Title: The Dark Days Club
Author: Alison Goodman
Series: Lady Helen Trilogy
Date Started: February 17
Date Finished: February 24
Format: ebook from the digital library
London, April 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London.
There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?
I wanted to like this book because it sounded like something up my alley. London in the eighteen hundreds, a supernatural twist, and a female heroine who has to defy the restraints of her sex in the time period. I was intrigued. But it didn’t last. The Dark Days Club takes a while to set up its world, and normally I wouldn’t mind a long set up, but this one was quite boring. Lady Helen is about to make her debut in front of the queen and her aunt and uncle – who have taken custody of her since her parents death – are very focused on this debut, because it is her season and they have their eyes on the Duke of Selton. There are a few interesting tidbits thrown in that kept me flipping pages – like the mystery of why her mother is considered a traitor to the crown, her brother, and the disappearance of a maid – but if Lord Carlston hadn’t showed up when he did, I probably wouldn’t have finished this book.
When the Lord does appear, the intrigue mounts as Helen discovers things about herself that aren’t quite the norm. She has fast reflexes and can see blue sparks and as it turns out creatures – Deceivers – who feed on the life force of humans to grow in strength. As it turns out, Helen is a Reclaimer – someone who fights these beings – only she is unusual even in that. She is a direct descendant Reclaimer which has never been seen before. I won’t give away too much more since this is a recent new release, but the climax of this book fell a little flat and I kind of saw the ending coming.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This book is okay if you can get past the slow build up of the world and the somewhat dull characters. I’m still not sure what to make of Lord Carlston and The Dark Days Club. I have a feeling that Helen’s mother was right that she shouldn’t trust them, but I don’t know. This is also book 1 of a series, and I’m still undecided about whether or not I will continue with it. We’ll see.
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