SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Alison Good­man re­searched the era so thor­oughly that she even wore the clothes and learned the dances.

re­leased 21 Jan­uary 486 pages | Pa­per­back/ebook Au­thor alison Good­man Pub­lisher Walker Books

“He must think her a trol­lop,” hero­ine Lady He­len Wrex­hall won­ders rue­fully at one point in this book, af­ter an en­counter with the brood­ing Lord Carl­ston. Said en­counter saw her a) sud­denly dis­cov­er­ing she has su­per-strength, b) send­ing the un­for­tu­nate Lord fly­ing across the room, and c ) stand­ing a tiny bit too close to the gen­tle­man than is pru­dent for Re­gency Lon­don so­ci­ety.

And therein lies a huge part of the charm of The Dark Days Club: pic­ture Buffy dis­cov­er­ing her Slayer strength while sur­rounded by so many so­cial con­ven­tions and taboos that she couldn’t even flash a hint of an­kle while skew­er­ing a vam­pire, let alone be un­chap­er­oned in a room with an­other man. (Lud have mercy at the thought!)

It’s a sim­ple con­cept, of course, and one that’s hardly orig­i­nal, but what makes this a suc­cess is that it’s writ­ten in such a whole­heart­edly con­vinc­ing style: the re­search into Lon­don in 1812 is im­pec­ca­ble, from the Pride & Prej­u­dice-echo­ing dances to the pol­i­tics of the day. The prose is as witty as El­iz­a­beth Ben­net her­self and the whole book is a joy from start to fin­ish. We’ll be hear­ing more from Lady He­len – thank the lud. Jayne Nel­son

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