The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman – review

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5 out of 5 stars

So after her completely disastrous ball, Lady Helen finds herself living in Brighton with Lady Margaret, where she is able to further her Reclaimer training. There’s a lot for Lady Helen to learn; how to fight, how to walk and talk (and dress) like a man, how to fight Deceivers without being able to see their attacking Whips. But training with Lord Carlston is proving difficult, as he is struggling to fight the darkness within himself. Lady Helen finds herself caught up in a web of lies and deceit; after a life of only worrying what gown to wear to balls, learning dances, she now has to worry about not only saving Lord Carlston, but also how to save a much coveted journal. Oh, and the person who has the journal? A disgusting soon-to-be-former Terrene who wishes to use Lady Helen to keep his enhanced abilities.

What I Liked

1) In my review of The Dark Days Club, I said that I found it to be slow – that is definitely not the case here. I was gripped! From start to finish! There is so many twists and turns in the plot, and a few new characters added. It was so difficult to decide who to trust.

2) Sprat! Sprat is fucking gold!I really hope she plays a bigger part in book 3.

3) The friendship building between Lady Helen and Mr Hammond. They are both needed to undertake the task of getting the journal, and so their trust builds. There was a part at the end where Mr Hammond (who is wholly and utterly loyal to Lord Carlston, and has been for a good while now) says to Helen:
“You are the only one who can save Carlston, but if he is beyond help and tries to kill you, do not hesitate. We cannot lose you too.”

(He might just be talking about how valuable Helen is to the Dark Days Club but hush up, I like to think it’s because they’re such good buds)

4) The ending! The ending, while it was painful and made my shipper heart run screaming, was brilliant. It was so gripping, oh my god, my heart was pounding and my hands were sweating.

What I Didn’t Like

The only thing I dislike about this book is Lady Margaret. She irritates the fuck out of me. Obviously I don’t like Lowry either, but I mean, that’s just a given, ya know? I don’t think Lady Margaret is meant to be as offensive as I find her.

Overall, this was a cracking sequel! These characters are the kind of characters where you can read about them and you don’t even realise you love them until afterward. I literally cannot tell you when I started loving these books, but I do and they’re going on my favourites shelf.

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