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Jennifer Ridyard

Jennifer Ridyard was born in England in 1971, but grew up in Benoni, a mining town near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Following school – where she excelled at English, winning prizes for fiction – and a rocky term at university, Jennie worked variously in different jobs before finally finding her niche when she was hired as a cub reporter on the Benoni City Times in 1994, the year of South Africa’s first democratic election.

After winning several awards for journalism, Jennie became lifestyle editor for The Citizen, one of South Africa’s national daily newspapers, where she worked until 2004. She still contributes a weekly editorial column to the newspaper. She continues to work as a freelance copywriter and journalist. 

She currently lives in Dublin, Ireland, but frequently visits South Africa, where she still has a home.

Jennie has two sons, Cameron and Alistair, and two daughters of the doggy variety, Sasha and Coco.


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 species known only as the Others.

Everything they touch, they devour.

Now it will fall to Syl and Paul to save this world – to save all worlds – from the horror that lurks in the darkness.

This is the final instalment of the epic Chronicles of the Invaders trilogy.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Headline


Syl Hellias: an Illyri, the first of her kind to be born on Earth. Paul Kerr: a human, dedicated to his people's resistance of the alien invasion. Brought together by chance they formed the strongest of bonds. Now they are to be punished for that love.

Exiled to the outermost reaches of the universe, Syl and Paul must each make journeys that will lead them to the horrifying truths harbored at the heart of the Illyri Empire. And to a force with the power shake the the universe to its very core.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Headline


The start of an epic new series from bestselling author John Connolly, and Jennifer Ridyard. For fans of The 5th Wave.

Earth is no longer ours. It is ruled by the Illyri, a beautiful, civilised yet ruthless alien species. But 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.

Syl Hellais is the first of the Illyri to be born on Earth. Trapped inside the walls of her father's stronghold, hated by the humans, she longs to escape.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Syl's life is about to change forever. She will become an outcast, an enemy of her people, for daring to save the life of one human: Paul Kerr. Only together do they have a chance of saving each other, and the planet they both call home.

For there is a greater darkness behind the Illyri conquest of Earth, and the real invasion has not yet even begun...

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Headline
Brazil (Portuguese) Novo Conceito
Spain Tusquets