Lord of Columbia Series

The Story of Columbia

Northern Knights, Episode I

Sometimes, an Athlete Must Sacrifice Everything

Cain Riscattare as he appears in Northern Knights.

Cain Riscattare is an arrogant college athlete gifted in controlling the five classical elements when the notorious Southpoint Empire issues a military draft forcing everyone college age to be shipped to basic combat training.

High school and college kids are used as fodder for the Empire when drafted to further colonize foreign lands, but serving the King is considered highest honor.

Cain is having none of the propaganda, and upon a forceful round up of college-aged kids in Columbia, he takes matters into his own hands and sparks an all-brawl with law enforcement.

After interrupting the conscription meeting taking place with the help of his friends, Cain becomes a fugitive and escapes to the one safe haven left in Columbia: Richfield, home of Summit University where a coalition known as the Freedom Flames defend the region from potential Southpoint invaders.

This time, however, Southpoint has other plans as the oppressed Columbians follow Cain’s lead and launch a rebellion.

As war erupts in Columbia, Cain and his friends realize their actions could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

As Southpoint implements total war in the colonies, its a matter of time before they set their sites on Richfield and Summit University.

Cain works with his friends and university leaders to prepare for the unthinkable, a full-scale attack from the most powerful empire the world of Gaia has ever seen.

You can view Northern Knights in further detail by clicking the embedded link to the right of the sidebar and if you’re into urban fantasy, violence, a world with its own unique history, magical systems, and conspiracies, Northern Knights might be up your alley.

26 Comments

  1. This one looks great for my son.  He is an avid reader, and I know the whole rebellion against the man thing would be right up his alley.  He’s never been really rebellious himself, but he definitely would enjoy reading about kids that were, especially against an unjust government lol.  I know this book would probably be one he would finish in a couple of days.  I’m going to recommend it to him.

    • admin

      January 20, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks, Babsie! It’s going to be a full series where I have at least thirteen books planned, and Northern Knights is just the beginning of an epic tale regarding the classic Colony versus Empire tale. We have a lot of action, some magical elements, plus sports, all of which played a role in me writing the book. 

  2. Hey Todd, I just ordered Northern Knights off of Amazon.  Honestly, I do not usually read fiction, but your description intrigued me so I decided to go for it.  Plus, I figured I could bring it to the high school where I work and let the kids take a look.  Looking forward to checking it out!  Or better yet, can’t wait to find out if Cain can overcome the onslaught of the Southpoint Empire!  Something about it reminds me of Hunger Games, but a little more realistic if that makes sense?  

    • admin

      January 20, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      It’s definitely a work of fiction but the allegory stems from real life events, many of which has to do with fighting globalism, a term in later books I call Gaianism. And definitely, I can see high school/college kids falling in love with the work, especially if they enjoyed Harry Potter at a younger age, this is a great Harry Potter-esque kind of work with a young/new adult twist to it. And yes, a few scenes at the beginning of the book (spoiler alert!) were inspired by the Hunger Games. 

  3. Wow that sounds like it could be made into a great movie. I will have to check out the book for now as it sounds like a great read as well. Thanks for putting it out there. What is the time that this story set to? Sorry if I missed that in the info but I didn’t see it. 

    • admin

      January 20, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Hi, Ray, that would be a dream of mine come true, to see this become a movie. I set it in today’s time period, but the world itself (termed Gaia) is in a time period of its own. With the way I describe objects in the book, one will find that it’s in the early-21st century. 

  4. This story seems like a really cool concept. I don’t normally read these kinds of books, but I’m intrigued. I can always get behind a good rebellion story. The scope seems like it can get fairly large, so I wish you well with this series!

    • admin

      February 7, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you, Dereck! There is plenty of rebellion here in Northern Knights. Lots of it, to be exact! If you love the Revolutionary War, you might like this modern-day retelling of it.

  5. Hey Todd,

    Cain looks like a haunting protagonist! The setting of the story is awesome and it promises some really exciting time. I love stories about wars and rebellions so I migt check it out! Would you sell the rights and turn the series into a thrilling TV show or a movie?

