This is L.J. Smith's next (Book number 5) in her Vampire Diaries series. The original four were written in 1991. So, this book comes 18 years later. The Vampire Dairies is one of my all time favorite vampire series because the story and characters seem so timeless. Now, after 18 years, L.J. Smith has written a fifth book in the series. This book, “The Return: Nightfall “is going to be followed by two more books (which publication dates have not been assigned as of yet, the next will be “Shadow Souls” followed by “Midnight”). This newest book follows all of the characters we so desperately fell in love with in the first four books. However, as L.J. Smith has already stated, this new “trilogy” will be focusing largely on Damon. So, for the fans out there that are upset Stefan was absent through much of the book, need to remember how much he was in the first four books, and that this is a “to be continued book” with two more to follow. Now, after 18 years, L.J. Smith’s writing has changed a great deal. The first 100 pages or so are written in a completely different style, the rest of the book is more like her writing. However, overall this is a very dark book and is written in a more “adult” fashion. You cannot expect a carbon copy of any of the previous four books. This book cannot be compared to the other four at all. It think this new book, and the other two to follow need to be judged separately from Ms. Smith’s original four. This book is very different. There are new bad guys and Elena has new Power.