The Dark Days Club
Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 26, 2016
No. of Pages: Hardcover, 482 pages
Synopsis and Review:
The Dark Days Club follows Lady Helen as she discovers her hidden talents have a lot to do with the scandalous and mysterious Lord Carlston. With more and more secrets that are being unveiled about her late mother and her own abilities, she soon realizes that Regency London is more than just balls and carriages. In fact, she has a rather important role within this concealed world.
I particularly enjoy the setting of the book as Regency London is a time with balls and elegant gowns while a heroine fighting demons has quite the opposite image. Being a historical fiction novel, one would expect the setting to be very solid. It is apparent that Alison Goodman has outdone herself by researching very thoroughly. From the important historical figures to the small details such as artworks and publications, the author has clearly researched everything and even included the references at the back of the book.
The characters in the book are also very fascinating in that there are actually two strong female characters involved in the hidden magical world. While Lord Carlston gives out a strong Mr Darcy vibe, the silent, brooding yet charming type, Lady Helen is a one-of-a-kind character. She is elegant, intelligent and courageous. I also enjoy witnessing the dynamics between her and her maid.
Overall, this is a fantastic introduction to a trilogy that I certainly will continue with. While this novel seems to have concluded nice enough, meaning it does not end with much cliffhangers, it is apparent that Lady Helen’s journey into the Dark Days Club has just begun.