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Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,253 ratings  ·  227 reviews
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 cab...more
Paperback, Mass market re-release, 327 pages
Published July 2nd 2011 by Berkley Trade (first published June 6th 2011)
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*3.5 Stars*

The absolute best thing about this book was the world. I have never read a Romance like it and it rocked my world. It felt so fresh and different from the usual Paranormal Romances. There weren’t any zombies in it (although they sure seemed zombie-like), but it read just like a zombie movie. It had all the tension and excitement inherent to those movies. Because the dawning of the Dark Age was occurring as we were reading the book, we (the reader) faced the same uncertainty and nerves...more
Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: “If survival means kissing somebody who smells like you, I want no part of it.”

The world is coming to an end. Changing in ways people can not comprehend – and that is if you can live to see tomorrow. Technology is failing. Cars won’t start. And maybe the scariest, there are what people refer to as demon dogs - hunting, eating, and devastating the human population. It started in eastern Europe and has slowly made its way west. Because there is no communication, and worse, not many...more
I tried. I really did. I wanted to like this way more than I did because I loved the premise.

The urban fantasy storyline worked for me. A changing world with failure of tech and the beginning rise of magic, a group of people trying to survive in the new world--all good. What didn't work for me was the romance angle.

Let me comment on Mason first. I really don't care for the tortured hero love interest--ugh. It just seems dated; that is my bias so I tried to look past that to the elements of the...more
Sherri needs a twin
Imagine living in a post-apocalyptic world. Europe and the Far East haven't been heard from in years. The United States is split between the decimation of the East Coast and the "survivors" living on the West Coast. They still have technology but it's controlled and limited, almost like living in a modern day dictatorship with no one single leader. Scary stuff. Now imagine being kidnapped by a strange man who wants to "save" you from the coming prophesied change of the "The Dark Age" - a prophec...more
Waffling between 3 and 3.5 stars. I think having two writers who write in very different genres is forcing me down to the 3.

Interesting concept, the story definitely held my attention, and I was invested in the characters, but I felt like I could clearly see when one author would leave off and the other would pick up the story. It went from an apocalyptic sci-fi to extreme PNR and swung back around a few times. Kinda gave me motion sickness. I didn't feel like the stories wove together very well...more
All in all I really enjoyed this. I do love apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic books and movies, so I was a little more than excited when I realised this book was coming out. Penned by two excellent writers - Carrie Lofty and Ann Aguirre - what more could I ask for?

Well perhaps my expectations were too high. Because although I enjoyed it, read it through in a matter of hours, loved the wretchedness of the whole breakdown-of-life-as-we-know-it, it just wasn't quite as great as I'd hoped. Every box was...more
Wow, never in a million years would I have imagined I'd love a book this dark and scary. This was unlike anything I have ever read before in the romance genre. Nightfall had two incredible leads and wonderful secondary characters that I'm looking forward to reading more about in books 2 & 3.
This was just off the charts scary and thrilling and steamy as hell.
Thanks for the recommendation Shawna!

Weird Factor - off the charts insane! LOL
Lisa Kay
★★★½ ✩This is the best ★★★ star book I’ve read this year, and for that I have to give it another ½ star. I really liked this book, when I wanted to love it. It is like one of those B movies – you know, the classic kind that turn into a blockbuster. There are so many neat things in it. However, there is something off about it too. When I found out it was a collaboration of two authors, this made total sense to me. Still, I would recommend it to anyone looking for an apocalyptic sci-fi romance or...more
I attempted to read this book several months ago. Ultimately, this book was not for me despite the fact that I love Ann Aguirre as an author, I love post-apoc books and I had marked this as highly anticipated almost a year before its release. I ended up not finishing this book and abandoning it after about 20%.

There are some things I did like about the book. I liked the idea of it, I liked a few parts but other parts just did not work -- to me this may have been as a result of the collaborative...more
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-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he
Forget the zombies, here's the werewolf apocalypse...

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 -...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I love the self-torture of reading post-apocalyptic books. I typically start making out a supply list while reading them. The main aspect that draws me to this type of book is the how. There are so many different ways an author can bring on an apocalypse. Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty give the reader a very original take on how it will happen, Dark Magic. This Dark Magic does not only affect people, but it has a major impact on technology. I loved the originality of this book. I have been impatie...more

I really loved the premise of this book, most of it is action packed, intense and vivid.

Without giving spoilers, I had problems with the consistency of the world building that began with the prologue. Because of that I had a hard time immersing myself in this book.

If you can get beyond that and 'buy' the cause of the apocalypse and the re-emergence magic and the death of some science - you will find that this book does have a ton of action, vivid details (though sometimes over the top) and I...more
Enjoyed this post-apocalyptic journey a lot! It very different than I thought it would be at the beginning, but it ended up exceeding my expectations. It felt very cinematic with tons of action and peril. I wish there had been a little more background given, and just a tad more character development. I am looking forward to the next books in the series!
This book didn't fall neatly into any category. I consider it mostly a post apocalyptic and survival story wrapped around a romance. The world surely does end but in a manner different from any seen before. Dark things are abroad in the changing world. The tension level is high. The story revolves around John and Jenna and their escape from the city and struggle to survive the ravening beasts in the wilderness and understand the rules of the new world. The hero and heroine are both well drawn. T...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

NIGHTFALL is the first in a new Paranormal Romance trilogy from Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty (who combined Ellen Ripley from Alien and Sarah Connor from The Terminator to create their pen name Ellen Connor). Co-writers can be hit or miss for me. Ilona and Gordon Andrews, and also Clay and Susan Griffith combine the strengths of both writers to produce books that are better than one writer could pen by themselves. But others tend to be a clash of ideas t...more
3.5 stars.
The story is fast-paced and action-packed. The characters meet as strangers and struggle together to stay alive on the brink of a world that has irrevocably changed. Winter comes and there is no technology, death all around, monsters come to life and magic stirs.

