The third thrilling Chronicles of the Invaders adventure from New York Times bestselling author John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard mixes classic sci-fi with gripping suspense and richly drawn characters.
Syl Hellais and Paul Kerr have traveled through Derith, the mysterious wormhole from which no traveler has ever returned. Yet Derith’s secrets are darker than they imagined, and trapped in a dimension beyond their own, they finally emerge to discover a universe that has moved on without them.
Years have passed, and civil war rages among the Illyri. It is whispered that the Earth is lost, prey to the alien parasites known as the Others, and other worlds will soon follow. Most shocking of all, the sinister Archmage Syrene of the Nairene Sisterhood has disappeared into the bowels of the Sisterhood’s lair.
But before she cloistered herself, Archmage Syrene chose her replacement. The Sisterhood has a new leader, with her own plans for the future of her race. Now Syl and Paul, teenagers in a deadly adult world, must find a way to change the course of history and save the lives of billions. They have but one hope—for Syl Hellais is changing…
In this ambitious conclusion to the Chronicles of the Invaders space opera trilogy (after Empire), Connolly and Ridyard pick up the myriad dangling plot threads and push forward with an epic, if somewhat rushed, story that sees star-crossed lovers Paul Kerr and Syl Hellais, as well as their allies and enemies, jockeying for dominance in an intergalactic civil war. Paul and Syl are trapped in a place where time flows strangely, and four days for them become four years for everyone else. During those years, Earth is devastated by the parasitic Others, and the Illyri Empire is split by war among its various factions. All hope for humankind rests on a daring assault on the Illyri stronghold known as the Marque, and a strike against the source of the Others to remove their influence. Multiple perspectives slow the development of the collective narrative, but as they combine, the race toward the climax feels overly hasty, with some of the characters' sacrifices and actions not given their proper due. However, the core romance between the leads and the sense of wonder remain intact, giving this strong trilogy a satisfying ending.