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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 blo 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.


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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 blo 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.

30 review for The Dark Days Deceit

  1. 4 out of 5

    mith

    yeah, no offence, but the covers in this series are terrible. and even WORSE is that it's coming out in november --- THIS IS CALLED THE DARK DAYS DECEIT and i just saw Sept. 2018 so i'll be in my grave until then. --- when will I GET SOME NEWS

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nastassja

    Another favorite series delivers a low blow, crushing my girlish hopes of the epic finale and heartstopping romance. What do you expect from a series that ended previously on a high note of girlish squicks and dancing around the room? Right. You expect epic conclusion. You expect the high to be even higher. You definitely do not expect the series to soar into the sky and then crash down on earth with 80 percent of the boring content of talking, walking, wedding preparations then more talking. An Another favorite series delivers a low blow, crushing my girlish hopes of the epic finale and heartstopping romance. What do you expect from a series that ended previously on a high note of girlish squicks and dancing around the room? Right. You expect epic conclusion. You expect the high to be even higher. You definitely do not expect the series to soar into the sky and then crash down on earth with 80 percent of the boring content of talking, walking, wedding preparations then more talking. And what romance? What feelings? The high I felt from interactions between the characters in book 2 is gone; disappeared into the zero chemistry land. I literally spent a whole hour of mulling around after I finished the book, seriously contemplating maybe something was wrong with me and I somehow missed all the awesome parts? But then I ran all the events in my head and didn't notice any gaps in my memory. This book indeed was dull to the brim. Granted, I had my own theory who the villain is and expected to be correct on that front (view spoiler)[ Yes, I was correct about Selburn being the Grand Deceiver, at least a part of it, but the dullness of the plot in no way helped me to feel excited about that fact. On the contrary, when the moment of revelation came I read it and thought, 'Boring! Give me something, at least!' (hide spoiler)] And you know that feeling when some of your beloved secondary characters die and you feel like a part of your world is dying as well? Yeah, I didn't feel it (view spoiler)[Delia and Margaret's deaths didn't stir one bit of sadness in me; my eyes stayed dry and my frown only deepened. (hide spoiler)] And I am not even touching the topic of romance and useless love-triangle. Come on, where's my Helen/Carlston searing chemistry? Where're my star-crossed lovers? Did Helen seriously start to think she is in love with Selburn and blushed in his presence all the time? I want to vomit at such notice, my tolerance for nonsense is very low if not absent at all. I guess I am giving this book 3 stars only in regard to the whole series that holds and will hold a special place in my heart. I will just pretend that The Dark Days Deceit was, indeed, a deceit that never happened, therefore I will think of my own ending where the death of the whole world is better than such a pitiable finale.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    EDIT, January 21st, 2017 --- Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh. This book is incredibly far away. HOW can I wait, after that ending (The Dark Days Pact)!? Tell me it isn't so... Book One - The Dark Days Club - was sooooooo good! I need the sequel, and this one!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    While I still really enjoyed this book and read it in a single day, it was definitely my least favourite in the series. The magic system goes pretty much haywire here, there's a lot that I was confused about and most importantly: while I love a good slow burning romance, I also want that to properly pay off and that decidedly did not happen here in my opinion. You think I read three books about these characters to be happy with a single page of romantic conclusion? Nope. This is still one of my f While I still really enjoyed this book and read it in a single day, it was definitely my least favourite in the series. The magic system goes pretty much haywire here, there's a lot that I was confused about and most importantly: while I love a good slow burning romance, I also want that to properly pay off and that decidedly did not happen here in my opinion. You think I read three books about these characters to be happy with a single page of romantic conclusion? Nope. This is still one of my favourite YA fantasy series ever, I love the setting, the characters, the plot. All of that is true for the first two as well as this one, but I really was hoping for more in the romance section here. Lots of swooning and angst but no actual action, and after three books of pining (mostly on my part) that was quite unsatisfactory. An epilogue would have been honestly enough. I don't think that's asking for too much. Excuse me while I go be salty somewhere hoping there'll be a follow up novella or something :P

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kalie

    Listen. With this last book being published in a handful of months and the trilogy being soon complete, I’m going to need way more people to read the series because it is an underrated gem and EVERYONE IS SLEEPING ON IT. So here’s my plea: Get on it. Please. I’m sitting here, having just finished the final book, and I want to scream about it to an audience who would understand my blathering, but I can’t because a). this book isn’t being published until November and b). far too few have read the f Listen. With this last book being published in a handful of months and the trilogy being soon complete, I’m going to need way more people to read the series because it is an underrated gem and EVERYONE IS SLEEPING ON IT. So here’s my plea: Get on it. Please. I’m sitting here, having just finished the final book, and I want to scream about it to an audience who would understand my blathering, but I can’t because a). this book isn’t being published until November and b). far too few have read the first two installments anyway. THE DARK DAYS series is legitimately one of my favorite historical fantasies. I’m always wary of bestowing such honorifics on series that are unfinished. However, now that I have read the complete series, I can say this with definitive measure. If you’ve ever wondered what a Jane Austen would be like if it contained a paranormal/supernatural element (but, you know, was actually good unlike some well-known books I could name), this is for you. Everything is so meticulously well-researched down to every little detail that I would like to commend Alison Goodman for that alone if everything else weren’t also of exceptional merit. I cannot overstate it enough. All of those details reel you in to the setting, fully immersing you into the time and place and then WHAM! smacking you full force with the fantastical elements that end up woven rather seamlessly throughout the narrative. How well-researched this series is might be my favorite thing about it, to be honest - and I love A LOT of things about it, no less the vibrant characters and a delicious, simmering, slow-burn romance full of tension and mutual aching (my weakness oh no!). There is something for everyone to enjoy from the thrilling action to the history to the unique magical qualities to the aforementioned romance to a bevy of other great relationships and, yes, especially Helen, our protagonist. Helen’s development and progression from the beginning of book one to the end of this one was not only a genuine treat, but earned as well. I’ve never been more fond of a fictional character and their trajectory. And it’s so satisfying! THE DARK DAYS DECEIT as a whole is satisfying and certainly one of the better series conclusions I’ve read so far this year. Sure, some of the major reveals were ones I called long ago. However, there were enough surprises and charm that my overall enjoyment never felt derailed. I love that I will be able to look back on this series with fondness rather than retroactive ambivalence due to a failure to stick the final landing. I AM SO RELIEVED. I will also, of course, be spending the next several months leading up to this book’s release politely shoving this series on every soul I encounter in my bookstore (thankfully, I get paid to push books on people and it is the BEST) because, again, everyone should stop sleeping on it. So really. Get on it. I’m doing you a favor, truly. P.S. (view spoiler)[There’s also room somewhere for an epilogue/continuation? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. I would love nothing more. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren James

    This is the third and final book in a trilogy that's best described as: Jane Austen meets Buffy. A Regency lady discovers that she is one of the few people able to fight and kill demons, which take over human bodies and feed on souls. With the help of her mentor, the brooding Lord Carlston, she has to learn how to fight them, while also keeping her secret superhero alter-ego hidden from high society English ton.  It's one of those trilogies where each book builds on the one before it, and makes t This is the third and final book in a trilogy that's best described as: Jane Austen meets Buffy. A Regency lady discovers that she is one of the few people able to fight and kill demons, which take over human bodies and feed on souls. With the help of her mentor, the brooding Lord Carlston, she has to learn how to fight them, while also keeping her secret superhero alter-ego hidden from high society English ton.  It's one of those trilogies where each book builds on the one before it, and makes the story richer and richer, while raising the stakes. It also features one of the longest running and best plot twists of all time. High octane demon-fighting, Regency social politics, angst-ridden romance and the best heroine of all time - I could read about Lady Helen forever. I've already put in my request for a sequel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lola123

    Me: knock knock Duke of Selburn: Who’s there? Me: Get Duke of Selburn: Get who? Me: GET LOST!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

    This is one of my absolute favorite YA series. It combines the supernatural with a historical setting and gives off serious Buffy vibes, and although I wasn't ready to see it end, I absolutely love how it went out with a bang. I've long suspected who the ultimate villain was and it was rewarding to have my suspicions confirmed, especially since there was still the matter of how it would all go down. So many twists and turns in this book left me wondering who to trust, with the exception of a cho This is one of my absolute favorite YA series. It combines the supernatural with a historical setting and gives off serious Buffy vibes, and although I wasn't ready to see it end, I absolutely love how it went out with a bang. I've long suspected who the ultimate villain was and it was rewarding to have my suspicions confirmed, especially since there was still the matter of how it would all go down. So many twists and turns in this book left me wondering who to trust, with the exception of a chosen few, but it definitely kept things interesting. I could've used a few more chapters featuring the two halves of the Grand Reclaimer bond there at the end, or even just an epilogue, but it was still a great conclusion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Damron

