Our Final Edits of Taking Back Saturday and Raven’s Flock

Yes, we’re off to our final edits concerning both Raven’s Flock and Taking Back Saturday, both of which will be released simultaneously on Leap Day 2020 and man, I cannot wait to kick off Trilogy II in Lord of Columbia while releasing a long-awaited prequel to Northern Knights which is Taking Back Saturday, available for free as a bonus to EVERYONE who joins my email list.

So, what should you expect from the two works?

First off, Taking Back Saturday provides an action-packed backstory to how my main characters met, as well as fleshing out the stories of a few minor characters in the actual series itself – most notably Bella Raze and Siros Malloy, as well as the origins of the rivalry between Cain and the Simmons family, as well as information as to how Cain and the others met Scotty Volt and company.

Taking Back Saturday is intended to be a lighthearted work that still contains the edginess and attitude of my main characters from the canon series, however the plotline is far different from what one has seen or will see in the actual Lord of Columbia Series itself.

This work is mainly sports-related and is shows off four seasons worth of shotball games, as well as some dueling and speed car racing, which while I intended to show more sports in Northern Knights as a subplot, was unable to in interest of word count. So, Taking Back Saturday documents much of what one would’ve seen in Northern Knights.

Also, you’ll find how Cain and the crew lived life during the summer months in between terms up at Summit University. You’ll also find out exactly how the Kent Airport secretly landed under control of Randelo Jefferson and his Freedom Flames, and how the airliners manage to smuggle kids to and from North Columbia each term.

I also sort of like to think of it as Lord of Columbia’s version of ‘Seinfeld,’ so that alone should show you that about 90% of the book, if not more, contains hordes of humor.

Finally, with Raven’s Flock, we return to the actual series itself and while the work kicks off Trilogy II, characters, elements, and plot lines from Trilogy I do carry over. You will see an expansion of main characters and POVs – it’ll be the first work that doesn’t just feature Cain as the POV character and at the same time, splits duties as the main character.

But in Raven’s Flock, you will find a lot, and I mean a lot, of expansion in the plot elements, including the history of Columbia and of Gaia over the long gap between the original timeline and the second trilogy’s timeline. You will also see how the World of Spirit operates and how one can even enter a mortal/immortal state simultaneously.

You will discover the origins of the mysterious Suuruus and a primary antagonist that appeared in Trilogy I.

If there’s one major clue I can give you about Raven’s Flock, it’s the fact that its plotlines open to new ideas, realms, and even realities. Pandora’s Box literally opens tenfold in this novel, which as I’ve stressed in the past explains why it was so hard for me to write the work. It’s one of those books where you have to quadruple check your plot to ensure everything is in line, especially since this series will link to a new series I’m working on as well.

The plot is complex and provides twists and turns across nearly 70,000 words of text. I can guarantee you this – Raven’s Flock will be a page-turner for anyone who loves deep, plot-based work that spans over the course of millenniums.

As for Raven’s Flock itself, I’ve always called it an adult version of Prince Caspian, one of the primary influences behind the work.

When comparing Taking Back Saturday, I like to think of it as an urban fantasy version of your coming of age flicks. There’s humor at every turn, a few serious moments, and the work even shows that an arrogant soul like Cain is capable of showing compassion toward everyone he considers a friend – and a villain to everyone he considers an enemy.

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