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Syl Hellais is the first of the Earth-born Illyri, a beautiful, civilized but ruthless alien species who now rule our planet. Trapped inside the walls of her father's stronghold, hated by the humans, she longs to escape.

Humankind has not given up the fight, and Paul Kerr is one of a new generation of young Resistance leaders waging war on the invaders.

On her sixteenth birthday, Syl will become an outcast, an enemy of her people, for daring to save Paul Kerr's life.

CONQUEST is the first in an exciting new series for teen readers by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard.

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"Conquest is a beautiful book, the first in a series, and one that should not be missed!"
   —The Guardian

"The writing is excellent, as I would expect . . . It's the little details, such as the young Illyri girls enjoying a cup of tea and a hobnob with the young resistance lads, and the fact that the Illyri appreciate Earth art and culture, that make this book such a delight to read."
   —British Fantasy Society

"Densely plotted and decidedly grown-up, this is YA fiction for readers who are bored of fluff and sparkles."
   —SFX Magazine

"[A]n exceptionally addictive, entertaining and well written novel that offers wonderful escapism for speculative fiction readers."

"An excellent start to a promising new series . . . an enthralling read that fans of Sci-Fi who don't mind reading smart, clever YA books should give this a try."
   —Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"[A]n epic 400 page journey of sci-fi goodness that gripped me right until the very last page . . . an amazing read and a fantastic story . . . John and Jennifer are a great writing duo. They have created a book that will definitely be in my top reads for the end of the year."
   —Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books

"Connolly and Ridyard have combined an action thriller, a crime novel and a political thriller all in one go. The ages of the main characters may place the book in the YA section, but the quality of the ideas and the writing mean it can be enjoyed by adults as well . . . If you enjoy exciting reads, regardless of your age, you'll enjoy this one."
   —Iain Wear, The Bookbag

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In the beginning was the wormhole. It bloomed like a strange flower at the edge of the the solar system, dwarfing Pluto in its size and majesty. It was beautiful; theory become real. The eyes of the Earth turned upon it, and the space telescope Walton was redirected to examine it more closely. Within days, images were being sent back to Earth.

What Walton revealed was a kind of blister in space, a lens-like swelling in the fabric of the universe. As one scientist remarked, to the discomfort of her peers, it looked almost as if humanity were being examined in turn. The stars behind it were distorted, and slightly off-kilter, an effect explained by the huge amount of negative energy necessary to keep the wormhole open. An intense light at its rim dimmed to a dark centre like an unblinking pupil, and so the newspapers began to refer to it as "The Eye in Space."

Once the initial thrill of its discovery had worn off, disturbing questions were raised . . .

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