    OMG!!! Wow! What a twist. I didn't see that coming. So, yeah...this was a great end to the trilogy. Fast paced and really no slow or boring part. Lady Helen and Lord Carlston are amazing characters. Believable, likable, and feel like friends. I got emotionally involved in the story and kept yelling or talking very firmly to the Duke or Lady Helen. Not every book brings that out in me. I am so glad I read this trilogy and highly recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darque Dreamer

    The Dark Days Deceit was everything I had hoped it would be, and so much more! It was thrilling, heart pounding, and oh so satisfying! Over 530 pages, and I read it in one sitting, it was so good! It was a perfect end to my favorite trilogy, and dare I say, quite possibly lined things up for spin off series (hoping). Lady Helen and Darby have, yet again, braved a "man's world," kicked some ass, and showed those regency period gentleman a thing a or two about what women are capable of. They were b The Dark Days Deceit was everything I had hoped it would be, and so much more! It was thrilling, heart pounding, and oh so satisfying! Over 530 pages, and I read it in one sitting, it was so good! It was a perfect end to my favorite trilogy, and dare I say, quite possibly lined things up for spin off series (hoping). Lady Helen and Darby have, yet again, braved a "man's world," kicked some ass, and showed those regency period gentleman a thing a or two about what women are capable of. They were brave and daring and really brought the story to life, once again. Along with my favorite seductive, mysterious, dark gentleman, Carlston, the Dark Days Club brought me back to a dangerous world of proper society, and deceivers. Everything lined up so nicely in this one. Alison did not leave out any recapping details, so I did not feel like I forgot anything from the first two books. She also made sure the little details that connected all three books existed. It was all those little details, and the flow of the story that made this such a successful ending to an already amazing trilogy! There was danger, passion, intrigue, and surprises galore. It was a perilous conclusion, and also a romantic beginning, for certain characters and story lines, as well as a journey of self discovery for a few of them. There was love, loss, betrayal, and tests of friendship. It was glorious! There was so much tension and buildup, and the ending was so satisfying! I loved it! I only wish it didn't have to end. The Dark Days Club was an amazing first book. The Dark Days Pact only got better, and The Dark Days Deceit was absolutely incredible and exciting! Alison introduced me to a historically accurate world with a big supernatural twist, so it still felt real and possible. I could feel the danger and intensity throughout the trilogy and I fell in love with the characters. I couldn't have asked for a better story and atmosphere! Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this free ARC in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour. (Gifs found on Google)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    While I wasn't a fan of the first two book covers, I quite like this one. ALSO, it's the FINALE. Be still, my heart. If Carlston and Helen don't get together, THERE WILL BE WORDS. If one of them dies, THERE WILL BE ANGRY WORDS.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diana (booksinarmor)

    wHEN WILL i GET some NEWS? I'm really super excited for this book? But how can I wait until 2018? I'm waiting for a COVER OR A TITLE? I need SOOOMMMMEEE NEWS? AFTER THE ENDING?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)

    I loved Alison Goodman’s writing in the first two books; but bloody hell, the final instalment of the Lady Helen trilogy was a huge disappointment. I’ll share more of my thoughts later on. PS. I still love Lord Carlston! Lady Helen, on the other hand, can go lick Julia Roberts’ hairy armpits.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elli *Fanatical.Fantasy*

    Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars. Lord Carlston for life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    The Dark Days Deceit is the final book in the Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman and if you haven’t read the first two books yet, I’m not sure we can still be friends…just kidding…kind of. I really do wish more people I know would read these books because I love them, and they will be on my favorites shelf forever. For those of you reading who have not read the first two books, please know that I can’t promise not to spoil but no spoilers ahead for the final book…I promise! With that said, do The Dark Days Deceit is the final book in the Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman and if you haven’t read the first two books yet, I’m not sure we can still be friends…just kidding…kind of. I really do wish more people I know would read these books because I love them, and they will be on my favorites shelf forever. For those of you reading who have not read the first two books, please know that I can’t promise not to spoil but no spoilers ahead for the final book…I promise! With that said, don’t hate me when I don’t tell you ALL THE THINGS. This book picks up where we left off with Lady Helen and Lord Carlston now bonded as the Grand Reclaimer, but they are still trying to figure out how it works. Now in Bath, the Dark Days club are searching for the Grand Deceiver and oh yeah, Helen is preparing to marry the Duke of Selburn. There are just a few things going on in Helen’s life and things are definitely not easy. I will truly miss these characters – of course Helen and Carlston are my absolute favorites and I can’t even tell you about all the things that happen with these two because Goodman put so many twists and turns into this book that just when she had me thinking one thing, something else happened to make me need to put the book down and regroup. Of course, since Helen is getting married, the tension between them due to their feelings for each other is something else. Helen has been through so much in this series and she has grown so much since the first book. No longer is she the sheltered, young girl who only wants to make a good marriage match. She has a purpose and by the time this book starts, she is determined to do whatever she can to protect those around her. One of the keys to this story though is the people who surround Helen and help her because she never would have made it this far without them all. Of course, there is Carlston but from Hammond and Lady Margaret to Darby, Delia, Quinn, and even Pike – they all play key roles throughout the book and in Helen’s life and help shape her to become who she needs to be in this final book. As Helen, Carlston, and the club get closer to figuring out who the Grand Deceiver is, things don’t always go as well as one would hope. I’m not going to lie, there are a lot of ups and downs for the characters and not everyone makes it out of this story, but you’ll have to read it to see just how things end up for everyone. I would also like to call out that Goodman had to have done a crazy amount of research for this series as everything related to the Regency era and even the locations these characters inhabited felt real and while I’m not an expert, it felt authentic to me. That’s it – I can’t say anymore without potentially giving something away, so I am going to stop here. I will close with saying that if you enjoy a book that is a combination of paranormal, magic, danger, and deceit, you need to pick this up as soon as possible. This book had everything I wanted in a final book and while I am sad this series is complete, I loved it. This will definitely not be the last book I read by Alison Goodman, that’s for sure. With this series she has made it on to my favorite author list and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! Thank you to the publisher for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    HOW DOES SOMEONE FEEL SO COMPLETE YET SO EMPTY AT THE SAME TIME

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I need this book more than anything else in the world right now

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tyrese

    My feelings toward Goodman right now... I'm Gonna Fight You GIF from Fistfight GIFs I am so disappointed. Here are the reasons why: 1. Completely predictable. I knew who the Grand Deceiver (wait...let me repeat the phrase 20 million more times like in the book) b/c there was no way for Helen to become free otherwise. As the character says in the book, Helen was so afraid of her own powers, she led herself down this dumb path. Her wanting to coalesce to society in the first two books makes sense as My feelings toward Goodman right now... I'm Gonna Fight You GIF from Fistfight GIFs I am so disappointed. Here are the reasons why: 1. Completely predictable. I knew who the Grand Deceiver (wait...let me repeat the phrase 20 million more times like in the book) b/c there was no way for Helen to become free otherwise. As the character says in the book, Helen was so afraid of her own powers, she led herself down this dumb path. Her wanting to coalesce to society in the first two books makes sense as she is brand new to all this and not equipped with elevated power. But, at some point, I wanted to see Helen rise above all of that. Because she doesn't, the plot is predictable, providing not one ounce of strain to either side (good or evil) in the way of surmountable obstacles. From the first page, I knew who the GD was. 2. I hear the word "ligatus" over and over like an ear worm from how many times it was repeated. Ok Ok we get it. She's the ligatus. They are the grand reclaimers. They're trying to kill the grand decivers. OMG! I KNOW what happened in the last scene, please do not recap it for me. The damn heart beats, mercy! PLEASE STOP REPEATING EVERYTHING!!! 3. I had no idea what was happening in the fight scenes, absolutely no clue. They were so overwritten with unnecessary detail that I couldn't get a picture in my mind as to what was actually happening. Fight scenes, because of the innate confusion of fighting, should be written as simply as possible. WHERE WERE HER BETA READERS??? 4. There was so much potential for this book, but ultimately, it failed for me b/c Helen was so stuck on being accepted by society. It was frustrating to continuously hear her be concerned about something that has no consequence. If anybody knew that society meant jack squat when faced with mortal danger, it should've been Helen. Imagine the tension if she had shucked it. If she had decided to follow her heart but still needed access. I think this was Goodman's way of trying to keep Helen pure and good, but she needed some grit. Kisses are nice, but Carlston deserved more passion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural *Rating* 3.5-4 *FTC* Interesting way to end the series. A mixture of historical figures and places mixed with a bit of supernatural.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    What a brilliant finale to one of my favorite series - The Dark Days Deceit was everything I wanted and more. Everything came together satisfyingly, with some great plot twists and revelations that made me cry both sad and happy tears. It's clear how much Helen and the others have gone through since the first book, and how much she, especially, has grown. Her relationship with Carlston has evolved too, and it was joy to read about their interactions - not only because of the aching slow burn rom What a brilliant finale to one of my favorite series - The Dark Days Deceit was everything I wanted and more. Everything came together satisfyingly, with some great plot twists and revelations that made me cry both sad and happy tears. It's clear how much Helen and the others have gone through since the first book, and how much she, especially, has grown. Her relationship with Carlston has evolved too, and it was joy to read about their interactions - not only because of the aching slow burn romance (I will probably tear up whenever I hear 'amore mio' now), but because they truly are equals in this book, giving each other confidence and comfort and companionship. Just... so, so good. Of course there were other important relationships as well - Helen and Darby, Darby and Quinn.... It was also great to see Helen and her aunt coming to an understanding. She is a strong woman in her own right, just as Helen. (Also, Hammond was amazing as always). All in all, I loved this book so much, and will miss Helen and Carlston all the other main characters terribly. As satisfying as the ending was, I wouldn't also mind some kind of continuation, (view spoiler)[given the way the last chapter left some kind possibility to it. (hide spoiler)]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma (howlsmovinglibrary)

