Lord of Columbia Series

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Northern Knights: Episode I in the Lord of Columbia Series

Today you’re getting a bit of a treat; the book description for Episode I in the Lord of Columbia Series, Northern Knights:

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Northern Knights Description

In Episode I of this new adult urban fantasy, Cain Riscattare is an arrogant and ignorant college athlete gifted in controlling the five classical elements when his life takes an unexpected twist.

As the notorious Southpoint Empire conducts a military draft in Cain’s homeland, the Columbian Colonies, Cain’s sole goal of attaining professional status in the sport of shotball after his senior season at Summit University is in jeopardy.

Cain has two options: fight the Empire or get conscripted to invade distant lands and usurp natural resources all in the interest of multinational weapons and oil corporations.

As Cain and his best friends stand their ground and become fugitives, trouble is only beginning when they reach Summit University, the last haven in the Columbian Colonies free of Southpoint rule.

At Summit, Cain and his friends work with rebel leaders to help keep the school safe from a potential Southpoint threat as Cain’s actions have sparked an uprising all over Columbia.

But as undercover Southpoint spies poison Summit University and tragedy strikes, Cain realizes the unthinkable has happened: that sooner rather than later Southpoint and their Supreme Leader, Adam Syndari, will set their sites toward Summit and finally conquer the area once and for all.

 

A Dark Past

On the surface, Cain appears as a normal college jock looking to further his name and influence in sports, but he’s hiding a dark and disturbing past, one of tragedy and trauma at such a young age.

As we dive deeper into Cain’s backstory, his best friend, Lira Ross, has demons of her own she’d rather remain hidden than bubble to the surface.

It’s a story of how two best friends from different walks of life find their bond and never let go, discovering that even though people may hail from two different worlds within a world, common experiences enable them to stick together.

 

Targeted Reading Audience

For anyone interested in fantasy, especially urban or contemporary fantasy, this is a book to checkout.

Those who are college age can relate to our characters more than any other reader as the bulk of our characters are between eighteen and twenty-two in this first book, giving Northern Knights a new adult categorization.

Northern Knights is also suited for those who crave action, adventure, utopia, and dystopia. Amazon has even put Northern Knights into the war & military category due to its nature of two coalitions going at it, one a strong, centrally-planned governmental structure and the other an independent, voluntarist colony wishing to become its own nation.

Sword & sorcery is also featured along with complex magical systems and a rich history in a world coined as Gaia. Anyone looking for a world whose entire history is created from and revealed in both Northern Knights and future volumes of the series would love what Lord of Columbia has to offer.

 

Influences from Real Life

Yes, Northern Knights possesses numerous real-life influences, a complete list can be found here, but I’ll elaborate on historical and political influences.

First off, the series is neither fully right wing nor left wing, instead undertaking a Libertarian, Voluntarist, and Constitutional route. The message is one preaching strong anti-state values, so anyone interested in learning such values would be interested in Northern Knights.

The works of former Congressman Ron Paul, the Mises Institute, Lew Rockwell, Blackstone Intelligence, and the Corbett Report have all influenced my works, and for more information on each, please click on the highlighted links.

The American Revolution is another major influence, as one can see early on in Northern Knights in the classic battle of Republic versus Empire.

 

Read On!

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If you enjoy Northern Knights please give it an honest review and also feel free to purchase Episode II in the Series, Swords of Destiny which is also available on Amazon.

Thank you all for reading my description on Northern Knights and if you have any questions or concerns regarding the work, please feel free to comment below.

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111 Comments

  1. These books look well interesting Todd and I would love to read them as you mention how your works are influenced by alternative media outlets such as Blackstone Intelligence and commentaries by Ron Paul etc.

    I myself am an alternative media advocate so I would be highly interested how you weave the fabric of this and the American Revolution into fantasy stories.

    Thanks Todd, these will make a nice collection in my Kindle.

    Cheers,
    Michael.

    • Thanks, Michael! Blackstone Intelligence has become my undisputed favorite on places to draw inspiration. Some of what Jake preaches is quite frightening but 100% true. It’s a challenge to fuse alternative media in with the Revolution plus adding a fantasy background. In fact, it took me three years to perfect Northern Knights, so a lot of time was spent in putting work into it. Thousands of hours, but in the end, I made it as close to perfect as I could!

  2. Definitely bookmarking your site! My girlfriend is an avid reader and is always looking for new books to dive into. This one looks like it’s something right up her alley. The way you describe the story is very intriguing and it looks like there is good character development going on here which she LOVES. Thank you for this!

    • Thanks, Eric, that’s always great to hear! If she’s a fan of Harry Potter she’ll love Northern Knights, as Harry Potter was a huge inspiration behind me creating the work. 

