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Daybreak (Dark Age Dawning #3)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  543 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
The Change Is Forever.

Their mission was to save the world.
Their destiny was to fall in love.

It's been twelve years since the Change, and Penelope Sheehan is one of the few still practicing magic for the good of humanity in this dark, dangerous world. Determined to infiltrate the notorious O'Malley organization, she poses as an abducted girl—until a furious lion thwarts he
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published (first published December 6th 2011)
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I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first met Tru back in Nightfall. Pen was in that book too, but she was a kid and didn’t interest me in more than a vague way. I had the feeling that they would end up together, but I never expected things to develop the way they did. I’m actually glad that it unfolded this way, because it made the characters feel richer than I expected.

Pen and Tru haven’t seen each other in years. Tru split off on his own after a few years, hoping to experience the
Lisa Kay
I had a hard time rating this one because at times I thought it was going to be four stars and yet it didn’t hold me until the end. (I was the last in my "buddy read" to finish.) Maybe my expectations were too high, as I was really looking forward to Tru & Pen’s story.

The thing that bugged me the most was that, in order to enjoy it -- because it was certainly “well written” with plenty of action and love scenes -- was that I had to pretty much shrug and say, “Oh, well!” to the lack of ch
'Daybreak', the final novel in the 'Dark Age Dawning' saga, is a thrilling culmination to an intense trilogy. Set 12 years after "the Change", that apocalyptic event in which the last vestiges of the modern world succumbed to unknown magical forces, the new world is slowly adapting - for better and for worse - to the new way of things.

In 'Nightfall' we met Penny and Tru, the children who miraculously survived the Change under the tutelage and care of Mason, Jenna and Chris. Now adults, their pa
Sep 25, 2012 Sunny rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars


I loved this book but for completely different reasons than the others in the series. The context is the same. We still have a world in chaos after the Change. There are people who are infused with magic and shapeshifting skinwalkers that can change into a variety of animals - lions, baboons, crows, and even a marmot. People, for the most part, still do not live in organized societies except for the group led by O’Malley and one by Arturi. Whereas O’Malley is the group r
May 16, 2013 SheLove2Read marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Have you ever met a character and thought even if they were the savior of the universe, you still wouldn't like them? That's Tru. DNF
Dec 16, 2011 Vic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this (last?) book in the series. Would have liked to have seen Jenna and Mason though.
Jan 23, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Daybreak” if the third and the last book in the post-apocalyptic / paranormal romance Dark Age Dawning series by Ellen Connor. I found this series excellent! All the books had something special but “Daybreak” was by far my favorite!

The main characters in this book are Tru and Pen. Both of them were a part of the first one and now we can see them twelve years later when everything about them has change. The world at this point is a hard place to live and everyone fights for his own survival. The
4.5 Stars

As children, Penelope Sheehan and Tru Daughterly lived through the Change together but ultimately went their separate ways. Now, they have been reunited by chance and are subject to a passion that knows no bounds. But in a time of danger and uncertainty, Pen and Tru's love will be tested and they must decide whether to risk everything for each other and for humanity.

Pen and Tru were intriguing characters in the first book and their story does not disappoint.

Tru i
Pamela / SpazP
Dec 01, 2011 Pamela / SpazP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Heroes and Heartbreakers
Daybreak is the third book in Ellen Connor’s Dark Age Dawning series, set 12 years after the post-apocalyptic Change. The last time we saw Tru was in the first book, Nightfall, and he was an angry cynical misfit teen. Turns out, he’s still angry and cynical, but now he shapeshifts into a lion. The magic that has resulted from the Change has done something odd: more people are able to shift, and in some cases their shifted shape is similar to their spi
Christi Snow
Jan 14, 2012 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:

This is the final book in the post-apocalyptic series by the writing team of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty. This has been a wonderful series of books and I was NOT disappointed by this final book. In this book, we revisit Tru and Penny (now Pen) twelve years after they first appeared in Nightfall at the ages of 15 and 9 respectively (if I am remembering correctly.) They haven't seen each other in years. It is just a matter of fate that throws them in one another's path and unfortunately
Nov 16, 2011 Carien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome conclusion of a brilliant trilogy.

I thought Tru (one of the lead characters) was one of the coolest side characters in Nightfall, the first book in the trilogy, so I've really been looking forward to this book and it sure was worth the wait.

