The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House
3.5/5 The Dark Days Club is the first of a new series for Alison Goodman. Her previous works Eon and Eona are epic tales involving magic and dragons featuring asian mythology and astrology. This being the first book in the new Lady Helen series ,while having a fantasy element, is in stark contrast to her previous works.
The Dark Days Club takes place in London during the Regency era in 1812. Our heroine, Lady Helen, is a part of high society and now that she has come of age is effectively being married off for the best match possible by her aunt and uncle as her mother died in disgrace when she was a child.
What appears at first to be a tale much like Pride and Prejudice detailing English society, Lady Helen is soon drawn to the darker underbelly of London where demons lurk unbeknownst to the general population. As her awareness grows we learn of the demon infiltration into every level of society and how she might be an integral part of the fight for humanity.
This book is a wonderful example of a well-written and thoroughly researched historical fantasy that should appeal to lovers of Cassandra Claire’s Clockwork Angel series, and lovers of historical fiction in general with its rich detail.
So the reason I only gave this 3.5/5 and nothing higher even though I thought it was a really good book was because for me it was a little slow. Specifically the first half of the book, the pacing was a bit too slow for my liking. The demon storyline takes awhile to weave its way into the plot. I think there is a lot of world building and setting up in this book for the rest of the series.
Goodman brings her beautifully detailed writing and a head strong, independent female lead that tries to remain true to who she is in a time where everything is against her as a woman. In this book you get the drama of high society England, female friendship, some sizzling almost romance and of course demons! So definitely keep an eye out for this one, I predict it will be a wonderful series.
This book is when Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
If this sounds like the book for you, I would also recommend some of these other historical fiction/fantasies I have enjoyed:
- These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
- Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra
- Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger