Regency era + Demon hunting = sold when I read the description!
London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?
This book is brilliant! This book is so well researched, you really get a feel for what life must have been like in Regency Era England. This book was so well researched—I read in an interview Alison Goodman did with Jessie Potts from Happy Every After/USA Today, she spent 8 months in preparatory research before she started writing about Lady Helen in 1812.
The book follows Lady Helen Wrexhall, an orphan who lives with her Aunt and Uncle in London. Lady Helen is probably one of my favorite characters. On the eve of her presentation to the Queen, one of her housemaids disappears, and she is drawn into the mystery. At the same time she learns about the maids disappearance, she meets a distant relative, the infamous Lord Carlston—rumored to have killed his wife—and learns that she is a Reclaimer, one who hunts demons. Most of the book she is learning about being a Reclaimer and deciding whether she wants to deal with the consequences of being one who hunts demons. She is inexplicably drawn to Lord Carlston (not that I blame her; as Goodman put in the interview mention above, she pictures Henry Cavill playing him), but he is not an acceptable option her uncle would consider for her. He is a mysterious character throughout the book, never quite sure if he is trustworthy or not.
It is fascinating to see what life was like in the 1800’s—it was stiffling, especially for a woman, and there were many rules (most for women) that one had to follow and severe consequences if they were broken.
I think it is said perfectly in Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick:
“They [men] need not be worried about being ostracized from Polite Society if they are caught in a compromising situation.”
Besides dealing with the historical aspect of this book, there is also the fantasy, and there is a lot that happens throughout the book that ultimately lead to Lady Helen being estranged from her family and sent to Bath where the second book is set to take place.
The characters are well plotted, the story is brilliantly researched—if you love paranormal, historical fiction, Regency/Victorian Era, you will love this book! I am eagerly looking forward to continuing to read Lady Helen’s story.
My Rating: 4/5