The Dark Days Pact

The Dark Days Pact

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"Summer, 1812. After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers and prepare to face their master, the elusive Grand Deceiver. As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle. Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection. When Mr. Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, he has a secret mission for Helen: find the journal left by a mad rogue Reclaimer, before it falls into the hands of the Deceivers. Coerced by Pike, Helen has no choice but to do as ordered, knowing that the search for the journal may bring about Lord Carlston’s annihilation"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2017
ISBN: 0670785482 (hardback)
9780670785483 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: Y GOODMAN
Characteristics: 490 pages ; 24 cm

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This sequel to Alison Goodman’s The Dark Days Club is a thrilling read featuring Lady Helen Wrexhall. With her parents dead and no family to stay with, her friend and mentor Lord Carlston whisks her away to Brighton. She trains under him in hopes to harness her full Reclaimer powers. But Carlstons’s long term work as a Reclaimer has taken its toll on his mind. With his sanity slowly slipping away, Helen must seek out some of the most unpredictable and bloodthirsty Decievers to bring Carlston’s sanity back before it’s too late. In her search she is shunned by most of the male Reclaimers. There has never been a female Reclaimer in their midst before. Can Helen prove herself worthy to be a Reclaimer while at the same time restore Lord Carlston’s sanity?

In this book, I liked how everything was clearly laid out. You could picture the characters and it was difficult to predict what would happen next. The author was also accurate with the setting. This book was set in 1812 and accurately portrayed the elegant clothing and behaviour of the people of that era.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to teen readers who are looking for a book of suspense, adventure and mystery.
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marthabwaters
Jan 31, 2017

I enjoyed The Dark Days Club (Regency + demon hunting? yes please.) but I thought it was slow going at the beginning, and it took me a while to really get immersed in the story. Not so with this sequel: despite a year having passed since I read the first book, I was immediately caught up in the action of this one. Goodman adeptly reminds readers of the events of the first book without pausing awkwardly for a full recap, and then wastes no time in sending Lady Helen and Carlston headlong into further adventures. The period setting is impressively researched, with the change of scenery from London to Brighton making for interesting reading, and though the plot grows ever more complicated, I never found myself lost (which is more than I can say for a lot of YA fantasy series these days). Furthermore, the romantic subplot is incredibly well done, and the obstacles to Helen and Carlston's happiness seem, at the moment, close to insurmountable (as they should, with one more book to go). This was such a fun read -- my only complaint is that I'll have to wait another year for the trilogy's conclusion.

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