    The Lady Helen series has been the odd, obscure hill I will happily die on for nearly three years now, and the final book in the trilogy did nothing to knock it down in my estimations. I found the story's conclusion incredibly satisfying, with so much ground, plot-wise and character development-wise, covered in the final volume. Although one of the plot reveals was something I'd guessed from obsessive rereading, there were several other plot twists I had in no way anticipated. My only mild annoya The Lady Helen series has been the odd, obscure hill I will happily die on for nearly three years now, and the final book in the trilogy did nothing to knock it down in my estimations. I found the story's conclusion incredibly satisfying, with so much ground, plot-wise and character development-wise, covered in the final volume. Although one of the plot reveals was something I'd guessed from obsessive rereading, there were several other plot twists I had in no way anticipated. My only mild annoyance was, after building quite a strong friendship between Mr. Hammond and Helen in the second book, their relationship was almost nonexistent in this book as other things began to take much more priority. It's a shame because their interactions were some of the best bits about the second book. This trilogy remains one of my favourite book series, and I'm so happy it delivered on everything I wanted.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Three years after blowing my mind with The Dark Days Club and almost two years after nearly breaking my heart with the disappointing follow-up The Dark Days Pact, Alison Goodman returns to her gorgeously drawn and demon-rich version of Regency England to conclude the story of Lady Helen Wrexall and her elite cadre of wedding planners. Oh, wait, sorry. I meant demon-hunters. It's an easy mistake to make. When last we saw Lady Helen, she'd pulled her partner - smolderer-in-chief William, Earl of Ca Three years after blowing my mind with The Dark Days Club and almost two years after nearly breaking my heart with the disappointing follow-up The Dark Days Pact, Alison Goodman returns to her gorgeously drawn and demon-rich version of Regency England to conclude the story of Lady Helen Wrexall and her elite cadre of wedding planners. Oh, wait, sorry. I meant demon-hunters. It's an easy mistake to make. When last we saw Lady Helen, she'd pulled her partner - smolderer-in-chief William, Earl of Carlston, who's basically Darcy with glass daggers - back from the edge of supernaturally-induced madness by performing a ritual that left them bonded, heart and soul... right before learning that his supposedly-dead wife was very much alive. Bit of a buzz-kill, that. Rather than discussing how one might leverage one's position as the last bastion of England's defense against a ravening demon horde to acquire a Crown-approved divorce, Helen fully commits herself to marrying her brother's best friend, the Duke of Selburn. Oh, and she continues to work with Carlston to locate the Grand Deceiver whose plot threatens the fate of England and the world. But mostly she angsts about her feelings for Carlston and Selburn, and thinks about her wedding, or tries not to think about her wedding. Goodman's world is as perfectly-researched as ever, and her incredible use of historical detail brings the Bath setting of this novel to life around the reader. The broad strokes of the plot are actually good (if predictable from the first novel), but Deceit suffers from a bad case of sprawl; it could easily be a hundred pages shorter, and should have had about four fewer characters in play. As it is, the characters I've loved from the first novel are just sketched in and given little to do, including our official favorite thing, Lord Carlston, the bulk of whose lines are actually silent conversation that Helen is interpreting in her head. Like any FX, the supernatural aspect which worked so well in the first novel edges toward silliness here with its overuse, with fight sequences that are less fights than Helen channeling some power in a way that reminded me mostly of one of my friend's complaints that every superhero movie these days seems to involve a giant beam of light shooting into the sky to open a portal. And I swear to God, whatever line editor allowed Goodman to repeat the phrases "Grand Reclaimer dyad" and "Reclaimer beat" 42,615 times in the 531 pages of this novel needs to learn how to use the find and replace function in Word. And thus, we come to the end. Oh Carlston, you deserved better. With all my issues - and I didn't even get to my frustration with Lady Helen's lack of self-awareness about what she wants in life - The Dark Days Deceit is still a decent read, and a step up from the second book in the trilogy. I suppose I just wanted something that lived up to the immense promise of the first novel. In this, I may not have been deceived, but I am at least slightly disappointed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashton Mcneese

