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The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen Trilogy Series #1)

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen Trilogy Series #1)

by Alison Goodman


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"Captivates with a mix of history and fantasy. [An] immersive, action-packed narrative.” —USA Today's Happy Ever After

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eon and Eona; a Regency adventure series starring a stylish and intrepid Buffy-esque 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?

* Includes a bonus Dark Days Club novella! *

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594753117
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Series: Lady Helen Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alison Goodman is the author of the international and New York Times bestselling and award-winning Eon/Eona duology, as well as the acclaimed Singing the Dogstar Blues and the adult thriller A New Kind of Death.
     Alison lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Ron, and their Machiavellian Jack Russell Terrier, Xander. She is working on Lady Helen’s next adventure.
     Visit her website at

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Helen pressed her finger­tips hard against her mother’s portrait. Her aunt was still engaged with Lady Gardwell. Could she risk showing it? “Millicent,” she whispered, her heart beating hard. “Look.” She opened her hand, giving a glimpse of the miniature tied to her fan, then snapped her fingers shut.

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The Dark Days Club 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goodman time travels you to the past. Exquisitely written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore this book! The historical setting is seamlessly combined with the supernatural plot. The characters are well developed and I rooted for Lady Helen from the beginning of the story! Can't wait for the sequel!
JessabellaReviews More than 1 year ago
Regency Era London + Demons + Witty Heroine = MUST READ!! I was really looking forward to this book, as I am a HUGE fan of Historical Fantasy of any kind! This book had it all. All of the trappings of the Regency era that I love to read about. The clothing, the pressure to marry well, the elegant social gatherings that the London upper crust simply MUST attend because so and so will be there! I find it all so fascinating! Mix in a couple handsome young men, a young Lady who's curiosity could kill 100 cats, and Alison Goodman's beautiful writing; and we end up with one hell(literally) of a reading experience! The world-building was second to none. Goodman has a way of transporting us directly into the Regency era. I literally felt as if I too were attending every party, ball, and lunch. Not to mention the breathtaking action scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat! The main character, Lady Helen Wrexhall is witty, kind, adventurous, and not easily persuaded once she had set her mind to something. In that day in age, you would have been hard-pressed to find many upper-crust young ladies with those qualities. If you liked Eona from Goodman's Eon duology; you will definitely love Lady Helen! I really enjoyed the relationship Helen had with her lady's maid, Darby. She was always so sweet to her and never a you-know-what. Their friendship was actually one of my favorite parts of the book. What about romance?!? Well I'll just say that there is some romance, but you'll just have to read the book to find out who gets coupled up or not... :D This is a large book for YA standards(which I LOVED), 496 pages to be exact, and I read it in a night and a few hours the next morning. It is exciting, fast-paced, and you simply MUST know what's going to happen next! By the end of the book, a good amount of the mysteries are revealed, but as this is a trilogy...which means more demons to battle, lives to save, and the Regency era in all it's exciting splendor!
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I love stories set in the 1800s. This story started out slow, but the pacing was good for the story. It took a while to get used to the characters and their situations. Helen lives with her aunt and uncle because her parents died. Her mother had a scandalous past, which her aunt and uncle fear has been passed on to Helen. I loved the fantasy elements of the story. It contrasted with the Regency atmosphere of the book. I couldn’t guess what was going to happen. It was also quite intense at times. I was sad to see this story end because I really liked it, but I’m glad that it’s a series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this and look forward to the next one!
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: A Regency romp with a paranormal twist! Lady Helen is making her debut her and everything most go exceedingly well, especially since her mother was a supposed traitor to the British crown like her Aunt and Uncle repeatedly tell her. However, when a house maid goes missing and Helen starts feeling strange powers come over her, she knows all is not as it seems. Lord Carlston confirms this and shows her a world she had never knew existed–one where demons hide in plain site, killing at will. But can she believe everything Lord Carlston tells her since his own past is nefarious at best. Helen must decide who she should trust and what her future will be before fate decides it for her. So this has been on my TBR pile for a while. I loved Eon and Eona and adore Regency tales, so when I heard Alison Goodman was writing a regency tale with paranormal and fantasy elements, I knew I had to read it. I really enjoyed Lady Helen as a MC. She was bold and inquisitive, elements that influence the plot greatly, and I enjoyed her story arc. There were times though I just wanted her to really speak her mind toward certain characters and it frustrated me when she didn’t. I’m still not sure how I feel about Lord Carlston especially after some of his dubious choices, but I’m trying to stave off judgment until later. I think my favorite was Darby, Lady Helen’s maid. She has no qualms whatsoever about speaking her mind and she is loyal to a fault. My only issue with this book was the plot. At times it moved exceedingly slow. I think a good chunk of this book could have been edited down. Some scenes just dragged and could have been summed up a little more concisely. Other than that, I loved the plot. There were twists and turns that you didn’t see coming and the ending will have you running to the store when the second installment comes out. There aren’t enough Regency stories in YA if you ask my opinion so when one comes along, you read it! Goodman has put her own spin on the genre and has done so quite well!
