THE DARK DAYS CLUB
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