  3. I love reading fantasy novels so this book I’ll try reading. I haven’t read a book of urban fantasy yet so this will be an unique one for me. I know there are sword fights in this novel, but I love a book that has a good mix of action and romance. Does this book have a good amount of both?

    • Todd Matthews

      January 28, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      You’ll definitely like this book if you were a fan of the Harry Potter Series as I gained a lot of my influences from J.K. Rowling but still added my own twist to the work, making it an original concept. Actually, this book and the entire series does have that mixture of action plus romance behind it, which (spoiler alert) is implied early. As the series progresses, the romance portion becomes more of a theme. In fact, I think you’ll like Books II and III. 

    • I’m also a sucker for fantasy novels and movies a and this looks like what I would be really interested in. The fact that it also revolves around college makes me even more interested because I just like novels or movies that are about college lives.

  4. I have always loved urban fantasy book with sci-fic touches but this book still looks great to me. I’ll really love to read through it. Thanks for providing a very concise and well explained prelude! Will you still write a summary or prelude of the Sword of Destiny too. I’ll love to check back on your website and check the review too. Thanks

    • Todd Matthews

      January 28, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Hi, Salim, thank you for the kind words. I will be summarizing Swords of Destiny as well and have a rough draft post lined up for the description. Thanks again for dropping by and I hope you enjoy my future works! 

  5. Thanks for the introducing of Northern Knights.

    I do like fantasy stories and this one is going to be great fun I believe. So far I haven’t heard of the new book, I’m glad to have found your site.

    It’s great to read a story description of the author himself, I guess you had some work to finish this book. I’ll definitely read it, thanks 🙂

    • Todd Matthews

      January 28, 2019 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you, Stefan! Northern Knights was a work three years in the making, but in a manner of speaking can be traced all the way back to a dorm room at Kent State University in 2010-2011. 

      If there’s one work that influenced me the most when writing Northern Knights, it was J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series. I drew about a dozen elements from Rowling but the story itself has its own plot and concept, which is if read closely, an allegory of American history, so history buffs will love the work as well. 

      But if fantasy, especially urban fantasy is your thing and if you are/were a fan of Harry Potter, this is definitely a series for you. There is more blood and strong language in the work, but the characters are mainly between ages eighteen and twenty-five, so it’s a new adult version of my greatest influence.

  6. This sounds really awesome. I am sure that my two daughters who are 24 and almost 18 will love reading this.. They both love Harry Potter and my younger daugther is always reading something interesting on her tablet. My older daughter might be more able to relate to the characters age group. It sounds very interesting and even the mother of my children would love to read this and has also read some of the same books that the kids love as well.

    • Todd Matthews

      January 28, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks, Andy. My target age for this book is 18-25, as I was 24 when I really sat down to work intently on it and published last August, about three months after my 27th birthday. I think you’re right when you say your older daughter would relate more, as the bulk of the characters here are between 21-23, but there is a breakout character involved who is 18 and plays a vital role in the overall plot. 

  7. Wow Super nice work, Todd!

    Heavy story action, I just caught a successful author in the making, splendid work with Northern Knights! I have a feeling you’re going to be really famous in the long run, awesome momentum you’re creating with your rich storyline my friend. How many series are you planning to make? I hope that you can make at least 10, then you might have a chance to be depicted for a movie or series 😀

    • Todd Matthews

      January 28, 2019 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks, Riaz. This is a work where you will find action at every turn. I’ve always compared the work, especially Northern Knights, to Harry Potter, but there’s a lot of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Fast and Furious (especially from a character development standpoint as my main character is his own spin of Dom Toretto through and through). 

      I’m planning on writing 13 books in all spanning over four trilogies plus one series finale, which will encompass the previous twelve books. Northern Knights is the beginning of the Original Trilogy, which will be followed by a Sequel Trilogy, then a Prequel Trilogy, and finally, a Golden Age Trilogy. Each work already has its original framework plotted out, so the story should fit like a puzzle.

  8. Hi! This is very interesting! I do like urban or even contemporary fantasies, but i haven`t heard about Northern Knights – thanks for introducing it to me.

    I will follow through Cain`s adventures. I will bookmark your site for more informations.

    All the best!

    • Hi, Hanna! Urban and contemporary fantasy have always been up my alley for quite some time, too. Cain’s adventures are just beginning with the release of the first two books and we’ll only see more of him and his Northern Knights as future books are released. I can’t wait to share them!

  9. What a great article, this book is very influential I believe I have to get a copy of it, personally I do like reading books and other articles but this one has even made me more anxious to read more, as I was going through this post my mind was transforming this book from writing to action like a movie, I believe it would really work well too. I am sure to subscribe to your newsfeed to learn more about this post, thank you.

    From Joy.

    • Todd Matthews

      February 5, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you, Joy! And yes, I’ve definitely heard a few comparing Northern Knights to either a movie or video game. It’d be epic if sometime in the future such an idea becomes a reality. It’d be a dream come true from my end. 