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dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I very liked the author's Eon/Eona books. She has continued here without disappointing me. We have a very strong woman character with confusing and somewhat frightening abilities and inclinations. Not what you want in a "proper" young woman of the time. A "gentleman" about whom she is warned and yet who seems to have answers to questions she is just beginning to form. To what extent can she trust him and, more to the point, herself?! It's all quite exciting and marvelous. I eagerly await the next book.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I took a while to get through this book because I loved it right from the beginning and I wanted to savor it. I adored Lady Helen from page 1. She's smart and so logical while in the middle of an illogical situation. Lord Carlston was enigmatic and perhaps unintentionally swoony, but I just couldn't get enough of the two of them together. Even though {much to my disappointment} there wasn't much that happened between them. The few long gazes and silent conversations that run rampant in the regency times were deliciously satisfying. The plot was intriguing and kept me guessing until the very end. I have a theory and since nothing was completely revealed, I'm still going to think I'm right. There better be at least one more book and as soon as I'm able to, I'm going to get it in my greedy hands.
erinlee20 More than 1 year ago
The Dark Days Club is the first book I have read by Alison Goodman but I can tell you it won’t be my last. I have been on a historical fiction kick lately and the second I cracked the cover on this book, I was pulled into the story and couldn’t put it down. Lady Helen Wrexhall is eighteen and has been raised since she was eight by her aunt and uncle due to the death of her parents. To add another layer to her story, we find out that Helen’s mother was seen as a loose cannon and Helen’s guardian’s biggest fears are that her mother’s reputation will create problems for Helen. Since Helen is now of age, her presentation to the queen and her season is what will determine whether she finds a match amongst the gentlemen of society. The thing I love about historical fiction (if they are done well) is that they bring me into the story and Goodman does a fantastic job of setting up the story here by showing the restrictions women had placed upon them during the 1800’s. To be a lady in Regency London meant you had to follow the rules or become an outcast or even put into an asylum. Admittedly the first quarter of the book is really setting up the story and while it built slowly, it didn’t bother me. Lady Helen is an interesting character. She starts out as someone who is focused on making her family proud and that means she can’t embarrass them. She also still very much loves her mother and father and when she hears disparaging comments about her mother, she has to fight her reaction to defend her because she knows it will cause a stir. In addition to that, she doesn’t really know her mother’s history and that is something she wants to remedy. As she is introduced to new people throughout the novel, Helen begins to learn more about her mother and it only reinforces her love for her mother. I don’t want to say too much about the Reclaimers and the Dark Days Club but as Helen becomes more involved with Lord Carlston and the Club, she learns more about herself and what is important to her. The paranormal aspect is what adds a twist to this story and separates it from other historical fiction novels I have recently read. I loved the idea of this small group of people that possess the strength and ability to protect the world from these demons who wreak havoc on society (at all levels). The fact that the main character is someone who has restrictions placed upon her by society and she has to figure out how to make it all come together while still maintaining her reputation was just another fantastic layer to this story that I loved. Goodman definitely did her research for this book. Between the clothes, the society nuances, and the overall atmosphere, I felt like I was navigating society right alongside Helen and I loved every minute of it. After I finished the book, I found her pinterest page just so I could see all the images that she describes and uses throughout the book. Consider checking it out if you are curious – I love those sorts of things and this only helped me to picture everything that was being described. If you are looking for a book that has a page turning story, a historical bend, and some great characters, definitely check this one out. I loved the twists and turns Goodman has put into this story and I can’t wait to see what the next book in this series brings. The Dark Days Club has made my list of favorites and I will be looking forward to more from Goodman.
Amester6 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read any of Alison Goodman's other novels, but after reading this I might have to. I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately, and this book was the perfect thing to get me out of it. I freaking loved it, and the wait for the next book will be excruciating. This book is quite long, but I didn't think that it dragged at all. The depth that Alison Goodman went to in her research of the Regency Era was clear, and I found the time period fascinating. This book was so unique and interesting; it completely blew me away. *Thank you Penguin for the free eARC in exchange for my honest review*
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. The demon hunter concept and 1812 setting captivated me more than if set in present day mainly because of the rules of society and expectations placed on a 'proper young lady'. As someone who also frequently spouts unfiltered comments and thoughts, I enjoyed Lady Helen's quick wit and remarks considered inappropriate for a woman of that time period. However, the real draw for me was Lord Carlston with his dark, mysterious past and commanding presence. The book is well-written and the author did an extensive amount of research, with incredible attention to detail and real-life historical characters interwoven into the story. While I understand the author's need to introduce the reader to Lady Helen's world and establish the norms of 1812, it took over 100 pages to get to the heart of the story, and with this book coming in at nearly 500 pages, maybe some parts could have been trimmed to even out the pacing somewhat. With this book classified as YA, I'm not sure how much of that audience would stick around through the slower parts. Although the action picked up toward the end and didn't leave the reader with a big cliffhanger, I expected something - more. Thanks to Penguin's First to Read Program for the digital ARC!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does this sound sad and i went undstand what it is all about because i dont went to read it if im going to cry and no like the bok i need to like the book before i read it