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The Dark Days Club

Part of the Lady Helen Series
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This first novel in a trilogy of deliciously dark, supernatural page-turners set in Regency England is packed with passion, period detail and devastating demons.

London, 1812, and sharp-minded, strong-spirited Lady Helen Wrexhall is about to be presented to Queen Charlotte. Her parents deceased, Helen lives with her authoritarian uncle and aunt, whose principle purpose is to see their niece secured in a seemly matrimonial match. But when Helen encounters the enigmatic, scandalous Earl of Carlson, she finds herself drawn from the dazzling lights of Vauxhall Gardens into the darkness of a parallel world of demons, whose deadly influence has penetrated the very core of political power. And she also discovers disturbing truths about her supposedly disreputable mother, and herself…

Under the full moon of her presentation ball, Helen faces an excruciating decision. Will she accept a proposal from the thoroughly decent Duke of Selborn and become a high society Duchess? Or will she use her newfound powers and join smouldering Lord Carlston in the Dark Days Club as a Demon Slayer? Alongside Helen’s absorbing personal conflict, the contrasts between the tightly corseted constraints of Regency England and the wildness of the dark, demonic underworld are brilliantly evoked. This is a consummately satisfying, un-put-down-able epic that will be devoured by fans of Cassandra Clare. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

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  • Edel Waugh - 'The story is a mix of elegance and demons set in a way that is almost believable, the characters and plot are divine as you never quite know which of them you can trust.'
  • Jenny Duffy - 'This is a compelling read, combining a richly detailed Regency London setting with a shadowy world of demons and violence.'
  • Humaira Kauser- 'The Dark Days Club is beautifully written, absolutely captivating and left me wanting more.'
  • Izzy Read - 'The Dark Days Club was modern and classic all at the same time and I loved it! It was a whole new world of excitement, twists and turns, that I never saw coming.'
  • Susie Holm - 'A brilliant read which explores the 19th century with a variety of characters that modern young adults can associate with in a way that is both easy and fun to follow.'
  • Megan Chambers - 'Like always with Alison Goodman, the plot is unique, with nothing else like it. I would definitely recommend this book.'
  • Megan West - 'I think this was a good book with interesting plots and characters. I enjoyed that it was set in a past era and that it had similarities between novels by Cassandra Clare.'
  • Destiny Maraj - 'a great storyline with a clever plot, the development off all the characters was fantastic and it was a brilliantly written novel.'
  • Amelia Corrick-Gough - 'I really loved this book! The best part was the ending, and I can't wait until the next book is released.'

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Synopsis

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Jane Austen's high society and Cassandra Clare's supernatural underworld collide in the first book in the Lady Helen trilogy, perfect for fans of historical fiction and fantasy. London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her curtsy to Queen Charlotte and step into polite Regency Society. Unbeknownst to Helen, that step will also take her from the glittering ballroom of Almacks and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens into a shadowy world of demonic creatures, missing housemaids and deadly power. Standing between those two worlds is Lord Carlston, a man of dubious reputation and infuriating manners. He believes Helen is destined to protect humanity, but all he can offer is danger, savagery and the possibility of madness. Not the kind of destiny suitable for a young lady in her first London Season. This delightfully dangerous adventure of self-discovery and difficult choices has all the unnerving dark magic of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and the action of classics such as The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Reviews

This is great fun: vivid Regency drama with a demonic supernatural twist. * The Bookseller * In a delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy, Goodman (Eona) tells the story of Lady Helen Wrexhall, a wealthy 18-year-old orphan on the eve of coming out at the court of King George III [...] Lady Helen is a well-drawn heroine, and her struggle to free herself from the stilted life of an early-19th-century noblewoman and embrace her wilder, darker self is powerfully delineated. * Publishers Weekly * The Dark Days Club is beautifully written, absolutely captivating and left me wanting more. -- Reader Review * Love Reading 4 Kids * The Dark Days Club was modern and classic all at the same time and I loved it! It was a whole new world of excitement, twists and turns, that I never saw coming. -- Reader Review * Love Reading 4 Kids * I really loved this book! The best part was the ending, and I can't wait until the next book is released. -- Reader Review * Love Reading 4 Kids * This is a compelling read, combining a richly detailed Regency London setting with a shadowy world of demons and violence. -- Reader Review * Love Reading 4 Kids * It's a simple concept, of course, and one that's hardly original, but what makes this a success is that it's written in such a wholeheartedly convincing style: the research into London in 1812 is impeccable, from the Pride and Prejudice-echoing dances to the politics of the day. The prose is as witty as Elizabeth Bennet herself and the whole book is a joy from start to finish. We'll be hearing more from Lady Helen - thank the lud. * SFX Magazine * It's refreshing to see a character like Helen: not a 21st century heroine effortlessly transcending the oppressive 19th century setting, but a normal girl who resists the temptation of this dangerous path. Helen's torn between her desire for a proper future and her fascination with her strange abilities, and it's in those moments of doubt when her courage and reason shine through the most. Lucky for us, this fantastic introduction leaves us hungry for more. * Entertainment Weekly * The Dark Days Club was a great mix of fantasy, history and romance with classic YA heroes and heroines and I would definitely recommend it to fans of The Infernal Devices or The Diviners series where the fantasy element and the rich historical background blend together really well. I would probably recommend this for the beautiful detail of Regency London alone and think anyone even vaguely interested in the era would find it enjoyable! * Bookish at Heart * The Dark Days Club was one of my favourite books I read last year. * sophiereadsya.blogspot.co.uk *


About the Author

Alison Goodman

Alison Goodman is the New York Times bestselling author of Eon and Eona, which have been sold into 18 countries and translated into 11 languages. She has taught creative writing at postgraduate level and professionally mentors a small number of writers. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and their Machiavellian Jack Russell terrier.

**Who would be your dream cast if the Lady Helen trilogy was ever adapted to a film? Which of the new characters are your favourite and why? Find out all the answers, and more, in this Q&A with Alison Goodman conducted by one of our Reader Reviewers, Humaira Kauser.

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Publication date

21st January 2016

Author

Alison Goodman

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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
496 pages
Interest Age: From 14 years

Categories

Fantasy
Debuts of the Month
Historical Fiction
Romantic Fiction
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Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781406358964

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