  10. I love to read, and though fantasy isn’t my typical go-to, I’m intrigued by your description here. I also like to seek out book series, so I know that when I finish the first book, I already have another ready to flow into! I will look this up, and recommend as well to a friend whose book passion does lie in the fantasy world. Thanks for the preview!

    • Todd Matthews

      February 5, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks, cris! And yes, I’m on the same page when it comes to books. I definitely need a series and while I’ll opt for a standalone every now and again, a series is always my go-to. I love reading about both character and plot development and what becomes of each character at the series’ end. 

  11. Thanks for the review!  I love to read and one of my favorite genres is the medieval/fantasy realm.  I am a bit of a geek in that respect, but I do embrace my geek-side and all that comes with it.

    This book looks like it would be an excellent addition to my library.

    • Todd Matthews

      February 5, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you, Terry! Northern Knights does contain some elements from medieval fantasy despite it being urban fantasy in nature. Swords, element control, and even the history within the world all makes for a medieval core in the novel and overall series itself. 

  12. Md moinul Islam

    February 5, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Hi,

    I have read the whole review about this information.This is really an amazing information about this book. I did not know anything about this book.until after reading your article. I love reading these types of books. I am thinking of reading this book after reading your article.I will buy this book very soon.Thanks for sharing this informative information with us.

    • Todd Matthews

      February 5, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks a bunch! This article is your most in-depth description regarding Northern Knights anywhere on the internet. I’m glad you found the description compelling. 

  13. I love the the thrill in the book. I really love these kinds of books and I will bookmark you so that I can follow you as you keep releasing new books in case their is a sequel to this book. It will make my work easy when know when the next release is on pipeline.

  14. Todd,

    You have gotten my interest here with this book and it being a series – reading has always been a favorite pass time for me.  I also like a series where you are left hanging at the end and just must continue going – there was a movie that I once watched and they did not finish the series and oh my how I wish they would I could watch it over and over again.  Books in a series such as this make for a better read than watching movies because you get so much more detail and that inspires at least myself to keep reading.

    Thank you and I am waiting for more from your website to see what other reading I may just get for myself,

    Susan

    • Todd Matthews

      February 5, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Hi, Susan, one reason why I’ve always been a fan of books over movies is due to the detail a book can bring. And yes, I’m with you; I love book, movie, or TV series where the reader or viewer is left with a cliffhanger. One of my favorite real-life examples was the TV show lost, a few elements of which made their way into Northern Knights. Lost operated in a similar fashion, where the end of each season left a cliffhanger so large the show’s viewership would be talking about it all summer long. 

  15. After reading your preview on this book I’m so excited to get my own copy. Your words compelled me into the writer’s world creating a picture of his intention. This would be a really thrilling read and perhaps could become a movie someday.

    Maybe a game of thronish movie or something. I’m rooting for you. Keep up the good work

    • Todd Matthews

      February 5, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks, Louis! I’d love to see Northern Knights and the entire Lord of Columbia Series hit the big screen someday, even if it’s years down the road. My work has a little bit of action, adventure, and fantasy all set in a modern-day society. I hope you enjoy it! 

  16. Thank you Todd. You are simply an amazing writer. Anytime I read your synopsis about all these adventures, you always wowed into believing in reality. I just don’t know how you normarlly make it so easy to understand and enjoy even wihtout having any love for adventure . But it always makes me comes back to read your blog about these adventure. Keep it up!

    • Todd Matthews

      February 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      Hi, Kehinde, it took me a few years to master the craft. Something I recommend to all writers is to start off by just writing, gain constructive feedback at appropriate times, and from there, they’ll see themselves improve time and again. It will take a year or so, but it’s worth the time and investment. 

  17. This Fantasy novel is Top-Notch!! The tittle alone creates suspense. I have a friend who is very very crazy about fantasy novels, i would definitely recommend this to him. I will also tell him to purchase the episode II (Swords of Destiny) which you made mention to be also available on Amazon. Am sure the novel is full of action and a whole lots of fights. Thanks so much once again for this, anticipate to read more of your posts in these areas.

    • Todd Matthews

      February 5, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      There’s fighting all over Northern Knights, that I can guarantee! And yes, Swords of Destiny is out on Amazon and next month, the first trilogy of the four-trilogy series will be complete! I can’t wait to see where this series can go beyond it! 

  18. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your preview of the Northern Knights book. It’s almost like I am watching a movie! I am a big fan of fantasy books as well as epic movies. I love how you made the characters Cain and Lira Ross come alive.Sorcery, paranormal activities and sword fights are the two elements that make an urban fantasy novel exciting to read. I love feeling a rush of blood to my head when reading adventure novels. I will certainly want to find out how Cain’s rebellion actually turned out. It’s a shame I never got to read the HARRY POTTER and LORD OF THE RING books, though I have watched all of the movies. Do you have an idea if the movie of Northern Knights will be produced any time soon?