It's been a little while since I've read a whole book in almost one sitting. The premise of this story snagged me from the prologue, and the action kept me hooked long after bedtime. The characters were fleshed-out well during...more
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Above average for romantic suspense with lots of adrenaline excitement in an apocalyptic and magic world.

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 apoc...more
Jun 11, 2011 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of unique PNR with apocalyptic theme & lots of action
4 ½-5 stars – Post-Apocalyptic/Paranormal Romance
I received this for free at the SD Comic Con over the summer. Romance isn't my usual genre, but I was willing to take a chance on it because it was a post-apocalyptic story and I usually go for those. Yeah... this book is pretty much an example of why I avoid romance novels on the whole.

I've always tended to think that most romance novels are pretty much the women's equivalent of porn, and overall, this novel really only strengthened that opinion. Much like the plot of porn movies, setting and r...more
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Jenna Barclay is kidnapped and taken to a cabin where she is told by Mason - a man who she thinks is crazier than a loon - that the world is gonna end. She wishes that she'd never heard it before but unfortunately her father, when he was around, spouted the same crap and she just didn't want to hear it. Sure, Europe hadn't been heard from in a while and the east coast had it's share of trouble but the government had assured the people west of the Mississippi that all would be well. Why would she...more
I know, I know. You are probably all looking at my rating and thinking “What the hell is wrong with that Julie?!” *sigh* I have come to the conclusion that Nightfall by Ellen Connor is going to be ‘that book’ to me. That one book that everyone adores but that I just couldn’t find that love for it. I think the writing was superb and the world was interesting, but… Well, let’s just start at the beginning.

Nightfall by Ellen Connor is book one in the new Dark Age Dawning trilogy. It’s a series about...more
Nightfall by Ellen Connor

Written by the powerhouse author team Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty, Ellen Connor is the combination of Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor, two of the most powerful women of science fiction. Lofty and Aguirre strove to embody these strong women in their Dark Age Dawning novels and … They Achieved It.
Darkly compelling, ‘Nightfall’ begins with a sudden onslaught of adrenaline and doesn’t let go. The hero, Mason is larger than life and his heroine is ten times more. I was in love...more
WOW!!! I mean damn, seriously I didn't think that I would be into this book with all the end of the world , everyone dying stuff. I was so wrong. I fell in love with Mason right away and by the end of the book I just wanted to throw him down and have my wicked way with him! Is that bad?? lol Jenna was pretty good too. lol but Mason, Mmmmm... ok anyway this book was pretty serious and kinda creepy but no zombies so I was cool.

OMG one of my favorite parts was when Jenna was so fed up with Mason a...more
Vor ihrer eigenen Haustüre wird Jenna entführt. Im Kofferraum ihres Wagens wird sie von einem unbekannten Mann in die Wälder von Oregon verschleppt und festgehalten, weit und breit keine weitere Menschenseele zu sehen. Ein Alptraum. Glücklicherweise scheint Mason, ihr Entführer ihr keine Gewalt antun zu wollen – jedenfalls solange nicht, wie Jenna nicht versucht davon zu laufen.
Der introvertierte Ex-Soldat erzählt Jenna vom nahenden Ende, dass die dunkle Zeit kommen wird und das ihr Vater ihn vo...more
4.25 stars Excellent mix of apocalyptic horror and paranormal romance. This book is like going to the movies. Adrenaline-packed action, fresh take on the werewolf genre, and great characters.

After the world falls into darkness, Jenna is kidnapped by a man who is sent by her late father Mitchell. Mason is a soldier, rescued from the streets by Jenna's father and trained to face the coming apocalypse. Mitchell only asked one thing of him, 'Save my daughter'. Mason takes her to the woods where they...more
In this series, the world is being overrun slowly by a surge of magic that is neutralizing all electronic equipment. This black out started in Europe and made its way to the America's East Coast. Those on the East Coast are living a post-apocalyptic survival while Americans to the west are going along with their lives, pretending the fate of the East coast does not affect them. Jenna Barclay is one of these people living an idyllic existence and ignoring the troubles creeping closer.

Jenna is ki...more
When I think of this book, one word comes to mind “PRIMAL.” In this book, the world gets pared down to the most fundamental levels - finesse is out, luxury is out, technology is out. People and animals survive on instinct.

The premise and setting of this story is dark. Ellen Connor does amazing job building a world in which the characters survive by a thread. There are threats all around them - starvation, death due to freezing cold temperatures, transformation by being bitten by one of the rabi...more
Sep 29, 2011 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Lovers of post-apocalyptic stories
The world changes, all technology shuts down and rotten evil dogs appear and yes, once bitten, you change or dye changing. Mason, having been kind of adopted by Jenna's prophetic father, knew it would happen, and had been preparing for it. He kidnaps Jenna, saving her, and their adventure begins.

This novel reminded me of Resident Evil, only with zombie-dogs instead of human zombies. It's full of action and it kept turning me the pages. But its characters weren't very compelling to me (with the e...more
The shelves are full of paranormal romances and urban fantasy books, and it's difficult to find something unique these days. While Ellen Conner's Nightfall has some of the usual tropes, it also has something else- action. Lots and lots of action. From start to finish I wasn't bored for a second, and that is high praise. I'll definitely go on to the next book.
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Who are we, you might ask? Well, we’re a collaborative writing team comprised of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty. Our pen name comes from two bad-ass female SF characters: Ellen Ripley (from Alien) and Sarah Connor (from The Terminator). When you put them together, you get Ellen Connor…and we hope to rock your world.
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