The Dark Days Pact (A Lady Helen Novel)

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Author: Goodman, Alison

Brand: Viking Books for Young Readers

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  • Viking Books for Young Readers

Number Of Pages: 496

Release Date: 31-01-2017

Details: Product Description Sequel to New York Times bestselling author Alison Goodman's acclaimed The Dark Days Club—a smashing combination of Buffy and Jane Austen!   Summer, 1812. After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers and prepare to face their master, the elusive Grand Deceiver. As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle.  Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection. When Mr. Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, he has a secret mission for Helen: find the journal left by a mad rogue Reclaimer, before it falls into the hands of the Deceivers. Coerced by Pike, Helen has no choice but to do as ordered, knowing that the search for the journal may bring about Lord Carlston’s annihilation. From School Library Journal Gr 9 Up—Following The Dark Days Club, this is the second book in this well-received series that blends Regency romance with supernatural adventure. In this installment, Lady Helen has moved to a fashionable seaside resort town, purportedly to recover from an incident in London that introduced her to the Dark Days Club and the hidden, esoteric work of the Reclaimers. However, her time is actually devoted to training so that she can fight the demonic Deceivers. Before Lady Helen's training is complete, she uncovers a supernatural conspiracy and struggles to learn the truth about it while also protecting her mentor, Lord Carlston, who is fighting his own internal demons. A fast-moving plot, intriguing paranormal elements, and a developing love triangle make this book hard to put down. Diverse, well-drawn supporting characters add depth, and readers will find it difficult not to root for the first female Reclaimer—a strong yet relatable protagonist. VERDICT This stand-alone series title is recommended as a first purchase. With obvious appeal to fantasy readers, this novel will also draw teens who enjoy historical fiction and mysteries.—Sunnie Scarpa, Wallingford Public Library, CT Review "The fantasy/Regency/history mashup readers didn't even know they wanted." — Kirkus Reviews "A fast-moving plot, intriguing paranormal elements, and a developing love triangle make this book hard to put down. Diverse, well-drawn supporting characters add depth, and readers will find it difficult not to root for the first female Reclaimer—a strong yet relatable protagonist." — School Library Journal "The attraction between Helen andCarlston is masterfully developed, and there is plenty of action and suspense to hook less romance-inclined readers as well. The last several chapters are a gripping headlong rush into a cliffhanger ending that promises more Lady Helen adventures to come." — Booklist Praise of Alison Goodman's The Dark Days Club:"This fantastic introduction leaves us hungry for more." — Entertainment Weekly? "Delicious. . . . Lady Helen is a well-drawn heroine, and her struggle to free herself from the stilted life of an early 19th century noblewoman and embrace her wilder, darker self is powerfully delineated." — Publishers Weekly,  starred review   ? "Fast-paced, rich in description, with fascinating characters and excitement, this tale from Australian author Goodman will leave fantasy fans wanting more." — School Library Journal,  starred review   "[ The Dark Days Club] takes off in a delightful way, juxtaposing the laced-up expectations of society against the newly stirring blood of a worthy heroine. . . . Try this with fans of genre twisters such as Jane Austen and Seth

EAN: 9780670785483

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New