Title: The Dark Days Deceit
Author: Alison Goodman
Series: Lady Helen Trilogy
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Dark Days Club
2. The Dark Days Pact
Date Started: January 12
Date Finished: January 17
Format: ebook from the digital library
Bath, December 1812. After the shocking events in London and Brighton, Lady Helen and Lord Carlston are now the newly forged Grand Reclaimer, a dyad of power bonded through blood and death. They cannot, however, yet control this terrifying new force between them. They and their Dark Days cohort have taken up residence in Bath, looking for the Deceiver who can give them the key to wielding their power and help them find their nemesis: the Grand Deceiver. Helen and Carlston are not only struggling to control their new dyad power. They must also contain their illicit feelings for one another as Helen prepares to marry the devoted Duke of Selburn. The wedding, to be attended by the Queen, is fast approaching and Helen must juggle her imminent life as Duchess with the dangerous and unseemly duties of a Grand Reclaimer. When an old enemy arrives in Bath bringing death and deceit, the final confrontation between Grand Reclaimer and Grand Deceiver is set into terrifying motion. Can Helen and Carlston finally unleash the power and love between them to save mankind from annihilation? Set against a background of glittering Regency society, this thrilling finale to the Lady Helen trilogy hurtles to a shocking conclusion full of passion, betrayal and heartbreak
So I should probably start off this review by saying that I was reading it as I was getting ready for a major event at work, so my attention wasn’t entirely focused on this novel. And if you remember my review for These Vengeful Souls I got this series and TVS confused plot wise. So, in theory, I really shouldn’t have read this book yet, but when it becomes available from the digital library, what are you going to do? Anyway, as I said, I wasn’t really focusing on this novel, a good fifty percent of the time I don’t think what I read actually registered, and near the end I was actually skimming past all the detail to figure out what happened.
And really, this thing was a monster – as a digital book with my font and size preference it was over 900 pages – because of all that detail. Normally, I would have been captivated by it, but I was just waiting for it to be over. Especially once I figured out that whatever was going to happen as the big finale was going to happen at the wedding. Not that I really needed all the details once I got into my head who the Grand Deceiver was probably going to be too, but I appreciated Goodman’s attempt at a twist.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Another series to add to my re-read pile once my TBR list gets down to a reasonable number again (ha). Otherwise, a lot of unnecessary description, and a very guessable conclusion. Although I am happy that it ended happily for our characters.
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