    • Todd Matthews

      February 5, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the read and yes, I’m even happier that it felt like you were seeing a movie playing out. There’s a little bit of all the elements at play here in Northern Knights, too. While the entire series is still well into its infancy, I can’t envision a movie coming out any time soon but who knows? There’s always a chance! 

  19. Thank you for this awesome description. I really enjoyed reading it. This book definitely looks promising and I was a fan of fantasy and sci-fi since my childhood. My favorite book from this genre is Metro 2033. I can say that I enjoy movies just as much as I enjoy books. I always hyped when some of favorite sci-fi books is turned into a great movie. 

    Strahinja. 

    • Todd Matthews

      February 6, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      I’m glad you liked it! Both Northern Knights and Swords of Destiny, plus my soon-to-be-released third book are part of an overall series planned to span around 13 different books. I can’t wait to continue releasing new novels and I hope you find my series fascinating! 

  20. This is the first time I heard about this series and I’m all of a sudden very interested in them.  I think my husband will love to read these books as well and it could be a great valentine’s day gift for him, especially since we are taking a long trip the day after and will be in a plane for 14 hours.

    Thanks for the idea

    • Todd Matthews

      February 9, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      Hi, Carmen! You’re very welcome and yes, I can attest that I always need to have reading material on me when taking a long trip. I remember going to the beach when I was younger. I once read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince upon its release while embarking to Ocean City, MD when I was fourteen. Read the whole thing once over! 

  21. I am certainly not “College” age anymore but I always love a good book.

    The description of Northern Knights has caught my eye and I so far do like the story.

    I think, combining sections from real life into a fictional story is actually pretty brilliant.

    I certainly will get my hands on this book to see what the story entails and how it ends or, perhaps there is even an open end? If so, even better.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Todd Matthews

      February 10, 2019 at 11:36 pm

      Hi, Sylvia, this is a book that anyone over 18 can enjoy, and even as young as 14. If I were to give one hint, I’d definitely state that there are a lot of open ends after the first book, Northern Knights, which will keep the reader guessing what happens next in Swords of Destiny! 

  22. While I may not be usually interested in this type of book, it was appealing. I have a dear friend that would absolutely adore it, and I would like to share it with him!

    Could you compare to any other series of books, so I can recommend it to him?

    Awesome write-up, you definitely had me hooked!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Ciara

    • Todd Matthews

      February 27, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks, Ciara! A lot of influence came from Harry Potter, at least in Northern Knights’ terms. One can make fast comparisons. But I did have a lot of influence from TV shows and movies, particularly Avatar: The Last Airbender. My main character, Cain, can be compared to Dom Toretto from Fast and Furious on a personality standpoint. 

  23. Hi Todd Matthews,

    Thank you for sharing this great informational article about Northern Knights. I love reading fantasy novels so this book I’ll try reading. I have a feeling you’re going to be really famous in the long run. I will definitely be back to your website for some more as you continue to journey us through Lord of Columbia.

    • Todd Matthews

      February 27, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      Haha, I don’t know about fame, but maybe in political circles of my Anacap brethren! And please keep tuning in, as I’m just breaking the ice here. I can’t wait to see what follows and I’ll keep everyone updated. 

  24. Hi Todd,

    I have read your article on Northern Knights description, I always loved urban fantasy book but this book still looks great to me. I’ll really love to read through it. Thanks for providing a very attractive and well explained book. Thanks for the introducing of Northern Knights.I do like fantasy stories and this one is going to be great fun I believe. So far I haven’t heard of the new book, I’m glad to have found your site.It’s great to read a story description of the author himself, I guess you had some work to finish this book. I’ll definitely read it, Thanks

    • Todd Matthews

      February 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks for the awesome words! I haven’t done too much to market Northern Knights just yet due to the book being part of an overall trilogy, the final installment will be released in March. However, there are more books to come than just the original three, as I’ve simply taken larger works and cut them into three smaller ones. Once Book III is released, I’ll be hitting hard on getting the word out. 

  25. These synopses are really interesting and worth to be one of the bests. I am a fan of urban fantasy, so I feel that the story is kinda my thing and written for people who contain tastes like me.

    Thanks for the little teaser.

    • Todd Matthews

      February 27, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you! Yes, anyone who is an urban fantasy fan might find the work enjoyable. There are tons of political messages in it as well, many of them from an anarcho-capitalist standpoint, so my Anacaps will enjoy the work as well. 

  26. This sounds like a great read and I will be getting a copy of Northern Knights for my pleasure. It will be a great marathon reading session for a long weekend for me. I like to read fantasy series and revel in the complete immersion as I do so.

