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The Todor Trilogy: Disintegration

ARRIVES FEBRUARY 2022

Aerie has fallen, and the land of Todor is on the brink of war. Famine and decay have touched every corner of the land. If Todor is to survive, Gemynd, Numa, and Soman must fully embrace their powers, even as they continue to uncover more secrets and lies. Can Soman survive the aftermath of his role in the destruction of Aerie? Will Numa’s love for Gemynd endure even after she sees the horrors of the Iturtian pit? And is Gemynd his father’s puppet or his protégé? The betrayals of the past weigh heavy, but can the three move beyond them in order to work for the good of Todor? Or will their inability to forgive propel them into war?

Thundering toward an epic conclusion, Disintegration is the second book in the Todor trilogy. In it, author Jenna Newell Hiott paints a stunning portrait of humanity at its rawest, giving a revealing glimpse of how it fares when everything teeters on the brink of destruction.

Jenna Newell Hiott

Jenna boasts of having a limitless imagination unless it’s nap time. While many of us had an imaginary friend as children, Jenna had an entire imaginary family, complete with a second set of parents and three new siblings. One could say she’s been writing fantasy fiction since she was old enough to use words.

But her wacky imagination doesn’t mean she keeps herself locked in a room, communicating only with the people in her mind. She enjoys real people too!

“I have a passion for human connection,” she says. “This passion led me to study both history and world religions. What I’ve learned is that when you strip away culture and erase the boundaries of time, we are all the same. The first time I saw a photograph of the fossilized footprints of Laetoli, Africa, I got chills. Here, preserved in mud for more than three million years, was evidence that humans have always loved one another. One male, one female, and a child—a family—walked together that day and left their story behind in footprints. And don’t even get me started on cave art! I hyperventilate when I think about it. For at least 30,000 years (and probably much longer for all we know), humans have been expressing themselves through the creation of art. It’s truly remarkable and all the proof I need of Divinity. It’s easy to imagine, then, that if humans have been able to represent their inner workings in two-dimensional imagery for tens of thousands of years, we have likely been telling stories to each other since the dawn of time. I believe storytelling was probably the first art, and there was never a time when humans weren’t doing it.”

It is from this place of active imagination and love of human interactions, that Jenna creates. Her writing is driven by deep characters and plots that keep the reader guessing.

Early Reviews

I really got into this book from the beginning to the end. The story itself is very interesting and kept me reading, but the best part was the individual characters that I met throughout the story. The whole thing was very well written, but the way it was written, each chapter focusing on an individual main character, really helped you to learn about them, as well as learn about the others by seeing how they view each other.

Gemynd, Nuna, and Soman were all three born on the same day and were the only three born that year. When it was time for them to progress to the sevens (age), they learned that there were a lot more secrets than they had originally anticipated. As they grew older and grew closer together (they were the best of friends), they found out that not all of the things they learned were the truth, and not all of the secrets were told to them that day.

The author has a deep insight, which you can see in the way that she talks about the beliefs of these people who live in Aerie. It is a very peaceful country where everyone works together and lives in joy. Once they leave their land, they find out that not everyone is as good as the people of Aerie, and their lives change, not always for the good.

I loved this story and recommend it to anyone who loves epic fantasies, BUT I was disappointed with the way the story ended as if we were watching the season finale and had to wait in anticipation for the next season to begin. The books in this series are definitely not stand-alone books and I’m glad that I waited to read this one after I already had book two in my hands.

Favorite quote: “I would venture to guess that you experience the most pain when you think of the future. When you think of having to endure many moments, many days, without Gemynd,” she said, bringing a fresh wave of tears flowing from Numa’s eyes. “But you could make the choice to not think beyond this moment right now. And if in this moment you feel sorrow, then feel sorrow and let it flow through you. Just choose to think ‘right now I am sad.’ When thoughts about the future come in, such as: ‘What if I still feel this way tomorrow?’ or ‘Can I bear it if I feel sorrowful for the rest of my life?’ simply choose to ignore them. For you are choosing to focus on only one moment at a time. And you can bear anything if it is only for one moment.”

Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Please remember that this review is based on my own interpretation of the book.

Meghan


I want to read the next books!!! The characters are well-formed and you really want to find out more about them and what happens with them. Three children born on the same day are all special and find out they have abilities. They leave for training because it is required and each one goes through something different, but all learn something about themselves, but coming home is more difficult than any of them thought.

Dystopian in a way because of the way the village they live in is ruled and not exactly realistic, as they realize when they are training.

I can’t wait to get the 2nd book to find out what happens next and eagerly await when the 3rd book comes out.

Kimberly Newsom