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Nightfall (A Dark Age Dawning Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ellen Connor
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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First in a stunning new post-apocalyptic paranormal romance trilogy.



Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her--one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.



The mysterious ex-soldier named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he's ready for the prophesied Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and mutant dogs attack--vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.



When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion--a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.




Editorial Reviews

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“A fascinating new series. Nightfall was an extraordinary introduction to a new postapocalyptic mythical world…This was a book that I just could not put down, and once it was over, all I could think was that I cannot wait to reenter the new Dark Ages!”—Night Owl Reviews

“Dark, intense, and downright scary, this book is pretty full of awesome. The world they have created just might give you nightmares, but I also bet you won’t be able to put this book down.”—Smexy Books

“Chills and thrills mark the pages of Nightfall…it grabs you from page one.”—Fresh Fiction

From the Back Cover

Their instincts will save them.
Their passion will transform them.


Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he's ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack-vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion-a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

Product Details

  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RL0AYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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STORY BRIEF:
The author name Ellen Connor consists of a writing team of two people (Ann Aguirre/Ava Gray and Carrie Lofty). They were inspired by the bad-ass female sci-fi characters in The Terminator and Alien movies. The name Connor is from the character Sarah Connor in The Terminator. Ellen is from Ellen Ripley in Alien. This book has a feeling like the Terminator movie: the apocalyptic state on earth with dangerous creatures (demon dogs) trying to kill all humans. This story is a small group of humans trying to survive. Anything with computer technology no longer works including most cars. The only method of communication is the old fashioned analog radio - but the established radio stations are not broadcasting. The reader gets the feeling that there are no humans left in the cities - and any who survived are doing so like the group we are reading about.

Years ago Jenna's father Mitch was predicting this apocalyptic disaster. Mason was a troubled teen who was taken in and helped by Mitch. Mitch trained Mason to prepare for it. Before he died Mitch asked Mason to promise to take care of his daughter Jenna when it happened. Now the event has happened. There's no time to explain so Mason kidnaps Jenna, tying her up and taking her to his cabin in the forest. Having seen the demon dogs she now understands. Mason has enough food for the two of them to stay in the cabin for the winter. Then a group of five people arrive at the cabin asking for help. Mason is reluctant but Jenna lets them in and insists they stay. They discover a scientist Chris at a research station several miles away. He is broadcasting on an old radio saying he has plenty of food. The group decides to travel to Chris. Mason gives everyone guns and ammo to shoot the demon dogs along the way.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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The Eastern United States and parts of the world have fallen to a failure of technology and the rise of some nasty magic, but in the West the people have lived in semi-blissful denial despite shortages in fuel and such. But that is about to change and a Warrior has a promise to keep, even though Mason's methods are going to seem extreme to Jenna, the woman he's pledged to save, and his motivation for kidnapping her are going to sound insane - as insane to Jenna as the father who abandoned her and who is the man to whom Mason made his pledge.

I liked the rough around the edges Mason who is a warrior to the core and needs the heroine Jenna because he's all about protection and battle but lacks the flexibility in a time when that may be the key to survival. Both the Jenna and Mason are damaged and seeking acceptance in the midst of the turmoil which surrounds the end of civilization, so they have a fair number of rough spots until they finally trust each other enough to get what they need (and to give the other what he/she needs). But when they do come together it is with a forever kind of intensity and they make a great team.

The final ending which had the survivors of our cast settling into a 'new' normality felt kind of anticlimactic after the action packed emotional roller coaster ride, but I can't imagine any type of happy ending that could have lived up to all that went before - and this was a romance, so a happy ending was a must. But that didn't dim my enjoyment of Nightfall as a whole. Really my only nit was a language one that will seem trivial to most people but jarred me out of the scene.