    This is why I will save the session for a long weekend, as I am sure that this is a book that while moving along smartly, will also require some introspection. Actually, that is what I am looking for, so I just want to leave the space and time to enjoy the experience.  

    Thanks for giving us some insights as to what we can expect and you have a best-seller on your hands for sure. Best of luck and keep them coming, there is a lot of people that love this genre of stories! I sure do…

    • Todd Matthews

      March 2, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      Northern Knights will require a long weekend, that’s for sure. It’s a marathon from cover to cover, complete with an entertainment to inform purpose. If you like introspection, this book will have you thinking, I can definitely assure you! 

  27. I think this first book would be a very good read. As a writer myself, I enjoy all types of reading and stories. This one sounds right up my alley in terms of the plot and the series. It appears to have all the elements—drama, intrigue, war, Love… and just the right amount of fantasy—everything a book “should” have! I look forward to checking this book out along with the second book, Swords of Destiny!

    • Todd Matthews

      March 2, 2019 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks, Karin! Yes, you’re 100% accurate when it comes to the elements featured here in the work. Fantasy may be the overall genre, but war, romance, and others you’ve mentioned are more than just sprinkled in. You’ll like this for sure! 

  28. I have been looking for a new and different read from what I have been reading.  I have found that in some genre’s of books, the title is different but the story line (same author) is still very much the same.  This book appeals to me and definitely one I am interested in picking up and reading.  I’ve not read a fantasy novel yet, but this intrigues me!  Thanks for the great review.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 3, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      I do agree that there are different titles and identical storylines. We see this all the time in books and even in TV shows and movies. I’d say what makes Northern Knights and the entire Lord of Columbia Series different is the fact I’ve drawn influences, but at the same time have allowed the Series take on a direction of its own. 

  29. Great website! I like how you have engaged the reader and let them know a bit of the story to excite them into reading the book. It’s like a cliffhanger! The story does seem worth reading. I really liked how you have also focused on the target audience of the book by mentioning who the book would interest as this will allow the readers to feel more connected to the book.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 3, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks! And yes, if you like cliffhangers, you’ll love the Lord of Columbia Series, that much I can definitely guarantee you! I’ve always believed a target audience is key, and that all books and book series have a target audience, but it’s up to us authors to find them. 

  30. First thought on my mind is to bookmark this page. I really love the story line for today. You really did a great job in writing this to educate and inspire your audience. My sister really love reading stories and she’s gonna love this a lot. I am looking forward to read more of your new updates. 

    • Todd Matthews

      March 3, 2019 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks! Tell her the story contains nonstop action with a lot of influence from Harry Potter, especially here in Northern Knights. 

  31. You have done a wonderful job describing this book. I have to admit I am a bit intrigued and I do not usually read this type of book. Like I watched the Twilight Saga, as I could not really get into the author’s style but I enjoyed the story a great deal in movie form. And I felt the same about Harry Potter. 

    This book might offer a different type of read for me, as it will not be filled with warlocks, mystical creatures, and other such characters to wrap my mind around. 

    Instead of the mystical type of fantasy, it will be more of an apocalyptic type of fantasy from what I gather, and that I can get into. 

    Is this available on Amazon Kindle or just a hard copy?

    Thanks for the great review on Northern Knights: Episode 1

    Stacie

    • Todd Matthews

      March 4, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks, Stacie, and I agree with Twilight, as the style wasn’t for me, but Harry Potter was far different. Always a fan! It is a different kind of fantasy in that it lacks mystical creatures to a great extent, but I wouldn’t completely rule them out. And yes, it’s out in hard copy! 

  32. Hi Todd! Thank you for this description. It has encouraged me to read the book. I like what you have described as your influences and also find it interesting you do not go fully right wing nor left wing.

    American revolution is also a topic that has interested me for years. And I’m eager to read your points of view through this creative approach. It’s convenient we can purchase directly at Amazon. Thank you very much.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Very welcome, Henry. Anyone who loves the American Revolution will definitely love the modern-day fantasy twist to it, I can guarantee you. 

  33. Hi Todd.  This certainly sounds like something even the older generation might like to read. I like good fantasy as well as science fiction and some spiritual fantasy novels.

    It’s interesting that you would mention the American Revolution as one of the influences behind this series as that was what I was thinking as I read your review.  It just resonated with the battle of the two ideals that were part of the revolution.

    If for no other reason than the way you reviewed this book,  I would probably enjoy reading it purely from an entertainment point of view.

    All the best,

    Wayne

    • Todd Matthews

      March 11, 2019 at 12:28 am

      Hi, Wayne, while many of my characters are younger, the older generation will like this as well. In fact, a few of my test readers are of the older generation, so it’s a shoo-in there! And yes, you’re going to find the battle between a Socialist/Communist Empire and a budding Anarcho-Capitalist Colony going head to head here. This series definitely isn’t for everyone, but for my AnaCap fans out there, they might just love a good read. 

