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Dominion The third and final book in The Chronicles of the Invaders trilogy by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard How do you wrap up a series that spans thousands of pages, dozens of worlds, and hundreds of characters How do you take a story so large and life spanning, so that it encompasses the entirety of existence itself, and ground it in a single character, reflecting how the universe could change in how this character grows They re questions I as a writer have often troubled myself with, but it s clear after reading Dominion and the entire Chronicles of the Invaders series that it can be done Domini How do you wrap up a series that spans thousands of pages, dozens of worlds, and hundreds of characters How do you take a story so large and life spanning, so that it encompasses the entirety of existence itself, and ground it in a single character, reflecting how the universe could change in how this character grows They re questions I as a writer have often troubled myself with, but it s clear after reading Dominion and the entire Chronicles of the Invaders series that it can be done Dominion, for anyone new to the series, is the final in the Chronicle of the Invaders trilogy, the culmination of the journey of diplomat s daughter Syl and Earth resistance warrior Paul Yet calling it that feels so microscopic when in reality, it s the story of the intersection of four races humans, Illyri, mechs, and Others The final chapter in the saga answers an endless slew of questions about how these races originated in a format that s nearly 20 parts long, jumping between worlds and characters like a season of Game of Thrones Speaking of, take note, Hollywood directors this saga is begging to be adapted for television There s much to praise in this book, but perhaps nothing is as stunning as the progression of Syl Once the first Illyri born on Earth, Syl has been a Nairene, a fugitive, a friend, and is now seen as an enemy of her own people But she is determined to protect those who remain against the Others, the parasitic alien race that has consumed a faction of her people and cost her father his life In this final chapter, we see how far she s grown both in her telepathic abilities and in her strength Though she is still, in certain terms, a teenager, she has matured beyond her years, and become every bit the defender of the universe she needs to be.In Syl becoming an adult, alongside Paul, and across the universe from Ani and Steven, we finally see the series reach where it has always belonged an adult space opera that just happens to have children involved Classifying this story as young adult made sense in CONQUEST, and wavered in EMPIRE, but in DOMINION, it firmly finds its feet in the adult category The ethical dilemmas they face and the wars they wage have aged alongside them It s a beautiful example few series are able to accomplish characters that grow up and reach adulthood with the readers Though I m reading this series as an adult, and years after it came out, I can imagine having read this as it released in my late teens, and how the journeys these characters face mimicked my own emotional progression That s a lot of words to say something simple this series is remarkable, Dominion is a pleasure, and though it breaks my heart to know this is the end of their story, I look forward to reading these books again and again I ve really loved this series and now it has drawn to a close with Dominion I am actually quite distraught It has been entirely brilliant start to finish, engaging, intense, amazing characters and a gorgeously imagined mythology I can only hope that these two writers dotogether Oh if wishing made it so I m not going to talk too much about plot because I m sure that there are readers out there still to discover this series but in basic terms we have an Earth run by alien conquerers, I ve really loved this series and now it has drawn to a close with Dominion I am actually quite distraught It has been entirely brilliant start to finish, engaging, intense, amazing characters and a gorgeously imagined mythology I can only hope that these two writers dotogether Oh if wishing made it so I m not going to talk too much about plot because I m sure that there are readers out there still to discover this series but in basic terms we have an Earth run by alien conquerers, a rebellion, a trip around a few other planets, a bit of a love story, a LOT of adventure and some magical writing that just makes the whole thing beautifully addictive.One thing that struck me about The Chronicles of the Invaders as a whole was the way John Connolly and Jennie Ridyard layered the plot, adding new levels and intrigue with every book, building the story in a quite superb way towards a tense, bang on satisfying conclusion Dominion was pretty godarn perfect, even though things happened that made me want to throw shoes at the authors its ok they have a suitable amount of distance and my aim is terrible this is also a series that I will return to and read again, because it is one of those where you will find added joy in seeing things unfold whilst knowing what is coming.Overall it has been a fantastic reading experience A very adult young adult series with thought provoking themes running throughout, some truly incredible world building and some unforgettable characters.Highly Recommended Absolutely fantastic I love this series so much YA SF doesn t get any better. The Book Chapter Once I had devoured Empire book 2 I was in need of the third and final book immediately I needed to see how it would all end for Syl, Paul, Ani, Steven and even the Archmage Syrene A couple weeks ago I emailed the lovely Elizabeth to find out a release day Sometime later I, alongside all the other Chronicles Champions, received a review copy and I had devoured straight away it and literally could not come up with a single coherent sentence but now I am, so bare with me guy The Book Chapter Once I had devoured Empire book 2 I was in need of the third and final book immediately I needed to see how it would all end for Syl, Paul, Ani, Steven and even the Archmage Syrene A couple weeks ago I emailed the lovely Elizabeth to find out a release day Sometime later I, alongside all the other Chronicles Champions, received a review copy and I had devoured straight away it and literally could not come up with a single coherent sentence but now I am, so bare with me guys Dominion follows on from the great escape from Erebos Syl and Paul alongside his Nomad crew take the most dangerous wormhole where no living person has returned And Ani remains in the midst of all the bloodshed, with a single promise to bring the sisterhood back to its rightful name Looking back at Conquest and the naivety of the main characters really breaks my heart To see how quickly they had to grow, evolve and adapt was shown and written amazingly The changes Ani and Syl went through, becoming something no human or Illyr would even consider played a huge role Steven was a muchactive member, I mean having his own ship, crew and doing a helluva lotclaps hands job well done Paul adapted well, becomingdetermined and strong, but will that be enough We get a lot on supporting characters Vena, Trask, Fremd, Meia my favourite mech and so many others One thing that truly disappointed me was the less chapters from the point of view of Syl and Paul From gaining so much through them in Conquest and Empire to not much at all in Dominion was a let down That s not to say it s not understandable, we re getting insight from the Marque, Earth, Erebos, to different ships it was insightful and just what was needed to make up for the loss of their POVs After all war was everywhere, not on just one planet not just between two entities for there is a third hidden in the midst, and muchpowerful.John and Jennifer have a done a great job bringing this trilogy to an end Though I expected certain characters to play a much bigger role in the end and not have what happened to said characters The ending was promising, which left enough for the imagination Syl and Ani s relationship was something that kept this book together and Syrene, well that is something worth reading on your own I love the concept of the future with the chapters showing what lead to so and so s actions It took on a different attempt with this, though it was a tad dangerous to do with the final book, they both took caution and created something unique and incredible Though the descriptive aspect did go slightly overboard at time, the action, fights and decisions that were made, made up for it The build up was amazing, took some unexpected turns Nevertheless an amazing ending to the Chronicles of the Invaders trilogy I will truly miss this world

  • Hardcover
  • Dominion
  • John Connolly
  • English
  • 21 April 2019

About the Author: John Connolly

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States.This page is administered by John s assistant, Clair, on John s behalf If you d like to communicate with John directly, you can do so by writing to contact at johnconnollybooks.com, or by following him on Twitter at JConnollyBooks Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See other authors with similar names.


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