Wednesday, April 29, 2015

REVIEW: Revelation

The Todor Trilogy 1:
Jenna Newell Hiott

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publication date: 1.1.2014
Pages: 378

Date read: 4.26.2015

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."

About the book:
In a land where magic was created through the spilling of blood, turmoil is looming.  Grief and despair flood the land of Todor, and its creators - the omniscient Deis - consider destroying it altogether.  That is, until a single spot of joy attracts their attention: the idyllic village of Aerie.  Believing in the hope found there, the Deis give Todor one more chance.  They place three infants within this village who are unknowingly tasked with ending Todor's suffering and saving all creation.
            As the three chosen ones grow, they discover that their beloved village is a haven of secrets, and nothing is as they believe.  Can Gemynd, Soman, and Numa move beyond the secrets of Aerie in order to learn the truth about themselves and the world they thought they knew?  With impending war, passionate love, and the heartbreak of separation facing them at every turn, will they do what is required to save Creation?
            An imaginative fantasy debut from Jenna Newell Hiott, Revelation combines intrigue, passion, and magic to create a mythic tale like no other.  The first book in the epic Todor trilogy, Revelation introduces readers to a unique fantasy realm - "intelligent and layered with hidden truths, it will stay with you long after you've read the last page."

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.  Out of this hyperactive imagination, Jenna created the land of Todor: a world of magic, intrigue, and power plays.

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