Guest Post: Jenna Newell Hiott, author of Disintegration: The Todor Trilogy, Book Two

Hello everyone. I’m excited to welcome today’s guest, Jenna Newell Hiott. Without further ado, here she is.

In addition to being an author, I am also a spiritual healer. In working with clients over the years, I have come to believe that—no matter what it might look like on the outside—everyone truly is doing his best. Every person encounters life through his own unique perception, made up of his own unique set of beliefs that were largely created through his own unique set of circumstances. And, through this unique perception, every person approaches life the best way he can in any given moment. Basically this means that I don’t believe there is such a thing as good versus evil. There are far too many shades of grey for that to be true.

This belief of mine carries through into my fiction writing, and is especially evident in The Todor Trilogy. There is a thread of mystery that runs through the trilogy asking the question: Who is the villain? Is it Keeper Clary who appears to be the mastermind behind the social control and segregation of Todor? Is it Golath who seems willing to seize power at any cost? Or is it Gemynd who so easily bends to the whim of his madness?

As readers move through the Todor trilogy, they will quickly realize that things are not always what they seem. Just when they think they’ve figured out who the bad guy is, a new layer of depth will open up and turn what they know upside down. Are Keeper Clary’s motivations more about balance than control? Is Golath, the hero of Aerie, more interested in protecting his people than seizing power for himself? And is Gemynd truly mad, or is he the only person in Todor fearless enough to find the truth?

And the list of possible villains is as long as the cast of characters.

In Todor, as in real life, there are no two-dimensional bad guys. Even those who commit horrific acts of violence are motivated by their own backgrounds and inner dialogues. Any one of Todor’s characters holds the power to save creation or destroy it and, whichever choice is made, each character was just doing his or her best.

Book Synopsis

Do you love fantasy adventures? Let The Todor Trilogy take you on a magical journey that will leave you questioning your own reality.

front_cover (1)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?

Revelation, the first book of The Todor Trilogy, combines intrigue, passion, and magic to create a mythic tale like no other. 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.

Thundering toward an epic conclusion, Disintegration, the second book of the trilogy, picks up right where Revelation ended. 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.

Praise for The Todor Trilogy:

“Careful, this book is addictive.”

“Newell Hiott’s gripping style of writing completely immerses the reader in the story.”

“I found myself on the edge of my seat and staying up way too late with this page-turner.”

“I’ve never read a book twice…until now.”

“Masterfully written and truly unique. I can’t wait for the next one. Newell Hiott is going be big.”                                                                                          

“Honestly, this could be the next J.K. Rowling.”

Author Bio

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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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
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15 Responses to Guest Post: Jenna Newell Hiott, author of Disintegration: The Todor Trilogy, Book Two

  1. I love that idea that everyone is doing the best they can. I like to think I am :).

  2. This sounds a terrific trilogy. I’m not into fantasy, but this does sound riveting. ❤

  3. cleemckenzie says:

    Love it when villains as well as heroes have something good inside them.

  4. Chrys Fey says:

    This sounds like an awesome trilogy. I do love fantasy and magical books. The praise alone makes me want to read them.

  5. Congratulations, Jenna. Most people in life do fall into that grey area.

  6. Nick Wilford says:

    Sounds like a great series. It’s true there is no such thing as a clear cut battle between good and evil.

  7. Congratulations to Jenna! I love all the layers of gray within well written characters. I love it when an author can get me to sympathize with a villain.

  8. I loved hearing about Jenna’s background as a healer. I also like her philosophy. This sounds like a fabulous trilogy and I will now be looking for it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Those shades of grey apply to real life and fiction. I love it when I’m wrong about the bad guy, because I’m flipping the pages to see who it is.

  10. I can’t imagine writing a trilogy, so my hat’s off to Jenna! Yay. How exciting.

  11. congrats to Jenna! Fascinating interview and the books sound wonderful 🙂

  12. I like complicated characters — evil ones with good in them, and vice versa. Great post!

  13. I believe that I am doing the best I can with what I have:)
    This book sounds wonderful. My best wishes to you.

  14. mpax1 says:

    Hmm, sounds like a fun read. I’ll have to check it out. MPax

  15. Sounds like a very intriguing premise. 🙂

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