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Dominion – The Chronicles of the Invaders

Authors John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard discuss their book Dominion. (Camera & editing: Darlene Creamer)

4th August 2016


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Syl Hellais is the first of the alien Illyri race to be born on Earth. Paul Kerr is a teenage Resistance fighter. In search of freedom, they found each other.

With the Illyri invasion came the promise of a new future for mankind—one in which deserts would flourish and terminal illness would be cured—but with it also came a sleeping terror, for within the worst of the invaders dwells an ancient parasite known only as the Others.


And now the blue planet has been presented to the Others like an offering.

On the Marque, stronghold of the secretive Nairene Sisterhood, Syl uncovered secrets that their keepers would kill to keep hidden. Because of what they know, she and Paul are forced to run for the lives, chased through the mysterious Derith wormhole from which no one has ever returned. Yet Derith's secrets are far stranger than they imagined.


Trapped in a dimension beyond their own, they finally emerge to discover a universe that has moved on without them. Five years have passed, there is a Civil War raging among the Illyri, much of humanity has been destroyed by the Others, and, most surprising of all, the Sisterhood's leader, Archmage Syrene, has disappeared into the bowels of the Marque.

But before she cloistered herself, Syrene chose her replacement. The Sisterhood has a new leader... And the danger is greater than anyone could ever have imagined.

It will fall to Syl and Paul to save this world—to save all worlds—from the horror that lurks in the darkness.

Dominion is the thrilling climax to the story that began with Conquest and continued with Empire.


About the Authors

John Connolly

John Connolly grew up in Dublin, Ireland. Before he started to write books, he worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University.

John's first novel for young people, The Gates, was published in 2009, followed by Hell's Bells/The Infernals in 2011 and The Creeps in 2013. DreamWorks has acquired these three books, the Samuel Johnson trilogy, for development. John is best known to adult readers as the creator of detective Charlie Parker, who has appeared in thirteen novels, beginning with Every Dead Thing (1999) and most recently A Song of Shadows (2015). John is also the author of Bad Men (2003), The Book of Lost Things (2006), and two collections of short stories, Nocturnes (2004) and Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2 (2015). He is the co-editor (with Declan Burke) of Books to Die For (2012), a prize-winning collection of essays from the world's top crime writers.

John hosts a weekly radio show, ABC to XTC, on Internet radio station RTE 2XM.

John lives in Ireland, but also spends time in Portland, Maine, where many of his novels are set.


Jennifer Ridyard

Jennifer Ridyard spent a happy, sun-drenched childhood in the mining town of Benoni, South Africa, during the 1970s and 1980s—her only defence for this being ignorance.

On leaving school she embarked on a rocky career path including a short stint as a nurse, several waitressing jobs (the best was at an ice-cream parlour), a prolonged run as a bank clerk, and a span as a barmaid.

She worked as a check-out girl, conducted market research surveys, and was even a Sunday School teacher, albeit briefly.

Finally in 1994—the year of South Africa's first democratic election—Jennie became a cub reporter at a local newspaper. Her first job as a newshound was literally a wild goose chase, rushing to the scene when a rare waterfowl landed in someone's swimming pool. Unfortunately the bird left before she got there. She went on to become the lifestyle editor on a national daily newspaper.

In 2004 she moved to Ireland, but spends much time in South Africa.

She writes, reads, recycles, tries to paint, doesn't eat meat, loves cake, and enjoys long walks with the family pound puppies, Sasha, Coco, and Juno.

Jennie has two children, Cameron and Alistair.


Dominion is published by Headline Publishing Group and distributed in South Africa by Jonathan Ball Publishers


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