Do you know how long I've waited for this book? I finished The Dark Days Club last year, checked my calendar and went: "NOOOOOOO!"
So today, I'm thrilled to be a part of the Dark Days Pact blog tour. We're delving deeper into Lady Helen's world, and trust me: you want to join the ride.
Read our Q&A w/ Alison Goodman + our review AND a snazzy giveaway! (How can you resist?)
A Q&A with Alison Goodman:
Author of The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen, #2)
Hi, Alison! Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk to us about The Dark Days Pact! I absolutely loved The Dark Days Club, and have been dying to find out where Lady Helen’s journey will take her next.
Q: First things first: tell us about The Dark Days Pact. The last time we saw Lady Helen in Club, she was about to embark on a very different life. When and where do we catch up with her?
Q: I’ve heard from many authors that one of the most challenging parts of writing a trilogy, is the fact that you have to balance the information from the first book, with the need to set up the denouement for the third book.
Broadly speaking – since we don’t want to give spoilers away! – what kind of challenges did you run into, if any, while writing Pact?
Q: One of the reasons that Lady Helen stood out to me while I was reading Dark Days Club, was her willingness to bypass societal norms for the greater good.
Concurrently, you’ve mentioned before that part of your inspiration for the Lady Helen trilogy was your love of Austen novels, all of which feature heroines who are willing to buck trends to best of their own abilities.
Why do you specifically think stories about young women from the Regency period, who are willing to step in a role that society didn’t anticipate for them, are so compelling?
(I know that there are many stories with unconventional young women – I’m just really fascinated by what makes a Regency-era heroine, specifically. Hope that makes sense!)
Q: While each reader’s interpretation of a text is different, do you have a specific takeaway you hope that readers will garner from reading?
Q: Finally, what’s next for you? How are things progressing for Helen’s next adventure? Are you also working on anything else that we should know about?
So what now? First things first, the synopsis!
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.
And my review!
Lady Helen is settling into her new role within the club, forced to make some hard choices, as she grows in power and responsibility within the club. Things are only complicated with the reappearance of friends and romantic interests, who challenge and push her.
Helen's adventures felt especially timely now, as Goodman has her navigation the Regency world where women are forced to exist in a world where they are often not seen as equal to men - something illustrated by the reappearance of Delia.
Even with her powers, Helen is also asked to navigate that delicate balance, and Goodman does a spectacular job of showing how she treads that line - something which again, felt very timely - lightly, and with finesse.
Though Goodman weaves together several intricate plot lines, she does so in a way that gives Helen's story weight, and builds into her exceptional world.
With superb writing - it's both time period accurate, but with a bit of flair - beautiful characterization, I highly recommend DD Pact, full stop.
Check out the rest of the tour!
1/23 – A Page With a View – Like/Try/Why
1/24 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader – Interview
1/25 – Twinning for Books – Review + Mood Board
1/26 – My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post
1/27 – In Wonderland – Review
1/30 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File
1/31 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Interview <- Hello! :)
2/1 – Xpresso Reads – Playlist
2/2 – The YA Book Traveler – They Did What?!
2/3 – Icey Books – Guest Post
2/6 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
2/7 – Fiction Fare – Guest Post
2/8 – Forever Young Adult – Coming-Out Ball Mishaps
2/9 – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview
2/10 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Reasons to Read
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on January 23, 2017 and 12:00 AM on February 13, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about February 14, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.