Print Length 482 pages
Publisher Viking Books for Young Readers
Published Jan. 26, 2016
New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid 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?
Lady Helen is an orphan being raised by her loving well-meaning aunt and her horrible uncle. Her parents perished when she was a little girl. She must make a good impression when she is presented to the Queen as her family has yet to overcome her mother’s traitorous past. It is at her presentation that she meets Lord Carlston who has a reputation that would have a proper young lady faint.
Lady Helen has been raised to be a proper lady. Balls, fittings and tea to ensure that she finds the proper husband and creates the proper children. If she does not follow this path she will lose everything, her family her life and god forbid her reputation. In the Dark Days Club, she will be given a choice, which way will she choose? Lady Helen plays the role of the proper lady so well that one could venture to say that she buys into it. Her role, what she is to do, secure a proper marriage. Only her curiosity is what keeps her guessing. What are those rumors surrounding her mother and her untimely death? She has a lot of social limits put on her. Can she overcome them to find the answers she seeks?
I am sure that people will compare Lord Carlston to Mr. Darcy. Let me just say that Lord Carlston is NO Mr. Darcy. He may share some characteristics but he seemed more like a Dr. Frankenstein with two different sides that a Mr. Darcy. Dark, angry with a lot more guilt as well.
The world building is amazing and vivid. The detail that goes into the story is amazing. The pacing is slow at times due to the details. The romance was lacking for me, there were a few swoony times but overall I need more. Hopefully the next book will have a bunch more.
Paranormal Regency at it’s finest. I needed this book like I need chocolate. Now I must find out what happens next!
My Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “Sometimes there is no good choice.”
Darby- Lady Helen’s maid
Duke- not too sure about him