The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman comes out on January 31st! It’s the second book in a really fun series about Lady Helen, a Regency era demon hunter. I’d definitely recommend it if you like any of the seven books I listed below (this list could also work as further recommendations if you already read & loved The Dark Days Club)!
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Alison Goodman is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Eon/Eonaduology, as well as a YASF thriller, Singing the Dogstar Blues, and the adult novel A New Kind of Death (originally titled Killing the Rabbit). She was a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a Master of Arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level.
Summer, 1812. After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers and prepare to face their master, the elusive Grand Deceiver.
As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle. Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection.
When Mr. Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, he has a secret mission for Helen: find the journal left by a mad rogue Reclaimer, before it falls into the hands of the Deceivers. Coerced by Pike, Helen has no choice but to do as ordered, knowing that the search for the journal may bring about Lord Carlston’s annihilation.
Check out this series if you liked…
1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
DESCRIPTION: The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.
WHY: This trilogy is probably the most similar because it takes place around the same time period and involves secret clubs & demon hunting!
2. Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
DESCRIPTION: On her eighteenth birthday, Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt,” will inherit her family’s treasure: the Newington Emerald. A dazzling heart-shaped gem, the Emerald also bestows its wearer with magical powers. When the Emerald disappears one stormy night, Newt sets off to recover it. Her plan entails dressing up as a man, mustache included, as no well-bred young lady should be seen out and about on her own. While in disguise, Newt encounters the handsome but shrewd Major Harnett, who volunteers to help find the missing Emerald under the assumption that she is a man. Once she and her unsuspecting ally are caught up in a dangerous adventure that includes an evil sorceress, Newt realizes that something else is afoot: the beating of her heart.
WHY: It’s also a Regency adventure with some romance, a girl who disguises herself as a guy, and a paranormal aspect.
3. Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey
DESCRIPTION: Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research. Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.
WHY: This Regency era story might not have demon hunting, but it still has a strong female lead and really gets into the same sort of intrigue & social scenes!
4. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
DESCRIPTION: England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.
WHY: It’s a hilariously self-aware adventure set in the Regency era with a bit of a paranormal aspect thrown in.
5. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessia Cluess
DESCRIPTION: I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I? Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?
WHY: It’s set in Victorian England and has a magic-ish main character who defies social norms and battles monster-types.
6. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Ok, I don’t want to put the book description or say exactly why this one has some similarities because it’s the second book in its series and that would give away a ton of spoilers. Basically, it has demon hunting, London, some ties to the past, two societies fighting each other, and a strong female lead. It’s set in modern times, but there are still enough similarities that I figured I might as well mention it!
7. Jane Austen
I seriously learned so many facts from The Dark Days Club and thought the depiction of life in that time period was right up there with Jane Austen’s books. I don’t know if Alison Goodman has a TARDIS or how she managed to create such a vivid life for Lady Helen without actually living it… but it sure felt super authentic.
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