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The Dark Days Pact

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The Dark Days Pact

Two months ago, Lady Helen Wrexhall was just an ordinary well to do young woman in Regency England. However, having discovered she is in fact a Reclaimer --- someone gifted with extraordinary powers to fight demonic Deceivers --- Lady Helen’s world has turned completely upside down.

"Goodman seamlessly integrates real life figures alongside her fictional creations, resulting in a secret society that is believable and intriguing in equal measure."

Now, cast out by her family, Helen has taken refuge with her good friends and aides to her mentor, Lord Carlston, in the fashionable seaside city of Brighton. As she continues to hone her new powers, even more evil is afoot from both human and Deceivers alike and Helen becomes entangled in a brutal, perhaps deadly, game of blackmail, subterfuge and betrayal. To make matters even more complex, Lord Carlston is acting increasingly more erratic and dangerous. Could Helen hold the key to his malady, or are her feelings clouding her judgement?

In the second installment in this supernatural, historical adventure series, Goodman has created a fantastic heroine in Helen. An outcast in a time of rigid, unbreakable rules, Helen is a fascinating character in an equally interesting time period. Having spent a great deal of the first book setting the scene, perhaps slightly to the detriment of the novel’s pace, Goodman has no such troubles in THE DARK DAYS PACT. The setting still feels very authentic, with the huge amount of research into the period evident on every page. The balance between providing enough historical detail and creating a fast-paced, involving story has been brilliantly reached in this novel and the supernatural elements do not feel contrived in this setting --- a testament to Goodman’s skill.  

The Lady Helen books seem to be going from strength to strength, full of unexpected twists and memorable characters. Goodman seamlessly integrates real life figures alongside her fictional creations, resulting in a secret society that is believable and intriguing in equal measure.

Reviewed by Becca Watts on January 13, 2017

The Dark Days Pact
(A Lady Helen Novel #2)
by Alison Goodman