I absolutely loved this book.
The world building was so unique and beautiful. There was such detail in every word that Alison Goodman put in there. I usually am not the biggest fan of Regency Era books, but it’s books like this that make me believe I am born in the wrong Era.
There were like two different words building for me because I am not that knowledgeable in this Era as I am in others. So I was learning more about that while learning more about the paranormal-side gracing the story.
Helen is our heroine and she lives with her aunt and uncle since her brother is old enough to live on his own and her parents died at sea. Her mother is a traitor to the country, so her aunt and uncle are big on her not mentioning/dwelling on her bloodline when it comes to being presented to the court as being eligible for marriage.
Carlston is recently back from the continents. It wasn’t proven, but there is a wide belief that he killed his wife four years prior to the start of the book. Helen is not drawn to him at all (hallelujah), but he is drawn to her.
Selburn is a dear friend to Helen’s brother Andrew, and a Duke. He has a very colorful history with Carlston and does not like that he is back in town, nor does he like that he is drawn to the same girl that he is drawn to. Is there a reason why they are both drawn to her?
Helen realizes that there is more to the story of her mother the traitor.
“You have far more courage than you think you do.”
Helen realizes that there is a different world out there that she is suppose to be apart of. There is a part that depends on her. But what if she doesn’t want that responsibility? What if she wants to just be the wife of a household with kids and throw house parties for her husband, instead of killing inhuman beings, lying to those she cares about and never fully knowing if she is going to make it to the next day?
What if she had a choice?
What I really liked is that even though she has some suitors and such, she doesn’t really have more than one? There isn’t really a love triangle; but you do end up questioning who you want her to end up with.
It isn’t really focused on the love-aspect of it. It’s more focused on Helen’s inner-battle on if she wants to wave off the destiny that has been thrown in her lap or if she wants to take it by the hand and help mankind.
This book was very melodic and beautiful. It isn’t a very face-paced book, but I was never bored when reading it. I think this book covers an entire month’s worth of time. I loved everything about it. If you like Pride and Prejudice type-settings with a little Shadowhunters thrown in there for a good fantasy-like measure, then I think you should pick up this book.