  34. Oh, this is really good I am a young adult at heart. One of my favorite categories is the young adult sci-fi on Amazon. I’m always looking for a new one to read.

    I have written but not publish a young adult book myself and just reading your description made me realize what’s missing for me is the background of my characters, tying them into the readers’ reality through history and relationships. I am sure if I were to read your series I’d come away fully mystified and wanting more.

  35. Book reviews I remember being graded on in school. I’m not sure I personally got the hang of it, however, I see you are pretty good at it. When I read the other comments related to this review and see you invoked the author to comment not only on your review but also on the many other positive comments, I think you are in the right place for having a successful website. I find that fictional sorcery is a strong element of interest today. I encourage you and anyone else to research the origin and why it has become such a hot topic of interest and why it has such a hold on the masses. I enjoyed this review. Insightful in that you see your audience, yet didn’t in any way make it appear that other age groups would not find the reading interesting.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 11, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks for the awesome words, Ron! Yes, I’ve always wondered why we’re so infatuated with swords and sorcery, myself included. Who knows? Maybe they in reality did exist once upon a time, but we just have yet to unearth the artifacts?

  36. I didn’t know one person could control all five classical elements. So, I can imagine how difficult for Cain. To be gifted has got to be a burden and as we see in the story, it made him stand out and serve as a threat to the protagonist. 

    I like the contemporary feel and the University setting of the plot. 

    Finally, I must not forget to compliment your always top of the notch book cover designs. The book cover design for the book the Lord of Columbia Series, Northern Knights is extremely intriguing. With the spoilers notwithstanding, I like to be spoiled sometimes. 

    • Todd Matthews

      March 13, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      Yep, it is possible to control all five, though many are unable to do so despite the potential. Just like in my latest post, we all have our home element and Cain’s no different, however through time if one puts in the time and effort, learning all five can become a realistic goal. 

  37. Shiloh Griffin

    March 13, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    The way you described this story really was intriguing!  There’s a lot of depth to it and the characters sound so real. I also love the fantasy element of it.  

    When you said that Cain was gifted in controlling the five classical elements, are you referring to that Chinese Philosophy that involves five planets? I don’t know a lot about it but I’ve heard of it. I am very interested to read more and see how you incorporated that. 

    I think your books are going to go really far.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all if your stories were made into a movie!  They sound really awesome!

    • Todd Matthews

      March 13, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Hi, Shiloh. I actually went more of the Greek route here, to the point I even called the five classical elements Stoicheions in the work, giving it a link to the Greek way. I’d love to see a movie be made out of this, and it doesn’t have to be Hollywood…in fact, I’d prefer it not be! But an indie movie would be great. 

  38. I am an avid reader and have many audio & kindle books, but I’m rather old school so I have an actual library of purchased books. I love the feel of a book, even the smell of books, lol. Your book Northern Knights would be something I would read. I will have to bookmark this site to take a look later. I am reading 3 books (Jane Austin, Stephen King, and an audiobook by Delia Owens). Your topic is intriguing; how you are able to write a fantasy pulling from Non-Fiction is a great gift. 

    • Todd Matthews

      March 22, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      Hi, Scole! My purpose has always been to entertain while informing. There is so much bias these days in the mainstream, be it on the right or left, both collectivist politically as well, that the true voiceless, us Libertarians/individualist types, have suffered through decades if not centuries of democratically elected collectivism here in the US.

      Something I noticed is that so many mistake America as a democracy, while the word has never appeared in the Constitution; as we were intended to be a Constitutional Republic based on principles of life, liberty, property as the three basic rights. 

      The issue, though, was no one wants to hear this from an informative perspective, something those I follow such as Ron Paul and Tom Woods have repeatedly stated, but if I could play the entertainment card, the spreading of ideas would become so much easier for many of us to comprehend. 

      Thus, Northern Knights was born. 

  39. This book will be very influential I have to get a copy of it. The fact there’s a group of average people vying for independence over an empire will hold deep messages, especially for those seeking true liberty. My wife loves reading fantasy novels too so I will introduce her to Northern Knights. I haven’t seen her with a novel of urban fantasy before, so she should love this.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 22, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      That’s my goal in the long run, Marshall, is to become an influence within the Libertarian/Anarchocapitalist platforms. There are too few books and book series in such a niche, so it’ll be a refresher if it ever hit mainstream; perhaps a spiritual successor to Ayn Rand’s works in a manner of speaking.

