Lord of Columbia Series

The Story of Columbia

The “Spoiler” Prequel to Lord of Columbia: Taking Back Saturday

Young Adult Rebellion, Sports, and Romance (With Some Urban Fantasy)

For those feeling nostalgic about the Original Trilogy, there’s a prequel coming along with Raven’s Flock.

There really isn’t much to scream ‘spoiler’ here other than the fact the prequel I have planned for Lord of Columbia that will be available on all free platforms culminating with the release of Raven’s Flock in 2020 will reveal a little background on how things came about at the beginning of Northern Knights.

While we know Cain and his crew have been friends before Northern Knights, this prequel tells of how Cain and all his friends met, and what made them the Santos Knights shotball team as seen in Northern Knights’s subplot, where a few reviews have actually mentioned this as being a larger part of the books than I anticipated!

The book’s name?

Taking Back Saturday. It’s a nod to the day of the week most major sporting events at Summit University up in Richfield, North Columbia take place. The prototype cover features the familiar orange, brown, and white look, with four friends standing in the bleachers of a shotball (football stadium in the picture) stadium and gazing into the distance, one I’ve named Kettlewell Stadium in honor of the stadium of the same name whose track I use for workouts back home.

From initial drafts and the cover, I like to compare the sporty urban fantasy to a 1980s Coming of Age flick, except of course this one here is a read, namely because you’re going to see, if I can give away one spoiler, a university edition of the many great 1980s movies in one, single book.

Think 1985 [(the Original and the Cover) (The Song, Not the year)]

Okay, it’s time to confuse you all, but please bear with me here.

Did you know Bowling for Soup’s version of 1985 is just a cover of the SR-71 original? The lyrics are slightly different. For instance, SR-71 mentions Fast Times at Ridgemont High whereas Bowling for Soup uses St. Elmo’s Fire. Which by the way, St. Elmo’s Fire is one kickass song!

Just had to point that out.

If I just confused the hell out of you, what I’m getting to is to give you a good idea of what this perma-free work is about. For those who’ve read Lord of Columbia, the dark tales of war and new world order conspiracies are pretty much shunted by the wayside in this little prequel. The Southpoint Empire is mentioned as are their atrocities, but they tend to play only a minor role in the book.

I also like to think of this university-version of 80s flicks as who Cain was before his character arc hits him starting in Northern Knights. In Northern Knights’ book description, Cain’s described as ‘an arrogant college athlete,’ and he is, something the reader will see in this work.

Trust me, I will deliver Cain’s arrogance one-hundred-fold in this regard.

 

What to Expect

The Santos Knights’ athletic logo.

We’ll also see more than just shotball, as Cain is technically a three-sport athlete, competing in dueling (a supernatural ability-possessor’s version of UFC) from December to February, and SpeedCar, (spinoff of NASCAR) from February until the final week of June.

Initially, I wanted to span Northern Knights around the entire school year and place all these sports seasons into it before I realized the book would rival that of a small encyclopedia, so I had to scrap the idea. I literally had the climax of the book written out as occurring in the late spring, early summer as well, but clearly, I had to make adjustments.

So, for readers who like sports, especially fictional sports based on real sports if that makes any sense, it’d be a cool read for them. Again, very little of the actual Series’ plot is mentioned; it’s practically sports driven. However, to get an idea of who Southpoint is, as well as the events that led to the beginning of Northern Knights, this will be a good read so long as you can deal with fictional sports, in a fictional university, in a fictional world.

And yes, I’m aware a lot of 80s movies are loaded with cliques, and one movie that really breaks down such cliques is The Breakfast Club, so if you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out as it’s arguably the greatest 1980s movie ever. I know, there’s a lot of competition here, but still.

So if you’re asking, yes, there’s a clique involved and just because we’re talking about a bunch of jocks doesn’t mean this clique is some snobbish, preppy clique whose parents are all connected with the school, local business, and local government. Quite the opposite: This is a Libertarian-leaning manifesto, people! Despite Cain’s character shortcomings, he’s not that much of a dickhead, so there’s definitely a heart inside that dark soul of his.