So I really liked Nightfall a great deal - which had great action, a fair amount of steamy stuff and some pretty intense emotional moments for our starring pair.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment June 21, 2011
By Krissu
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I like Ava Gray. I was so excited when I read that she and another author together wrote a series that seemed to be action packed end-of-the-world type of thing. But I found Nightfall sadly lacking. I did not like Jenna at all, I kept hoping Mason will ditch her. One example why I did not like her is coming up (SPOILER ALERT)

Jenna kept playing with Mason's feelings and started seducing him. When Mason dared to go along with her behavior she pushed him away and told him that it was all a lesson. And when Mason gets tired of her games and walks away from her she gets angry that "he don't care about her feelings!" And at one spot they were in the forest, had just killed off many monsters but they knew new ones could attack any minute . And what does Jenna do? She gets angry at Mason for walking away from her and "runs after him, jumps on his back and attacks him. And then tries to bite his neck!!" The monsters are lurking right there, humanity is at the brink of extinction, their lives are in danger at that very moment and she pulls that stunt. I know the stress was getting to her but isn't that more of a reason to stay focused on important things? There was just no excuse for her behavior.
I actually started liking her little more in the second half after few changes.
On the positive side action was pretty much non stop. New things happened all the time. I even ended up feeling sorry for the monsters, after all, both sides were fighting for their survival. I shed a few tears here and there over some deaths.
I do not agree with some reviewers who complained about new characters that were introduced. Some of them are main characters of next books to come. I can only hope that new books are better then the first one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: once you start this book, you'll never want it to end!
I found NIGHTFALL while I exploring the "post-apocalyptic" genre on Goodreads. I went into this novel skeptically; I spotted quite a few fairly discouraging reviews, and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by One Curvy Blogger
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
What a story teller Ellen Connor is. Beautifully told. All emotions explored and woven into a fierce tale of magic, survival, and love.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah L. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
It was fast paced from the beginning. I loved the characters and the plot.. I can't wait to read the next two novels!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I wasted my money
I'm not sure how this book got so many good reviews - I couldn't even get halfway through the book because the main character was so thoroughly unlikeable and annoying. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved
I really enjoyed this book. I read some of the negative reviews and wondering if we read the same book. The author had me hooked from the beginning.
Published 6 months ago by J.B
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightfall
Posted At: Riverina Romantics
My Rating: 4 out of 5 *
Hotness Rating: 3 out of 5 <3

What a world! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alyssa - Riverina Romantics
1.0 out of 5 stars Had high hopes, big let down
I can't even begin to describe all things wrong with this story. Too many details are left out to give this story any credibility. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kristin Finley
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
Survival and romance. Great story and characters. This book moves quickly and is never boring. Looking forward to next one
Published 9 months ago by Bonnie Wolski
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightfall by Ellen Conner (thoughts)
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"Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Samantha.1020
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a PA series
Ellen Connor has written an excellent paranormal post-apocalyptic romance trilogy guaranteed to push all the right buttons if this is your genre. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jessie Potts
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More About the Author

Ann Aguirre:

Ann is a national bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, two cats, and one very lazy dog. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Dr. Who. She writes urban fantasy (the Corine Solomon series), romantic science fiction (the Jax series), apocalyptic paranormal romance (the Ellen Connor books), paranormal romantic suspense (as Ava Gray) for Penguin, and young adult fiction for Feiwel & Friends.

Carrie Lofty:

As a National Merit Scholar she attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She traveled to Norwich, England, for her junior year to study at the University of East Anglia, where she met her husband. After a brief stint as an unaccomplished art major, she graduated from BGSU with a BA in English and history. Ohio State University accepted her as a graduate teaching assistant. She earned her MA with a thesis on Old West outlaws and the impact of legend on society. In November of 2006, shortly after committing to a career writing fiction, she established Unusual Historicals, a multi-author blog for those writers and readers who love historical romances set in unusual times and places. She writes historical romance for Pocket books.

Together, they're a collaborative writing team. The pen name comes from two kick-butt female SF characters: Ellen Ripley (from Alien) and Sarah Connor (from The Terminator). When you put them together, you get Ellen Connor.

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