Wednesday, April 29, 2015

REVIEW: Disintegration

The Todor Trilogy 2:
Jenna Newell Hiott

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publication date: 3.6.2015
Pages: 430

Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 4.27.2015

"Aerie is gone.  Your home is gone.  Your teachers are gone and, yes, your ancestor is gone.  Let yourself mourn; grieve for what you've lost, but let go of guilt and blame for these only serve to disrupt Oneness.  And when you are able, step back an see that all of Todor is now like a blank parchment or an unfolded piece of clay.  With the queen's death, Todor lost its ruler.  With the destruction of Aerie, Todor lost its wealth.  And with the end of Keeper Clary, Todor lost its history.  Toro has a chance to start completely anew.  Perhaps it is time to choose to create a land free of boundaries between the different type of glitters, for enemies only exist as history dictates.  With the land's history gone, there are no enemies.  Perhaps it is time to choose to create a land free of servitude of any kind.  And perhaps it is time to choose to create a land free of deception and secrets."

Disintegration begins where Revelation ends.  Death, destruction and sorrow surround Soman and his trust is lost, along with a lot of the people that he grew up with, the people who raised him, his "family".  The three young children that we watched grow up in book one, that we watched love, change, and then be separated, are far from what they were when we first met them, some not for the better.  When they went off for training, they each found their fathers, the truth about themselves and their people, the powers that they have, and more secrets were revealed.  War is beginning and Gemynd is now no longer Soman's best friend; he is his enemy.

I found this story to be even better than the first, which I didn't think could be possible.  From the very beginning of the story - or middle, I guess I should say - I was pulled in and could not put this book down (until around 4am when I finally finished).  And, again, I am waiting for book three because I want - no, need - to find out what happens next.

About the book:
Aerie has fallen and the land of Todor is on the brink of war.  Famine and decay have touched every corner of the island.  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 protege?  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.

About the author:
Author, healer, all-around kook, Jenna Newell Hiott 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 siblings - all of whom lived in a make-believe world of Jenna's own creation.  One could say she's been writing fantasy fiction since she was old enough to use words.  And she never outgrew it.  One of this hyperactive imagination, Jenna created the land of Todor: a world of magic, intrigue, and power plays.

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