 

Teenage (College Rebellion)

While rebellion in a political sense kicks off the events in the actual series, teenage, or college-aged rebellion runs wild here in Taking Back Saturday. Of course, with Cain being the lead in the novel, or any novel for that matter, it’s going to feature rebellion, because Cain and his Dom Toretto-like persona just can’t live without it.

There’s trouble on the horizon for Cain and the crew as he gets into spats with rivals over in Leistung Complex, proves to be a head case for professors, and even goes as far as to cause trouble in the dining halls, namely for his own amusement, becoming a target for the notorious Vince Lloyd on multiple occasions due to the duo’s clashes in personality.

 

What You Will See, or Read

Taking Back Saturday shows the reader how Cain and his crew met and became the Santos Knights.

As implied, it’s going to be sports, sports, and more sports. Lots of sports, covering virtually every single chapter along with trouble, massive trouble. Night walks on campus, dining hall food fights, and picking fistfights and duels are just a few notable events in the work.

Party romance? What the hell would a 1980s-parody shock jock chronicle be without party romance?

Sex? No, and I’ll be upfront with that one; I don’t write erotica and never will.

But on a more serious and invigorating note, it will show how the Santos Knights Shotball Team came about from Day One. While Northern Knights makes its implications, Taking Back Saturday shows it in action from cover to cover.

How did Cain and Lira become good friends? When did Cain and Savannah meet? Was there really a serious tragedy in the family that the Original Trilogy mentions in passing and if so, what was it? A lot of questions I leave for reader speculation in the Trilogy are answered here; again, none directly affect the actual plot; just simply a bonus for the readers.

 

When’s the Release Date?

Taking Back Saturday will be bundled with Raven’s Flock.

I’m actually hoping to release Taking Back Saturday as a freebie with Raven’s Flock, so if you have a Kindle or any kind of e-reader, the book will be linked in the front and back matter where one can then claim on Prolific Works.

For those who order the paperback version, don’t worry, as I’ll tell you exactly how you can claim your freebie copy and download it as a PDF. For those on my email list, you guys will be the first to know about the release and I’ll have the link ready for you at Prolific Works.

So, I hope you all like this bonus novel and again, it won’t answer many questions that are directly related to the Original Trilogy and definitely has nothing to do with the Sequel Trilogy, but it will be a fun, lighthearted read away from the darkness of the actual works themselves.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi! I’m interested in getting both Taking Back Saturday and Raven’s Flock when they’re released. Concerning the Breakfast Club, the characters demonstrate that they are actually more than just stereotypes. And that’s the interesting part of the story, that if you look past the stereotype of any of the characters, they are more complex than what they appear. So, having read that this movie has had some type of influence on Taking Back Saturday, makes me even more eager to read your book! I’ll be waiting ’till it’s released!

    • Todd Matthews

      July 24, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks, Henry. Yes, I’m looking for a January-February 2020 release. As I write this I’m actually going through another round of editing for Raven’s Flock, and everything looks good over the first two chapters in terms of grammar, voice, plot, etc. And yep, you’re on the right track. When we look into my characters from a distance, they may fit certain stereotypes, but once we get to know them, we’ll find that such stereotypes are just that; stereotypes. 

  2. john michael adkins

    July 26, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Hi!

    Thank you for a perfect article, well written and beautiful pictures to pull it all together. I use to read nothing but fantasy books when I was younger, but growing up took that away. I use to get so excited when I saw a dragon on the cover of a book. I think the last fantasy series I read in full was the Harry Potter series. 

    You did such a great job I shared your article on all my social media outlets, and I subscribed to my email address. Oh, just one more thing, I love the way fantasy book covers are always a piece of art, they always look so alive. I am a visual person, and your visuals were top-notch!

    Thanks again!

    Cheers, and take care of yourself!

    John

    • Todd Matthews

      July 31, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks John, and I hope you enjoy the works! I give away a good deal of freebies so readers can ‘test’ my writing style so I think you’ll like it! 

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