The Dark Days Pact 

This entire sequel does live up to its name. It managed to make it seem even more dangerous for Helen, and that as a woman she still needs her reputation. And it really makes the world seem rather real, with the way that a lot of things are neither black or white or even the truth. 

We do begin right after the disastrous ball, with her learning to be a full reclaimer in fact. The entire world isn’t that accepting, Helen has to face quite a bit of prejudice because she’s the first. Her mother neither had the training nor taking part in the actual reclaiming. She was merely a poor vessel used to dump all the darkness into. 

As for the constant danger Helen faces, it is indeed a rather realistic presentation. Since she is a woman and during those times, they were more or less sheltered from the world. And expected to be an ornament. 

I really liked that this felt that her struggles were real. That when she needed to be trusted, it wasn’t always a given to her. At the same time, the same goes through when it comes to her training. Some believe that she should step back, some believe that a male at her side would do her good. 

As for the ship, I don’t really care whether she ends up with Carlston or Selburn. I would rather if she became independent and tried to find another love. Both of them, just doesn’t appeal to me at all. Selburn tries to protect constantly, and it does come off as belittling her rather than actually protecting her. Carlston, I just couldn’t feel their chemistry. Here is where I would want a middle ground, a middle ground between all of them to decide and I would prefer if Helen ended up with neither. 

They just don’t feel so fitted with each other. 

As for the pacing and the plot, it does quickly moves rather than at the snail’s pace of the previous books. Slowly, Helen needs to make a decision. And every decision has its consequences. And here is where we actually see a lot of the work that Helen needed to do, and actually having to dress as a man. Which is the most interesting part of the book, seeing that men’s dressing clearly needed quite a bit of help too. They clearly couldn’t dress themselves. 

As for the way the world views Helen, I would say that it is really realistic if you ask me. She is a woman and she is a reclaimer. And more often than not, they think she would put her emotions first. But in reality, she is trying to do the best she can and making the most sensible decisions as she can. 

I would say that this sequel is up to standard with the previous book. And perhaps even better too. As for the romance, I would say it again, I ship no one. But the world is fascinating and interesting given how much it seemed gothic yet completely original in terms of abilities and worldbuliding. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 


Eona: The Last Dragoneye 

I truly like this series, especially this. In Eon, it was hard to get past certain pages where it was just dry explanation. Not here, really, not here. Here I was hooked from the first page. 

This sequel had tied up even more and ended well, with everything going nicely like the dragons who existed for five hundred years and it was their end. Eona would be the last Dragoneye like the title states, and I just felt as though the reasons were well rounded. 

Here, secrets were all that existed. Allies were mostly temporary rather than permanent, and that I liked. And no matter what, all returned to who they really were. And villains remains as such. I liked that no matter what, certain traits couldn’t just change, and that Ido was still the same person except they have a similiar goal. And here about Kinra, she was someone that was willing to use any method possible to do it. Even if she killed another, but she always knew the truth. 

One thing great about the plot, was that it revealed all at the right time and secrets were always different. And with each secret revealed, things just changed and changed. I have never read something that changed with just one truth. 

Eona, she’s a good person no matter what. Despite her character being nice, she doesn’t have anything interesting. Kygo too, but Ido I did like him and find him complex. But she was always bound by circumstances and couldn’t do anything, she had many backlashes to her powers and needed to trust people even the most unlikely. 

As for the world, it was just rather interesting to know. Based off the zodiac and Qing dynasty, not a single person would wear in a queue in Imperial China except that particular dynasty. But I loved the world about the dragons, culture and even the gender bias here. And that the dragons were forced into this rather than freely allowed to go inside. 

Overall, I was hooked from the beginning and would recommend this series fully, it had never been boring from the first page and things always manage to suprise me. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 

The Dark Days Club 

 This is a book that I enjoyed very much. Not for the historical accuracy, I’m by far the person who knows the least about the Regency era. Only finding it out after looking into fantasy of manners as well as just randomly interested.

After reading Eon I wanted to try another book of hers, and this popped up. Well, I thoroughly enjoyed thid massive piece of work and it didn’t disappoint for me in taste.

But first, Helen is a good and strong protagonist. And she may be a special snowflake but I never feel as though she’s like that not even once, even for her own curiousity. And her doubt as well as being unsure was something I felt was real to her character, as she’s mostly expected to marry, and probably never worry. And when she stated the ability to feel powerful I thought that during that kind of era, a lot of women didn’t have much say. Whay wasn’t polite and what wasn’t and they were expected to behave like a girl.

