Teen author completes Christian fantasy trilogy

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, at 1:55 p.m.

BANGOR — This month marks a time of endings and beginnings for Jessie Mae Hodsdon.

On Nov. 25, the 19-year-old Bangor author will release the third volume in her “Chronicles of Xsardis” trilogy, also titled “Xsardis” (pronounced Zar-dis), on her own Rebirth Publishing label.

There will be two events tied into the publication. First off is a pre-release cocktail party at 5-7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the HIlton Garden Inn. Next is a book signing starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 25 at Lambs Book and Bible in Bangor.

Hodsdon will be saying goodbye to Xsardis, a world she’s been visiting since she was 14, when she began writing the Christian fantasy series. Earlier volumes were 2009’s “Issym” and 2010’s “Asandra.”

The “Chronicles of Xsardis” series centers on Seth and Rachel. When they were young, they dreamed about such creatures as dragons and fairies, and those creations came to life on another world. When they became teenagers, they were drawn into that world, where they were expected to be its saviors.

What happens in the final volume? Here’s the publisher’s description: “Neither defeating a dragon nor dueling a shape shifter could have prepared Seth for the staggering deaths at the battle of Maremoth. Since that day, everything has changed in the land of his imagination. Revival sweeps Asandra. The people have returned to the true king. Sasha’s forces lay dormant. But nothing is as it seems.

“With one last thrust, Sasha searches for invincibility. Forced to join with another enemy to stop

the relentless shifter, Seth will once again risk everything to follow God and save Xsardis. Twists and turns threaten to divide close friends. While the joint armies of Issym and Asandra battle a mysterious new adversary, loyalties will be strained as never before.

“In this conclusion to the Xsardis Chronicles, Seth must unravel the lore of Issym and Asandra or

watch them collapse. Imagination has never been a more potent weapon.”

What was Hodsdon’s goal for “Xsardis?”: “I wanted to bring things to a very strong finish,” she said.

Now that “Xsardis” is done, Hodsdon will turn her attention to pursuits other than novel writing, at least for a time. First the Nyack (N.Y.) College business major will turn her attention to her publishing company, which is planning to publish two textbooks. She’ll also working her way through a stack of fiction manuscripts.

She’s also scheduling a speaking tour next spring, during which she’ll continue talking to schools about writing and her faith.

When Hodsdon returns to novel writing, she said she may get back to a science-fiction series that she’s been developing.

Hodsdon is pleased with her progress as a writer.

“Looking back at ‘Issym,’ I was scared,” she said. “Now I’m more confident as a writer. I feel my books are getting a lot deeper.”

“Xsardis” is available at Mr. Paperback in Bangor and Lambs Book and Bible and online at www.issym.com. Hodsdon’s author web site is www.jessiemaehodsdon.com.

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