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Top Historical Fantasy | Book Review: The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman

The Dark Days Club was utterly fantastic, and I can’t recommend it enough!

Book Review: The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman

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Title & Author: The Dark Days Club (A Lady Helen Novel) by Alison Goodman

Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Release Date: January 26, 2016

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Penguin

How I Got the Book: Advance copy via the publisher


“London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap? ”

I Loved Every Bit!

The Dark Days Club is a historical fantasy after my own heart. Not only is there an impeccable attention to historic detail, but the magic and supernatural elements carefully woven in the story were amazingly interesting.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. First, you should know that Lady Helen is not your typical ye olde times young lady. She is under the watchful eye of her aunt and uncle and unlike many historical fiction books, she acts according to her time.

By this I mean that she’s obedient and ladylike. And, while smart and worldly, she tries to hide it, as it was unseemly at the time. I loved that Lady Helen toes of the line of acting like a fine young woman and an unabashedly bold and curious girl.

Next, there’s the setting. The Dark Days Club takes place in London in the early 1800s. Lady Helen’s family is part of a fashionable set of people and when the book opens, Lady Helen is preparing her season of coming out.

But, what only a select group of people know is – there are Deceivers, a type of demonic force at work in England. Although it sounds dark and scary, it isn’t as much as you think it would be. If you’re a horror wimp like me, you can definitely handle it, no problem.

The only note I would make about the magic is that the descriptions of things had a clearly mature tone. Nothing was described in graphic detail but it was clinical, if you know what I mean. Descriptions of the magic were vivid but not gratuitous, is what I’m saying.

Don’t even get me started on the romance. It’s a wow for sure. That’s all I’ll say, but I was so thrilled every bit these two characters were thrown together.

One last note about the historical aspect of the book: Everything felt so authentic, especially with great terms like “the ton” and rigid social norms. This added so much richness to the story, and I just ate it up.


I absolutely loved every inch of this book! This is an excellent fantasy rich with history, magic, well-rounded characters and an incredible romance. You’re going to want to read The Dark Days Club as soon as possible – highly recommended.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Hey Lisa,
    firts of all: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope you had a nice Christmas holiday season!

    Oh yes… that book sounds good indeed! Well, my reading list for this year is about to explode even though the year has only just stared 😉

    Thanks for the recommendation!