Series: Lady Helen #1
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers on January 26, 2015
Genres: Historical, Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: ARC Hardcover
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New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!
London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?
At A Glance
Slow but interesting.
I have never read a book like The Dark Days Club. Goodman did a great job of blending fantasy and the Regency period. So much punch-worthy sexism, horny tentacle demons, and stylish balls. Can’t forget the stylish balls.
I felt bad for Lady Helen. She is sucked into a dark world and all she wants to do the whole book is crawl her way out. Fighting demons in the 1800’s is not an easy feat for a female. She makes the best of her situation though. She is pretty kickass when she wants to be. Poor girl didn’t know who she could trust though, even amongst her friends. Lord Carlston is so sketchy it’s hard to know who’s side he is on. I loved his little smirks though. Such a smartass.
The story’s concept had me right away and I love how Goodman paid attention to the fine details. With Goodman behind the wheel, I knew I wasn’t going to miss anything.
The pacing was super slow. Everything from how well Helen curtsied to killing demons, it was all so freaking dragged out to a snail’s pace. I felt no urgency or tension during the fight scenes. I love historical stories, so I’m use to a gentler book in these areas, but when you add fantasy, you have be more lively in some areas. Seriously, these almost 500 pages needed a huge dose of “Hell yeah!” and “Let’s get these basterds!”
This book is oddly sexual without any real sex at all. We get to experience the Regency’s version of magazine porn and live-action tentacle porn. Yeah, that just happened. Other than that, there was very little steam between the characters. We get an almost kiss, which horrifies Helen. I laughed at that one.
I haven’t read a historical fantasy in some time, so The Dark Days Club really hit the spot. Sure, it’s a bit slow and not very intense, but everything else was spot on. Very recommended.