John Connolly: Conquest (Review)

John Connolly


Ireland (1968 – )

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.

Conquest (2013)

(The first book in the Chronicles of the Invaders Trilogy series)


The first in a stunning new science fiction trilogy, Conquest introduces a world where humanity has been conquered by a powerful alien rulership – unless a group of young rebels can unlock their powers and help rescue humankind from its terrible fate.Earth has been invaded by the Illyri – a beautiful, civilized, yet ruthless alien race. The Resistance grows stronger against the invaders, for it is up to the young people of the Earth to lead the battle and save humanity.

Syl Hellais, conceived among the stars, is the oldest alien child on Earth. The daughter of one of the planet’s rulers, she has hidden gifts and powers that she does yet fully understand.

But all is not as it seems. Secret experiments are being conducted on humans, the Illyri are at war among themselves, and the sinister Nairene Sisterhood has arrived on Earth, hungry for new blood. When Syl helps a pair of young fighters escape execution, she finds herself sentenced to death and pursued by her own kind. Soon, she even risks breaking the greatest taboo of her race by falling in love with a human.

Now the hunter has become the hunted, and the predators have become prey. And as Syl is about to learn, the real invasion is yet to begin…


This book forms part of my objective for this year to “Step out of my reading comfort zone” Conquest is the first book in a new series and as any first book in a series it’s main objective is to set the scene, introduce the characters and explain the history.  For that reason i feel it come across somewhat slow at the start, and with a significant amount of info dump. As your familiarity with the characters grows the book feels like it speeds up and you find yourself bonding with various characters, and immersing in the world being created.

If im 100% honest this first book has a feel of teen drama rather than a grown up book, and that’s not too derogatory, because there are many great YA series out there that show a great deal of maturity in the writing, but are geared to a younger audience, and some that are multi spectrum, this one just feels geared to the Younger audience rather than “ald fellas” like me, but its also one that shows a great deal of promise.

That said Conquest builds to a finale that leaves the story wide open for a sequel and I will certainly read the next in the series.



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