THE DARK DAYS PACT, by Alison Goodman, Lady Helen Series, Razor Bill/Penguin Random House

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June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.

MY THOUGHTS:

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  This is the second book of the Lady Helen series, the first being the Dark Days Club.

I think what holds my attention with this series are three things. First and foremost, the setting. It is an excellently written historical setting made to feel authentic by the author and her focus on all the tiny details that made everything so incredible and immersive, and her cleverly applying these details in such unique and appealing ways. You wanted to live in 1812.

Secondly, I think the Protagonist was also written well.  Her character arc was accurately portrayed as she worked toward her goals. She is strong and clever, resourceful and humane. Her friendships and interactions with the others strengthens her believably.

Thirdly, the fact that a woman in an era that is expected to act the gentlewoman is in fact so much more and she owns it.

The romance in the story…meh. You could live without it since there’s so much more going on demanding attention. I also found the plot wandering a bit leading to confusion at times

I did love the unpredictability of the plot.  You had no idea what was happening next.

I highly recommend you start with book one and go from there.  A great under rated book series.

I gave this book:

4stars

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