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The Dark Days Club (A Lady Helen Novel #1) (Hardcover)
New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman's eagerly awaited new novel -- a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!
Helen must make a choice: Save her reputation, or save the world.
London, 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation at the royal court of George III. Her life should revolve around gowns, dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s maids disappears, she is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few able to stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons that has infiltrated all levels of society. Carlston is not a man she should be anywhere near, especially with the taint of scandal that surrounds him. Yet he offers her help and the possibility of finally discovering the truth about the mysterious deaths of her parents. Soon the two of them are investigating a terrifying conspiracy that threatens to plunge the newly Enlightened world back into darkness. But can Helen trust a man whose own life is built on lies? And does she have the strength to face the dangers of this hidden world and her family’s legacy? Set in the glittering social world of the Regency upper-crust, the Dark Days Club is a supernatural adventure that introduces New York Times best-selling author Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen Wrexhall—another heroine whom, like Eona, readers can take to their hearts.
About the Author
Alison Goodman is the author of the international best-selling and award-winning Eon/Eona duology, as well as the acclaimed Singing the Dogstar Blues and the adult thriller A New Kind of Death. Alison lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Ron, and their Machiavellian Jack Russell Terrier, Xander. She is working on Lady Helen’s next adventure. Visit her website at www.alisongoodman.com.au.
"This fantastic introduction leaves us hungry for more." —Entertainment Weekly
"It's rare — but thrilling — to find a book that takes both generic conventions and historical accuracy seriously, as Alison Goodman's delightful fantasy novel The Dark Days Club does." —NPR
★ "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 Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." —Booklist
"[Goodman's] impeccable research shines through on every page . . . and brings to life questions of freedom and choice for women. Readers willing to embrace the deep, deliberately paced journey will find the pace and tension increasing until the end leaves them eager for the next volume." —Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR ALISON GOODMAN: “I literally held my breath through much of this exciting book as Eon walks a razor's edge among powerful, plotting lords . . . I loved it. Can't wait for the sequel!”—Tamora Pierce on Eon *"This mesmerizing story begins where most novels end: in a tension-filled climactic event, in which the fate of the protagonist and a nation in the balance. Goodman catapults the reader headfirst into a pivotal moment in the Empire of the Celestial Dragons, a world so richly imagined that it feels real.”—Booklist , starred review for Eon
“One of those rare and welcome fantasies that complicate black-and-white morality.”—Kirkus Reviews on Eona
AWARDS FOR ALISON GOODMAN Eon and Eona: New York Times Bestsellers
Eon: Winner of the Aurealis Award A Locus Recommended Reading Selection A James Tiptree, Jr. Award Finalist An Amelia Bloomer Master List Selection An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A CBCA Notable Book Eona: An Indie Next Selection An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Singing the Dogstar Blues: An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Winner of the Aurealis Award, best YA novel