    • admin

      February 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      Hi, Asen, Cain’s definitely a tool for the most part. A great guy at heart, he’s a flawed protagonist to say the least. Think of Cain as a Baker Mayfield/Dom Toretto hybrid, and you’ll get an awesome clue of what he’s like. That said, he’ll go out of his way to do the right thing, which makes him a tremendous front man. And yes, this story is a modern-day fantasy allegory of the Revolutionary War. If you love rebellion, this is your place!

      I would sell the rights if approached, but as Sylvester Stallone did when he wrote the screenplay for Rocky, I would have to play Cain, as no one else would be able to play the part with more passion. Stallone made it a stipulation before he sold that he would have to be the one to play Rocky.

  6. Thomas Lawrence

    February 6, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Hey,

    Great post and thanks for sharing.

    I’m not usually a reader of fiction but I think this book sounds excellent. I have a few friends who love these types of stories so I have forwarded this post onto them and recommended that they purchase the book from Amazon.

    Great site also, keep up the good work.

    All the best,

    Tom

    • admin

      February 7, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks, Tom! Anyone interested in urban fantasy with a nice little blend of influences stemming from Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Avatar: The Last Airbender will be a huge fan of this work! There’s also an underlying allegory of a certain NFL rivalry, so I must caution that Steeler Nation will probably not take kindly to the work, but if you know any Cleveland Browns fans, they’ll love it regardless of genre!!

  7. Wow, that little summary sounds great, definitely sounds like something I could really get into reading. I am going to have to definitely give it a look when I have some free time to read. I am intrigued to see how the rest of the world is and other supporting characters. 

    • Thanks, Huy! If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, I think Northern Knights will be something up your alley. It has a little bit of Star Wars in it was well as Avatar: The Last Airbender, just to name a few inspirations. Thanks for reading! 

  8. Hey Todd

    You have an amazing talent, my friend. The story is really gripping and I would love to read more of it. Will keep checking back 🙂

    Cheers

    • admin

      February 15, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks! Definitely check back in the coming weeks, as I’ll be releasing Missing in Columbia, a complete synopsis to come soon as well!

  9. This seems like exactly the kind of fiction that can seem relevant to our everyday lives. I am looking forward to reading this and I have a feeling I will be hooked and anxiously awaiting each new release. Cain will end up being my new hero!!

    • admin

      February 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you, Steve! I feel the same, especially given the fact Northern Knights takes place in a world eerily similar to our own. I think you will be hooked, especially if you were a Harry Potter fan, as Northern Knights’ setting has drawn some comparisons!

  10. Brilliant premise for a YA series. I’m not usually into this genre but I might just check this out.

    Keep up the great work!

    • admin

      March 2, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks, Dawn! Intuition tells me you might just like what’s contained within these pages! Though it’s a work of fiction, we have a lot of real-life allegories, especially from a global conspiracy point-of-view! if you’re into this, Northern Knights is for you!

  11. Your summary on the books makes it seems like Northern Knights could be an interesting book to read. I do like a good fantasy book, especially ones about mythical creatures and element control abilities with lots of action and romance. I have kindle unlimited, and if I like it, I’ll recommend my book reading friends. 

    • Thanks, Shelly. While I must admit Northern Knights lacks mythical creatures, you do have element control ability, action, plus some hints at romance. It’s laden with profanity, though, plus intense violence at times, so definitely keep that concept in mind. 

  12. Thanks for sharing this! While there’s no shortage of young adult novels on the market, it’s always nice to see up and coming titles from more authors to keep the game fresh and add more variety to the genre as a whole. based on the description it’s a nice change of pace from the usual tropes we see in most YA series.

    Keep it up!

    • Hi, Mike, I’ve always considered Lord of Columbia to be closer to New Adult, but there definitely is a gray area where it can be considered either YA or NA. Definitely a change of pace, which was a goal of mine early on. To be proactive and provide something new and original to readers, that’s always been my dream. 

  13. Todd, a silly question regarding Cain’s surname: was it a random choice? Riscattare in Italian means to redeem and I think it was the perfect choice for your hero! If it was a coincidence, I feel the universe wanted you to do so for a reason!

    • admin

      April 5, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Hi, Effie! I did pick Cain’s last name in Northern Knights to be Riscattare for this exact reason!

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