Published: January 21st 2016
Publisher: Walker Books
Length: 495 Pages
My Rating: 5 stars
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?
This is the first in a trilogy that combines my two loves historical fiction and fantasy. Helen had been feeling strange for weeks, restless energy had her wondering whether she was heading down the same path as her late mother who had been labelled a traitor. Meeting the accused murderer Lord Carlston opens her eyes to a hidden world, one her mother had been very much a part of. Helen must now make a choice, risk ruin and help save humanity or turn her back and possibly lose a bit of herself in the process.
I loved this book, it was fresh and unique. The characters are well developed, and I can’t wait to find out more particularly about the enigmatic Lord Carlston and the secrets he holds.
I love a good secret society and the dark days club is excellent; however, fitting with the times it is misogynistic, and I feel Helen is going to cause great difficulty for them.
This is a fantastic series for anyone looking for something new and is tired of romance heavy fantasy. There are hints of romance in this, but it is a background to the larger story.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.