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 


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.