Tru is an amazingly cool character. He's disillusioned, brutal and selfish at first, but the inner growth he goes through in this book is believable and great to read and I liked how this doesn't mean he goes all soft, but still keeps his lethal e
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
I expected this book to be really good and I was not disappointed. This love story was definitely the most romantic of the three. After i'd read the opening chapters, I thought the book was going to be a huge disappointment but I was so wrong!

Pen's character was not at all what I expected from the silent, almost ethereal little girl introduced in the first novel. I thought she'd grow up into some wise, all knowing woman like Yoda or something, but instead she was even more broken than Tru when
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Daybreak is both shocking and surprising from the very beginning. Readers were first introduced to Penelope and Truman in Nightfall. They were children that survived the change with the help of a group of people that bonded over those first terrifying months. Over the course of the past twelve years they have independently ventured out into the Changed world and it has changed them. I was shocked as to how they are as adults. Shocked in a good way, but still I guess because I had not read them a ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in the Dark Age Dawning trilogy. We met 9 year old Pen and 15 year old Tru in the first book of the series Nightfall when the Change had just happened. Now 12 years later Pen and Tru meet again. Pen is on a one woman mission to bring down the criminal O’Malley with her magic and Tru is happy wandering the land as his lion self and having as much sex as he can get when in his human form with women he meets along the way. Reluctantly Tru teams up with Pen and together they fi ...more
Definitely my favorite of the entire series! There were a lot of things that I felt were inconsistent with the characters we'd met in the first book, but by the end I was rooting for Tru and Pen to have their Happy Ever After. There was more tenderness in this book than in its predecessors, and though she was pretty powerful, I didn't feel like Pen was a she-woman who didn't need a man at all. They fit together well, and the ending brought some closure to a situation I was having great difficult ...more
Melanie S.
Nov 09, 2014 Melanie S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
Es gibt Bücher, die lesen sich weg wie nichts, aber einen bleibenden Eindruck zu hinterlassen ist etwas anderes. Im Allgemeinen hat mir "Daybreak" besser gefallen, als Band 2, aber nicht so gut wie der erste Band.
Zwei Dinge haben mich am meisten gestört - zum einen bekommt man kaum mit, dass seit den Ereignissen aus Band 1 zwölf Jahre vergangen sein sollen, wenn man nicht erfährt, dass die Charaktere nun erwachsen sind. Überhaupt ist das eine Schwäche der Reihe: man bekommt in allen drei Bücher
Alison Jansen
I have to admit, I was left struggling a little bit with this book. It was slow to begin with, and Pen was a little confusing and a little hard to understand, but she did grow on me, we did get to understand her more as the book went on. While she was in the first book, she was only a little girl and was not a major character, although we were left knowing that she would play a massive part in the future books. Tru was awesome, I'm so glad we got to see more of him, he intrigued me from the firs ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 2012-reads
2.5 stars
This was such a disappointed to me after having looked forward to it since reading Nightfall, but I sorta feel like the characters were destroyed in order to rebuild them for this telling. I only finished it because of a Buddy Read, otherwise I would have DNF'd it.
Nov 13, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I really liked this book. I won this book from goodreads without reading the first 2 in the trilogy. I am planning on buying the first 2 so that I can read them as well. The book for me was little bit along the same lines as the Kate Daniels books. But there are more than enough differences that it does not seem like the same series.
Jul 28, 2014 Lis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, kindle
Rating: 1/2

This is the final book in the Dark Age Dawning Trilogy and it didn't disappoint. This series is set in post "Change" times where there is no power, no government, and many didn't survive were animal shift that came upon them with the Change. And the worst of humans transformed into packs of zombie like hell hounds that killed anyone they came upon. Shortly after the Change, a group of survivors banded together out west and this group included a troubled teenage boy Truman and a small
Jennifer Lewis
Feb 08, 2015 Jennifer Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like post-apocalyptic stories. The idea of rebuilding civilization after disaster appeals to me. What do you choose to continue and what do you choose to discard?

