The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen Trilogy Series #2)

The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen Trilogy Series #2)

by Alison Goodman


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Sequel to New York Times bestselling author Alison Goodman's acclaimed The Dark Days Club—a smashing combination of Buffy and Jane Austen!
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142425114
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Lady Helen Trilogy Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 204,698
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Alison Goodman is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Eon/Eon duology, as well as the YA science fiction thriller Singing the Dogstar Blues, and an adult novel, A New Kind of Death (originally titled Killing the Rabbit). She was a D.J. O'Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a Master of Arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level.

She is on Twitter @AlisonGoodman and keeps a constantly-growing Regency treasure trove at

Alison Goodman and her husband live in Victoria, Australia, with their irrepressible terrier, Xander.

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Chapter One Friday, 3 July 1812

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The Dark Days Pact 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting and spell binding. Loved the book waiting for the 3rd in series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goodman does a great job of continuing the saga of Lady Helen and her acquaintances down the path of the Dark Days Club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an incredible sequel. The characterization, research, worldbuilding, and writing were just as incredible as in the first book if not more so. I cannot WAIT for book 3.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Alison Goodman is my kind of writer. She creates worlds, events, and characters that are so believable to me that I cannot imagine them not being real. This is a breakneck follow up to the Dark Days Club. There is hardly a moment to breath throughout the story. It is marvelously crafted and mesmerizing. I want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly unique, brilliant, gripping... I only wonder how Goodman will resolve the plot in just one more book. I hope she doesn't succumb to GRR Martin disease, since this book & its predecessor are among the best things I've read in a long time.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
After reading and loving The Dark Days Club, I knew I would be devouring the sequel as soon as I could. And when I saw The Dark Days Pact available, I legit screamed and downloaded it. Lady Helen is still just as awesome as she was before. She's stronger this time around and I really enjoyed seeing her work out the new facets of her powers. The rest of the gang is all here and they're definitely in for some changes. There are a lot of twists and revelations in this book and I was on the edge of my seat for the last quarter of it. I just couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Be prepared for anything and everything, but it's the ending that just might kill you in the most delicious way. The third book has quickly become a title that I would do horrible things for. I can't wait to see what happens next. **Huge thanks to Viking Books and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman Book Two of the Lady Helen series Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers Publication Date: January 31, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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 and her maid, Darby, to spend the summer season in Bristol, where Helen can sharpen her Reclaimer powers. Then the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work take hold, and his sanity begins 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 ever higher for Helen, and her decision will truly change the world… What I Liked: The Dark Days Pact is an excellent follow-up to The Dark Days Club - it follows none of the sequel slump pattern that we've seen so often in Young Adult trilogies. I liked The Dark Days Club very much, though at times I found that book to drag a little. This sequel was thoroughly intriguing and entertaining, with a lot of action and revelations, and a little bit of angst. I enjoyed this book immensely and I am looking forward to reading the final book in the series. Lady Helen is well on her way to becoming a fully trained Reclaimer, and an official member of the Dark Days Club. Mr. Pike comes to Bristol to swear her in, and he also gives her a task: obtain an important journal of a secretive nature. But it's clear that Mr. Pike has another intent - spy on Lord Carlston, and get rid of him. But Lord Carlston has been showing signs of deterioration, in his health. Time is running out to find a cure, which also hinges upon the journal. Helen must get the journal before Carlston does, or risk breaking her oath as Club member. But she doesn't trust anyone except Carlston, Mr. Hammond, Mr. Quinn, and Darby, and she doesn't think Mr. Pike is honorable. The journal itself isn't what it seems, and Helen's decision about what to do with it will have consequences she can't comprehend. This sequel moves at a faster pace than The Dark Days Club, which I appreciated. I loved The Dark Days Club, but there were definitely times when I really felt the length of the book (500+ pages). This book is also around that page length, but it has more action and intrigue, in my opinion. Helen was always getting up to something sneaky, which I thought was hilarious (good for her!). You can clearly see Helen's growth, in this novel! Much of this book is focused on her training as a Reclaimer, and so we see her grow in that way, but also in general. She stands up for herself and doesn't let herself get shuffled around. When her oath to the Days Days Club comes up against her loyalty to her friends, and Carlston, she doesn't meekly follow one side or the other. She seeks more information and bides her time, but ultimately, she makes decisions. I wouldn't say she is totally decisive at first, but she really grows into a stronger character. There are so many feminist moments in this book in which I was cheering for Helen. Especially every time she told Selburn she didn't need a protector - you go, girl! Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)