  40. This book has contents that give me a real feel on adventure and struggles of a libertarian and voluntarist fighting the cause of justice for the common benefit of say, the weak.  An uncommon hero who sees a societal ill and wants to fix it not just alone but with persons who share a common interest. However, one can typically catch a feel of dystopia where Cain went through huddles and hardship fighting against the southpoint anti-state doings. In modern urban fantasy, these niches including a utopic feeling, spike up the reader’s interest just like mine. I love this young adult categorisation novel and would like to read in full. Worth time and money.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 22, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Lots of Libertarian and Voluntarist principles are going to work here, I can tell you that! Some Libertarians (we can never agree on anything!) might cry foul and claim it’s not so due to the protagonist sparking conflict, but as Murray Rothbard once stated, the only justifiable war in American History was the American Revolution. I would put the War of 1812 in that bracket plus the Spanish-American War, despite the fact the latter started based on a lie but still fit within the Monroe Doctrine. 

      For anyone who enjoys a blend of urban fantasy plus resistance, at times violent resistance, to an authoritative police state will love this work and series. 

  41. Oh I’m super excited. One of the things my son and I love to do is read books together. He got into these fantasy books and I picked up one of them just to look at it and started reading it and couldn’t put it down. Now when he finishes a book I read it and we really enjoy this as something between us. I can’t wait to share this one. He is a young college student which you say would be the perfect reader based on Cain’s story and walk in life.  Thanks for always providing great information on cool books. 

    • Todd Matthews

      March 24, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Hi, Babsie, always great to hear from you! Yes, he’d be the perfect age for Northern Knights and the entire Lord of Columbia Series, as college kids more than anyone else would enjoy the works, especially since the majority of the main cast are college-aged. 

  42. Shashwat .Prakash

    March 24, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hey Todd

    You have a very gripping story here! A very interesting read of course. I like how Cain has a modern lifestyle at the same time has amazing superpowers, kinda reminds me of Percy Jackson (not comparing the two though!) I would love to read more of it.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 24, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      I can definitely find a relation between Cain’s character and Percy Jackson. His real influence was me from a physical standpoint, with a Baker Mayfield-Dom Toretto type of personality. Other influences played a role in creating Cain, but the above were my primaries. 

  43. Hey Todd!
    Whenever I see your post the theme picture itself is what I enjoy looking at. 🙂 The descriptions you have made about the main character of the story Cain is so adorable. I love adventurous, heroic, fantastic and of course the romantic type of stories. But the sad thing is that I always find boring reading long novels. Is there any film based on this story? I really wanted to go through the story. Well, thanks a lot for sharing.

    Regards,
    Ranao

    • Todd Matthews

      March 24, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Hi, Ranao! No movie yet, but maybe I’ll have something for you in the future! I can relate to the long novel thing; if I’m reading a long one, I have to be drawn in within the first few pages. Northern Knights was almost a really long novel, initially intended to be over 1,000 pages long! 

  44. I just finished reading about the Neo series, and decided to hop over and read about this as well. It sounds, by the plot lines, that the two work together pretty seamlessly. That is very important in a series where people get attached to characters. I alluded to Harry Potter in my previous comment, so I’ll stick to the theme. J.K. Rowling did a wonderful job skipping from Hogwarts to Fantastic Beasts, and I believe this will follow suit. Prequels and sequel series are not always easy, like J.R.R. Tolkien makes it look. I hope these are good as they seem.

    Good luck with your writing and I hope to see more of you.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 31, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks, Tyler! My goal here is to create one huge universe, much like Rowling has done. It’s challenging, as the plot lines and elements do need to stick together, and the more works that are out, the more challenging it is to make everything fit as one. But the time and effort involved make the end product more than worth it. 

  45. A very captivating story.

    Although Cain is a fictional character, I find it easy to relate in my way with his story.

    My best line so far is “even though people may hail from two different worlds within a world, common experiences enable them to stick together.” 

    Our experiences really unite us all.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 31, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Common experiences do. Someone can be brought up in a rich environment, the other a not-so-rich one, but at the end of the day there’s no difference when they have common experiences. To me, it’s amazing when people cross our paths they may otherwise never would have due to shared experience. 

  46. Just to be curious, is the power of elemental control similar to Avatar (Legend of Aang) cartoon series? Is Cain the only protagonist to get this power or his friends also possess similar power? And how much romance element in this series? Thanks for taking the time to answer some of my questions.

    • Todd Matthews

      March 31, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      Yes and no, Al. While I definitely gained inspiration via the Last Airbender, and element bending is key here, I added a fifth element called Spirit and element bending lacks martial arts, instead using more basic methods of body control. Nope, there are multiple people with such ability, but it’s a recessive trait. I’ve always said about 10% of the world possess such ability of any kind, and there are more than just elemental abilities. It’s an increasing rarity. Romance starts small but builds throughout not only Northern Knights, but over the course of the whole series. 

  47. I think this promises to be a very interesting read. I am not a college student but the libertarian and voluntarist ideology seem quote interesting to me, So I am definitely purchasing this Northern Knights Episode 1 and I can bet it’ll be so interesting and I would go all the way to episode all. 

