February 2017 NewGen Book of the Month.
In a Nutshell: Supernatural Regency Extravaganza | This second book in the lavishly entertaining Lady Helen trilogy - think Jane Austen meets contemporary supernatural sass – more than matches the dark drama of its impressive predecessor.
Having decided to join the charismatic Lord Carlston in the Dark Days Club as a Reclaimer, Lady Helen is undergoing training in Brighton during the summer season. But, before she’s been fully instructed, Carlston feels certain that a Grand Deceiver has arrived on English soil, and defence against Grand Deceivers cannot wait for apprenticeships to be completed… But that’s not all. Lady Helen must also manage the somewhat problematic matter of the Home Office having their own agenda for her, along with some rather taxing matters of the heart.
This glorious sequel has it all for fans of fantasy and historical fiction - paranormal clashes, political intrigue, smoldering romance, a handsomely headstrong heroine, and bejeweled historical detail. The writing fizzes with passion and panache throughout, much like Lady Helen herself. ~ Joanne Owen
The Lady Helen trilogy is set in Regency England; Alison Goodman says: "I like the veneer of civility over raw human emotions, the elegant and opulent surroundings, the fashion, the dancing, and how meeting the eyes of someone or the fleeting touch of their hand can take on enormous meaning. As a writer of historical fiction, I also love how the Regency is like a mirror for today’s society- excessive consumerism, huge divide between rich and poor, and a lot of civil unrest." Read a full Q&A with the author here.
The second book in the compelling Lady Helen trilogy, a delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy (Publishers Weekly starred review). Combining Jane Austen's high society and Cassandra Clare's supernatural underworld, Alison Goodman's second novel in the Lady Helen trilogy will delight fans of historical fiction and fantasy. Brighton, July 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is spending the summer season in Brighton, where she will continue her Reclaimer training and prepare for her duties as a fully fledged member of the Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, believes that a Grand Deceiver has arrived in England, and there is no time to lose in preparing Helen to fight it. As she rushes to complete her training, Helen finds herself torn between her loyalty to Carlston and the orders of the Home Office, who wish to use her to further their own agenda. Meanwhile, the Duke of Selburn seems determined to try and protect her, irrespective of the risk to himself. With so much at stake, Helen must make an agonizing choice between duty and devotion.
Sequel to The Dark Days Club. The first book was huge-fun, a delicious mash-up of Regency romance and supernatural fantasy. Bookseller
Praise for The Dark Days Club
“Amazing research, really fun characters and such an original idea.” Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes
he prose is as witty as Elizabeth Bennet herself and the whole book is a joy from start to finish.” SFX Magazine
“This is great fun: vivid Regency drama with a demonic supernatural twist.” The Bookseller
“Lady Helen is intelligent, lively and brave, and one of the best YA protagonists I have come across.” Emer, teen reviewer, Lovereading.co.uk
“Edge-of-the-seat supernatural thrills in the fashionable London of 1812.” Jane Austen’s Regency World
“This fantastic introduction leaves us hungry for more.” Entertainment Weekly
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
|Publication date:||26th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Fantasy, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage), Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage), Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
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 ...More About Alison Goodman