Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard

Authors: John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard
Publisher: Headline
Publishing Date: September 26th 2013
Blurb Description: The Earth has been invaded by the Illyri, a beautiful, civilized, yet ruthless alien race. Humanity has been conquered, but still it fights the invaders. The Resistance grows stronger, for it is the young people of Earth who are best equipped to battle the Illyri. 

Syl Hellais, conceived among the stars, is the oldest alien child on Earth, the first to reach sixteen years of age. Her father rules the planet. Her future is assured. And Syl has hidden gifts, powers that even she does yet fully understand. 

But all is not as it seems. 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 Resistance fighters to escape execution, she finds herself sentenced to death, pursued by her own kind, and risks breaking the greatest taboo of her race by falling in love with a human. 

Now the hunter has become the hunted, the predator become prey. 

And as Syl is about to learn, the real invasion has not yet even begun...

My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

My Review:
We have long been suppressed.
Yet, we will not break: We will have our revenge.”

They’ve been watching. Watching from a planet many light years away- our progress, our development and our conflicts- through the very technology we created. And then, they came, through the wormholes that connect the vast expanse of space. Came to take over everything we had, change everything we know and make us who we are not. They also saved the world, in a way, from the upcoming epidemic of natural disasters but they suppressed the very essence of who we are; our spirits. They took what was ours and claimed it for themselves- our lands, our history and even our people… which is why we had to fight back.

They called themselves the Illyri, and they invaded our home, in every sense of the word. They even looked like us, with the exception of being taller, having bigger eyes and living longer lives. Their technology is more advanced like spaceships that can travel light years in virtually no time at all. And yet, politically and socially, they are exactly the same. The Illyri is divided into two- the Military and the Diplomatic Corps- who are in a constant backstabbing and scheming war against one another, both skilled, both dangerous, both lethal. The Illyri, however, has a secret: Their power depends on the Nairene Sisterhood of Witches, an ancient female society with access to the world’s greatest weapons.

Syl Hellais is the first Illyri to be born on Earth. For her whole life, she has been trapped inside her father, the Governor’s fortress, hated by humans and some of the Illyri alike, she longs to escape. Until one day, she, and her partner in crime, Ani break the rules and leave, only to be caught in anti- Illyri crossfire and rescued by two strange human brothers. And from here, the lives of these four teenagers will change forever…

Imprisoned for treason and about to be sent to another planet for saving the human brothers, Paul and Steven Kerr for crimes that they didn’t commit, Syl becomes an outcast, an enemy of her people. Her shuttle ‘crash’ lands in the Highlands, the centre of Resistance activities in the U. K, and from then on, nothing is ever the same again.
Conquest is a beautiful book, the first in a series, and one that should not be missed! It is the tale of a girl who belongs to one world but considers another one her home, her relationship with a species and a special someone, that are waging war against her own.

This is her story of realization of who she is and all she can be, and how to help a world; her world not the one she lives in, but the one her kind came from, that has been consorting with a Greater Darkness. An amazing book that will keep you hooked from the very first page, designed for older readers because of its complexity and all things political.

Don’t miss it, for the real invasion, has not even begun…   

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