    • Todd Matthews

      March 31, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks! And yes, my purpose is to begin getting Libertarian and Voluntarist thought within the contexts of the mainstream, where it’s usually demonized like one other due to individualist thought and action in a world that for one reason or another, embraces collectivism, which never ends well in any society.

      Some Libertarians may be at odds with the work due to the main character initiating a fight, but I’ve always followed the Rothbardian approach, where Murray Rothbard once stated the only justifiable war in American history was the Revolutionary War. This statement can expand to justify war only, and only in circumstances to ward off a foreign invader, but even in domestic purposes, as the Revolutionary War technically was, when a powerful government initiates force via taxation or any unjust law under the threat of violence or imprisonment.  

  48. Hi Todd, Thank you for writing this awesome review about Northern Knights. I love to read and I’m definitely going to get this book because it’s category and content about action, adventure, sword & sorcery are my favorite. I’m embarking on a four-hour trip next week, I guess you just made it more fun. Thanks for sharing this. 

    • Todd Matthews

      March 31, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Hi, Alex, I can definitely relate. I’m old school, so I still read when it comes to longer trips. 

  49. I will like to commend you for taking out time to really talk about your book. It’s quite interesting, seeing that Cain’s best friend was actually of a female gender which ordinarily, will create a strong bond between the two of them. And definitely that will aid Cain to go through all odds, another interesting thing is that Cain’s best friend, Lira Ross has demons of her own that are actually hidden and I really wait to see what will happen when this part of her will be unfolded 

    • Todd Matthews

      March 31, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      I would say Cain and Lira both have their demons, but there are many other elements here that bring them close to one another. They’re athletes and teammates with an identical sense of drive and commitment. They do differ almost everywhere else, however! 

  50. The first installment of Northern Knights sounds like just the type of escape novel I could use right now. Cain Riscatarre sounds like an alpha male who’s kind of a jerk from your description but his relationship with Lira Ross probably reveals another side of his personality. I have to admit that I’m a sucker for characters with a dark and troubled past. Already I’m wondering if a romance will blossom between the two friends as often happens. Is Episode One the only book published so far or will you be reviewing others in Todd Matthews collection later on?

    • Todd Matthews

      March 31, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      Hi, Lynn. I’ve always thought of Cain as a Gamma male, rather than Alpha, since Gammas tend to reject the status-quo around them, which Cain is notorious for. Like Cain, the Gammas aren’t at the top of the social sphere, but I won’t lie that many may picture Cain as an Alpha. So far, there are two episodes published, with a third in the (very) near future; I wanted to release the third in March, but for precautionary reasons I’m conducting a final edit. I don’t want to call it a review, but more of an extended synopsis. 

  51. I love reading book and I was already carried away by the twists and turns of Cain, his 5 classic elements are these elements of Power and I can see a love twist and the bond of two friends I may not be a College student but such books always do bring a younger spirit in book lovers and I am one great and interest book and will definitely check out Northern Knights.

    • Todd Matthews

      April 5, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks! I think you’ll love the direction this book and entire series takes in fantasy, romance, action, and adventure. It’ll definitely bring out any fantasy fan’s younger spirit. 

  52. If you love fantasy books then this series is for you. Two friends from different backgrounds find their bond to stick together realising that even when they are from different lineage they could still work things out. This book is also suited for those who crave action, utopia, sword and sorcery. Get in and enjoy the action!! 

    • Todd Matthews

      April 5, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks, Peter! And yes, there is a more than diverse cast other than just the two main characters; it’s one that I hope will leave an impression on readers for years to come. 

  53. This is quite interesting fantasy story! This book actually inspired me to begin to read fantasy books. I really love this unique book as each work already has its original framework plotted out, and so the story should fit like a puzzle. I and my wonderful brother are fan of watch Harry Potter and Avatar, so the sense of warfare and using of swords is a sure reason at first to read this book. Although I also love that a book should has a good mix of action and romance. Does this book meet to show some affection?

    • Todd Matthews

      April 5, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      This book definitely does show some affection, most definitely. I think you’ll like it! 

  54. I do read, but usually a lot more on self help and improvement books. I also read books on leadership teaching. Your post have opened my eyes on other areas that I can try. I do enjoy watching the movie on Harry Potter, so I guess your books will be of similar nature. Will check out those books that you have recommended.

  55. Thanks for letting us in on such a wonderful preview on what’s to come. 

    I love both urban and contemporary fantasy, so I will start with Northern Knights and work my way through Swords of Destiny and your future works. 

    I think while I read episode 1, I’ll envision it from writing to action like a movie, especially with the war theme. 

    Hope you don’t mind me asking: how many episodes will it have? 

    • Todd Matthews

      April 27, 2019 at 11:53 pm

      Hi, Jane, I have three episodes out in the whole trilogy and more on the way. Hope you love Northern Knights. 

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