Connor does an excellent job at building a believable set of societies. There is the mad dictator holed up in the mountains with his militaristic and might-makes-right approach. Contrast that with the heroine deliberately building up a mysticism around herself as the Orchid, using propaganda techniques to inspire others to stand up f
A disappointing end in the trilogy that had seemed so promising in book 1.
Jun 25, 2016 Gena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-shifter
I started reading this without understanding the plot was post apocalyptic. I'm generally not a fan and this book didn't turn me into one. However, it rated three stars as I did like the hero; the heroine took awhile for me to like but that's because she took a long time (the whole book) to get over her issues. Don't get me wrong, she's tough and a good character, she just has issues around love/trust. The hero does a better job here due to his past. He does go from not caring to caring in three ...more
Paranormal Romance
When the end of the world came upon them, the heroine was a scared little girl whose mother was just murdered in front of her and the hero was an angry and bitter teenager. Going their separate ways, they thought they would never see each other again. The heroine, tormented by an incident where her loss of control over her powers killed 5 little girls, she's not dedicated her life to doing everything she can to bring down an evil warlord. Then she is reunited with the hero. The angry teenager ha ...more
PJV Quickie: Daybreak by Ellen Connor is the final in the Dark Age Dawning Series and unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the others. The story and plot were up to par with the rest of the series, I believe my lack of verve revolved around the main characters.


The final book in the series covers the final two characters, that were introduced in the first book. The children. Tru and Pen. Now all grown up, Pen is a legendary character, known for her magic, she is considered to be
Nov 30, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daybreak by Ellen Connor
Paranormal Romance –Dec. 6th, 2011
4 stars

Daybreak is the third and final book in Ellen Connor's post apocalyptic series where the change has caused humans to live on the brink of survival and mutations have created shifters and other ugly dangers.

Penelope Sheehan is special: she possesses magic which she uses to help others and has been dubbed the Orchid. On her latest mission to take down the evil General O'Malley and his fortress, she plans to find the mysterious camp o
This third installment is the best of the post-apocalyptic trilogy.

Both main characters are interesting: Pen is a living Myth, the Orchid, a goddess willing to sacrifice her life to save humankind, yet she is not brave enough to share herself, to be fallible, to be human. Tru is is a lion skinwalker who has lost all and now doesn’t want to invest again in any relationship because you don’t lose, you don’t hurt if you don’t care, so he just cares about himself.

The plot it’s interesting: finally w
Jul 12, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been a fabulous series from Ellen Connor. Because of previous characters and storylines I do not recommend starting with this book. You really should go back and start from the beginning because we actually met the hero and heroine of this story as children in book one. I just loved being able to come back and find out what has happened to them especially after they had struck out on their own. Both Pen and Tru had a personal mission in life. Pen wanted to take down General O’Malley, th ...more
With the way the world changed it seems incredible that 2 people that knew each other as the change took place would ever have a chance to run into each other again, like Pen and Tru. I think that was my favorite aspect of this book. You remember the sweet kids they were, how they were the only kids and could depend on each other. So at odds with the adults they became. Tru, a disillusioned lion shifter, surviving and looking for the next woman to spend time with. Pen, some sort of goddess with ...more
We were introduced to Truman "Tru" Daugherty and Penelope "Penny" in the first book of this series Nightfall. In that book, I was very drawn to introverted and twitchy Tru, the adolescent who came from an abusive family. After being taken in by Mason and Jenna, Tru learned how to be a man from Mason, his new father-figure. Mason taught him how to fight and in watching his relationship with Jenna, how to love. Penny was very young and withdrawn from the nightmare of the changing world and the dea ...more
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“Are you sure about this? The lion wondered. We could have six females to serve us. Less work.
Tru stifled a laugh. That’s what you think.”
“How can you be so optimistic about the whole damn world but not about yourself?”
“My magic, you mean.”
“Your neck, Pen.”
She drew her head back as if he’d just shouted. His words struck her that forcefully.
“My . . . ?”
“I adore your neck. And your eyes. Do you know how long it’s been since I thought the word ‘indigo’? Maybe when I read it in a poem, years ago. But that’s the color you use to stare at me.”
Heat shivered up her spine, along the tops of her breasts and across her cheeks. Never. Not ever had she imagined such a treasure. So shocked, she said the first thing that came into her head. Pure instinct.
“Yours are like a clear piece of glass with the sky behind it.”
He grinned lazily. “Is that what you think? Well, feel free to continue.”
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