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The Dark Days Deceit

(Lady Helen #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,442 ratings  ·  590 reviews
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
Hardcover, 534 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Meredith Geoppo Dark Days Deceit is the last of a 3 book series that includes 1) Dark Days Club & 2) Dark Days Pact

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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

Jul 17, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-publication
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
Ooops! Big error. I just read book three before reading book 2. Oh well, no point going back and reading book 2 now because I know what happens 🙁

So, just review book 3 anyway. It was pretty good and it rounded up all the loose ends. It seemed a little long but I was happy with the end result of the love triangle. The final battle was really exciting. Helen has come a long way since that first book.

Goodman is not afraid to kill off fairly major characters and there are a couple of sad deaths. Ho
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Mara YA Mood Reader
Good solid 3 stars. It all gets a bit long and repetitive by book three. Not bad just like I felt “over it” by the end. I definitely would still recommend it.

I really appreciated this trilogy. I’m shelving it in my “new-adult-gems” GR shelf because the characters are over 18 and this is the type of NA I am always searching for—the kind that isn’t basically porn!
Nov 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
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!
Fafa's Book Corner
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Death, physical violence, drugging someone, manipulation, cheating, sexism, misogynistic society, graphic fight scenes, and abuse of power/authority.

The Dark Days Deceit was read for the theme Reborn Tales. For a book group called The Theme Thieves.

Lady Helen is preparing for her wedding to the Duke of Selburn. She receives a letter from her aunt Lenore saying that she will be visiting soon. This scares Helen as her aun
Lauren James
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-magic
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
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodman finally offers us a great conclusion to this urban fantasy.

Once more, the early nineteenth century setting of Bath is painted in many, historically correct, details. This is something that has always impressed me, namely the amount of work the author has had to do to gather all these, and then use them in a light hand. The result creates a compelling and vivid world, but also a contrast to the fantastic component of the novel. Each side pulls our characters, on one hand having to follow
This had a lot of elements I enjoyed, starting with the little details of Regency life of the English gentry, and of Bath in the early 1800s. I liked the way Alison Goodman contrasted all the rules governing the gentry's interactions with the urgent needs of the member of the Dark Days Club to investigate and stop the work of the Grand Deceivers and other Deceivers. I actually enjoyed how Helen chafed at having to pick fabrics and dishware for her upcoming marriage to Selburn when she clearly ne ...more
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
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Better than book 2 but worse than Book 1. I still love Darby the most. And her relationship w/ Quinn is just the sweetest. Also, I appreciate seeing Helen's aunt being so supportive in this book.

However, Helen and Lord Carlston have become rather lackluster as individuals and as a couple, which is such a disappointment b/c I felt like they at least had potential in the first book.

Interesting plot twists especially towards the end of the book. (view spoiler)
Tyrese L.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
My feelings toward Goodman right now...

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
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
Ahhhhhh I do love a last minute twist which turns everything on its head!!

This series was honestly a treat for me as a history nerd. The level of detail put into the historical construction is just breathtaking, and you get a brilliant sense of the English Regency period. It works very well as a series to read if you enjoyed Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices too, which is set a bit later in the Victorian period.

The only thing I would say is that whilst I adored Lady Helen as a heroine, I d
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I feel like brevity alone condemns this. I have nothing to say: this was predictable, glacially paced, and boring.
Maggie ☘
The Dark Days Deceit is great conclusion to this outstanding series! I would highly recommend this trilogy to anyone looking for a historical fiction with well built regency setting and many amazing deatils of the time, believable and charming characters, with a dash or two of romance and the paranormal.

It has been some time since I read the first two books, but reading this one made me remember all the details pretty quickly and I was glad to be with the characters once again.

That said, this
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 ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am trash for Lord Carlston. (view spoiler)

I need this book more than anything else in the world right now
Jun 04, 2018 added it
Me: knock knock
Duke of Selburn: Who’s there?
Me: Get
Duke of Selburn: Get who?
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
*Rating* 3.5-4


The Dark Days Deceit, by author Alison Goodman, is the third and final installment in the Lady Helen series. This series is set in 1812, during what is called the Regency Era. It is a blend of the Regency Era, along with the supernatural. Lady Helen Wrexhall has spent the past 6 months training to be a warrior, often masquerading as a man since women doing men's work is frowned upon. She, along with Lor
Jennie Damron
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
3.5 stars

What a trilogy and what a finale! Seriously. I know I've said this in both of the other reviews for this trilogy but ignoring the risk of sounding like a broken record for the final time: if you like young adult fantasies, specifically stories and writing similar to Cassandra Clare (note the term "similar", it's not the same story at all), check this trilogy out. I had not heard of this series prior to being sent this final novel from Penguin Random House Canada (thank you!!) and now I
Darque  Dreamer
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads
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
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1) The Dark Days Club ★★★★★
2) The Dark Days Pact ★★★★★

"You are my heartbeat. My pulse. You are the fire in my blood and the laughter in my soul."

This trilogy is the best Victorian YA fantasy I read. I had an amazing time and once I finished to read the first book, I needed to finish the entire trilogy before being able to pick up another book. Lady Helen is the most realistic Victorian YA heroine, the romance didn't bore me out of my mind and the History research made by the author was the best
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.
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.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wow...this was so disappointing that it was actually a struggle to read, and that's after I rated the first two books 4 stars each, which is rare for me. I think the trouble actually started in The Dark Days Pact, which seemed to drag on for a good couple hundred pages than was necessary. There's no way around it, the first description that comes to mind isn't "epic conclusion!" but "boring drag."

The first 1/3 of this book was simply tedious, though probably tediously historically accurate. Hel
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Alison is the author of EON and EONA, a New York Times Bestselling fantasy duology. Her latest novel --The Dark Days Club-- is Book 1 in a new trilogy, and will be published in the USA and UK in January 2016, and December 2015 in Australia. It has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly as "a delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy". Alison calls it "Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy in E ...more

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