From bestselling author, L. J. Smith, Nightfall is the first book in The Return Trilogy and fifth book in the Vampire Diaries series.Elena Gilbert has made the ultimate sacrifice to save the two irresistibly handsome vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon. Bought back to life by a supernatural force, Elena is no longer human. Now Elena has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. Still getting comfortable in her new skin, her blood pulses with a unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.Stefan, concerned about her safety, wants to keep Elena safe so they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church, Damon seizes the moment to profess his love and convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with. Even with a new Elena, the past is still very present. As darkness infiltrates the town, Damon, who is always the hunter, is now the hunted. He becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena's blood but her death. Hardcover. 567 Pages.