Genres: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Format Read: Paperback
on November 20th 2018
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The thrilling, genre-bending conclusion to Lady Helen's demon-hunting adventures, set in the glittering Regency world.
Lady Helen has retreated to a country estate outside Bath to prepare for her wedding to the Duke of Selburn, yet she knows she has unfinished business to complete. She and the dangerously charismatic Lord Carlston have learned they are a dyad, bonded in blood, and only they are strong enough to defeat the Grand Deceiver, who threatens to throw mankind into chaos. But the heinous death-soaked Ligatus Helen has absorbed is tearing a rift in her mind. Its power, if unleashed, will annihilate both Helen and Carlston unless they can find a way to harness its ghastly force and defeat their enemy.
In the final book of the trilogy that began with THE DARK DAYS CLUB and continued with THE DARK DAYS PACT, the intrepid Lady Helen's story hurtles to a shocking conclusion full of action, heartbreak, and betrayal.
It’s been almost two years since I read and reviewed The Dark Days Pact. After that cliffhanger of an ending, it’s surprising that I was able to wait so patiently, while Goodman did her magic. But wait I did.
At the conclusion of book two, the stakes were definitely raised for Lady Helen and Lord Carlston, as we find out that they are a fated pair in the world of Deceivers and Reclaimers. Not only that but the fate of Lady Elyse was not as it seems, and Helen accepts Selburn’s hand in marriage even though her heart belongs to Carlston. Tensions were high and I was honestly ready to fly to Goodman’s house and just squat there until she finished book three.
Safe to say, I was very excited when the finished copy landed on my doorstep! Did I drop everything to finish this concluding chapter to Lady Helen’s story? Why yes, yes I did.
The Dark Days Deceit picks up where book two leaves off, and I’m glad to see that I still remembered a good chunk of what happened in the previous book, even though I didn’t revisit it before I dove into book three. Lady Helen is just as strong-willed as always, and Lord Carlston remains the brooding yet enthralling Reclaimer we have all come to love.
While I flew through the concluding novel, I couldn’t help but think that there was a lot of just…nothing happening. There seemed to be a disconnect between myself and the book that was definitely not there at the conclusion of book two. Maybe it was because of the time gap between the second and third books, or maybe it was because a majority of the book was spent just talking, training, planning for a wedding and really not much else. The excitement of Lady Helen’s escapades seemed to have flown out the window, even though she was preparing for the biggest fight of her Reclaimer career.
The plot in itself was exciting enough that I powered through the book in a matter of days — and it was nice to leave Lady Helen and her story knowing that she would be happy (not going to say much here, as it could be a spoiler for some). However, the romance and conclusion that I was waiting in anticipation for just felt a bit bland and rushed. Book one and two gave us sexual/romance tension that anyone could cut with a knife. This was still present, but I wanted more! I wanted — no, needed — more page time with Lady Helen and Lord Carlston that wasn’t about finding the Grand Deceiver. This might be a bit selfish as a reader, but I think their relationship (and the romantic tension) really drives a huge part of the story forward!
Oh well, you can’t always get what you want.
Regardless, the concluding chapter to Goodman’s Lady Helen series was a satisfying ending, even though the plot was quite predictable. For those that love a historical story with a paranormal twist, splendid writing and strong characters, make sure you give the Lady Helen series a go.
Thank you to HarperCollins Australia for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.