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The Dark Days Deceit

(Lady Helen #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,000 ratings  ·  235 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, 527 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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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

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

Nov 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-releases
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!
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
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
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
*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
Jun 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: current-series
Me: knock knock
Duke of Selburn: Who’s there?
Me: Get
Duke of Selburn: Get who?
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
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
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.
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)
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.
I am trash for Lord Carlston. (view spoiler)

I need this book more than anything else in the world right now
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
Elli *Fanatical.Fantasy*
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-read, favorites
Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars. Lord Carlston for life.
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.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diana (booksinarmor)
Jul 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
I'm really super excited for this book? But how can I wait until 2018?
I'm waiting for a COVER OR A TITLE?
Taryn Pierson
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fitting end to the series. The audio performances by Fiona Hardingham are delightful.
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
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
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 ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emma (howlsmovinglibrary)
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
It's not as fun when you predict the ending before you're even a quarter of the way through.



I can't believe that they're closing out the trilogy with this ugly cover.

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
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
What is it with me lately and guessing Big Reveals ages before they’re revealed? All the same, this proved a satisfying and neat ending to a series I hold in very high regard. My fear that the love triangle would dominate the plot mercifully did not come to fruition, I’m happy to say. Give me more of Lady Helen and Lord Carlston pls.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
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