    Edit: 2/10/18 GUYS! IT HAS A TITLE NOW! And she's gave us a release month! Alison hasn't updated her blog yet but you can go on her socials and see! I will honestly buy LD3 the day it is released. I will probably dedicate two days just to reading it. Maybe 3 since it will be the longest (and last) of the series. I am honestly so exicted and counting down the days until I can get this book! A year away?! I guess it could be worse. I honestly can't wait to get my hands on this book! The ending to th Edit: 2/10/18 GUYS! IT HAS A TITLE NOW! And she's gave us a release month! Alison hasn't updated her blog yet but you can go on her socials and see! I will honestly buy LD3 the day it is released. I will probably dedicate two days just to reading it. Maybe 3 since it will be the longest (and last) of the series. I am honestly so exicted and counting down the days until I can get this book! A year away?! I guess it could be worse. I honestly can't wait to get my hands on this book! The ending to the second book literally killed me. I'm a Lord Carlston fan so you know who I'm rooting for. I hope we get some HelenxWilliam romancy actions; and I don't trust the Duke. Never have, never will. Until I'm proven wrong, I think he's apart of the "rise of evil." I hope Carlston swoops in and whisks Helen off of her feet and they save the day and a certain ban is lifted. Or they say hell to it and just gets married anyway. (after William figures out his little sticky situation) Anyway, I honestly can't wait. I need snippets and teasers. Allison, you have a very impatient fanbase waiting for you to give us something. But this is worth the wait.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

    3.5 stars ✨

  25. 4 out of 5

    Moona M

    OMG! There is a title and I can't wait to see a cover!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam (YA Escape)

    Really enjoyed this trilogy and the ending was satisfying, although I really wanted an epilogue, it felt a bit abrupt. Also, (view spoiler)[ it was so obvious who one-half of the Grand Deceiver was (I wasn't expecting the other). I didn't think it could be this person because it was so obvious but it actually was. And I wanted more of the friendship between Hammond and Helen, it didn't progress in this book. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    3.5 stars... I'm not sure how to feel about this book... slow pace, predictive ending, a much too convenient wrap of the things. It was not bad, but it was certainly not up to my expectations.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Veronika

    Infinity of stars for Alison and her Lady Helen series. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series. It's my favourite in the whole world (right after Harry Potter, but, you can't really count Harry, because it wouldn't be fair). It has everything: awesome heroine, society events, beautiful gowns, evil creatures, fighting, saving the world, romance, chivalrous Lords and charismatic Dukes. If I had one realistic Christmas wish which could come true, it would be so Lady Helen books get more attention and are tr Infinity of stars for Alison and her Lady Helen series. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series. It's my favourite in the whole world (right after Harry Potter, but, you can't really count Harry, because it wouldn't be fair). It has everything: awesome heroine, society events, beautiful gowns, evil creatures, fighting, saving the world, romance, chivalrous Lords and charismatic Dukes. If I had one realistic Christmas wish which could come true, it would be so Lady Helen books get more attention and are translated to as many languages as possible, because everybody should read them. So this book. Guys, it was PERFECTION. For the final book in a series, it was everything I hoped it would be and much much more. I couldn't stop reading, and when I was near the end, I just wanted to stay in this wonderful world Alison created. It is incredibly well-written and the research behind this book and also previous two is just spectacular. Lady Helen is one of my favourite literature heroines and I so wish to be her friend. She feels real, relatable and from now on, when I am in trouble, I will just think "What would Lady Helen do?". So if you haven't read these books yet, go and take a chance with Dark Days Club, you will fall completely in love, just wait.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lona

    Didn't Beau Brummell fall out of favor with the Prinny in real life?? Does this mean he might be the Grand Deceiver?? Also, we didn't see him at all in the second book, so was he off planning his rise of evil???

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leah (Jane Speare)

    Complex! Twisty and unexpected! Not enough romance! Badass Lady fighting! Perfect ending to the trilogy, but I’ll miss these characters a whole lot.

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