And that she never felt too stupid, as she is naturally curious and in fact rather sensible. In that she doesn’t try to force a way to open for her, but to find one that no one could and would argue with. All the while she needed to be careful due to her current status. 

And the romance was little and I feel is what did it justice, as the romance here wasn’t important. And the love triangle is it even a love triangle, it’s like Helen trying to accept who she is and becoming a part of them or giving up her own abilities that was what Selburn and Carlston represented. 

And Lord Carlston, even though not much was revealed about him. But no doubt he is one misunderstood man. In fact, even though he still has the mystery whether he actually killed his wife or not. But he was always kind to Helen, and was in fact insightful and quite intelligent. He didn’t force Helen, knowing how difficult a choice it was for her to make. And that only someone truly devoted to the cause can do it, and that was what I agreed with. Completely. 

As for Selburn who decided to help Helen, and is still a mystery here, as his reasons for helping Helen just doesn’t sit right with me. It just doesn’t. He was kind and a gentleman all the while rolerant and forgiving and even willing to marry Helen. All the while helping her when she was in deep trouble. 

As for her Uncle, I vastly hated him. He feels as though women should be controlled and told what to do. He would have wanted a Helen who behaved and stayed within the norms. But if Helen was like that I would hate her, as she would make a boring protagonist to read through. 

As for the ending it was satisfying, although not much happened but there is still a lot left to be explained. And the ending was what I consider the best, and in facr most suiting Helen. All the while she has finally accepted who she is. 

But other than that, I have almost no complain for this book. Helen is a likeable protagonist who has agency and wants answers. With the world here being fascinating and even intriguing. All the while the whole thing about reclaimers those were pretty interesting aspects, as it was something new for me to read. I would definitely recommend this, but only if you want something deep and even well thought out, with little romance and even very little on having wit, with a paranormal spin during a historical era and a rather slow paced book. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 

Would you read the seuqel: Yes, I would read this like really. There is almost no reason not to read this. 

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn 

This book was quite the surprise for me, as the beginning was slow and dry that it took me nearly three days just to plough through it. But now that I have finished, I have almost no words for this story. It is absolutely well done and the mythology fascinating. 

But it’s way more off Chinese culture than Japanese, even though my knowledge is extremely limited on that subject. But it was definitely off more Chinese and the way the hair was said, I would say it was inspired off the Wing dynasty. 

The beginning was dry and hard, bit afterwards it was just one after another and I just couldn’t put it down at some points. The threat here is very real, and they would do all that needs to be done to get the throne and the main character is the only hope, and the whole thing is just utterly believable. 

And Eon being female here didn’t have the Mulan sort of vibe, it was forced upon her and she felt it better than to just be working at a salt farm. Is that reasonable? Yes. That was for her own survival. 

In fact, Eon is still quite a pitiful person, as she was a pawn in many games. And her sexuality and gender was important, as she unravels the secrets and schemes behind. 

But she still is willing to save them, instead of just abandoning them. But I enjoyed her, she wasn’t just some weak female character. Repressed her true idenity for a long time, for her future before realising how important it was. 

The many relavations which made me enjoy is mostly hidden by spoilers but those were my favourite pages of the book. That femininity here wasn’t just a hidden, it was important. 

And the clues were laid there, just that I didn’t put it togethet to form a coherent storyline. Which was more or less a bad decisions on my part. But I realised how it came together, that the clues were all there and hinted upon early. 

As for Dela who was a great representation I guess, since she was a male who preferred to be a female. And it was natural and important for her, heck I doubted Eon would know what to do if she wasn’t inside. 

Ryko, it was confusing sometimes to distinguish him between the Prince. His name is just too similar but his character is also important here. As he helps Eon many times here. 

As for the two antagonists, one is Ido who was the main antagonist for that book and the other being Sethon who I guess is for the sequel. Both were pretty good antagonists as they were real threats and wanted power. Lord Sethon was barely present, but Ido dominated this book, and he was a good antagonists. Although he turning good, that felt rather fickle, but maybe it’s to save his own skin. 

But otherwise this book was amazing and even very much so addictive. With the culture it taken off being mostly Chinese and that it wasn’t completely one sided in terms of gender roles. Who knew that being a woman here was also important and that the most important secrets for the mirror dragon were written in a language almost no man would understand or even know. 

But since the dry beginning I cannot give this the full 5 stars. But I’ll recommend those who truly love fantasy and would enjoy this fascinating world. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 

Reading the sequel: of course as this was an amazing book