Title : The Dark Days Club
Author : Alison Goodman
Series : The Dark Days Club, The Dark Days Pact, The Dark Days Deceit
Genre : YA fantasy, historical fiction
Release Date : January 21st, 2016
Publisher : Walker Books
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?
To be honest, this is actually a review of my re-read of The Dark Days Club and The Dark Days Pact. The last book in this trilogy (The Dark Days Deceit) just recently got released, and I realize I barely remember anything so I decide to re-read the entire first book and second book. And once again, eventhough I already knew what went down in this book, Alison Goodman still amaze me through her words.
The Dark Days Club is pitched as Pride & Prejudice meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I couldn’t think of truer comparison. Our Heroine, Lady Helen Wrexhall, is a noble woman and daughter of a infamous traitor (or so they thought). She had a completely ordinary life in Regency Era, up until she’s introduced to a hidden world where people with extraordinary power and demons exist. And the one who introduced her to this world is none other than Lord Carlston, a man accused of killing his wife 3 years ago.
Firstly, let me say that Alison truly did her research of Regency Era well. The way they talk, move, eat, and their daily activities felt so real for me. It’s like I’m being transported to the noble life in Regency Era. And according to her author’s note, some of the events, places, and things are actually real and still exist till today! Since English is my second language, there are some words I never even heard of so I had to google it. But still, it was worth the search.
As for the characters, they’re all equally awesome and wonderful. As I said before, the main characters, Lady Helen was born and grew up as a noble woman. However, throughout the series, we see her gradually change from noble woman to a warrior she was meant to be. By the end of the third book, she fully embraces her Reclaimer nature and be proud of it. As for Lord Carlston, he has the qualities we all love in a love interest : brooding bad boy (at least by regency’s standard) with mysterious past. So naturally, I’m in love at first read with him, and I definitely ship him with Helen (more to it later). The other characters, such as Helen’s Terrene (Reclaimer’s companion) Darby and Carlston’s Terrene Quinn are also awesome and has a lot of role in the plot. Their friendship is also something everyone love to have with their friends.
For the romance, I have two words to describe it : slow-burns. It’s probably one of my favorite tropes alongside enemies-to-lovers, and Alison really did a great job on writing it. Since this book was set in a noble world of Regency era, you can’t really be “free” with your choice. There’s a lot of etiquette and rules to follow. On top of that, Carlston is still considered married because they didn’t know what actually happen with his wife. So of course, that resulted in a lot of longing and sexual tensions and such. Even after 3 books, I still can’t get enough of them!
All in all, The Dark Days Club is an amazing series that worth your time. I haven’t seen enough people talking about this series, hence this review (and also because I love it so much). If this book has been in your TBR for a while, definitely pick it up now!