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“You will find your answers someday but you have to live your life in order to get them. You have o follow your heart and trust your instinct. “

“Don’t lock yourself in a box just because some person tells you that’s where you belong. Keep your eyes, ears, and mind open, for you never know what’s just around the corner.”

“Trust those who ask nothing from you, for they love you for who you are.”

 

– Destiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn Book 1) by  R.J. Wood 


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Destiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn #1) by R.J. Wood

 

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Published: January 24th 2015

Publisher: HeroicTales.com

Read Date: March 24th 2018

Category: Middle Grade/ Young Adult / Science-fiction / Fantasy / Steampunk

Pages: 224

Stars: 4.5/5

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Goodreads blurb_edited

Jake Flynn’s parents disappeared when he was a baby. On his twelfth birthday, the mystery of why his parents disappeared begins to unravel when he discovers a glowing talisman with a message from his father.

Jake is directed to a derelict sailboat in a field. He watches in awe as the talisman knits ropes and sails for it out of golden energy. Awash in light, the boat sails up into space, and the voyages of Jake Flynn begin.

During the quest to find his parents, Jake encounters space pirates in tall sailing ships, channelers that can wield energy like magic, and evil cabalists led by a sinister snake-woman. Assisted by a young healer and her aged protector, a spirited cabin girl, and a salty space captain, Jake learns that he too can channel, and that he is central to stopping the cabalists from resurrecting a long-dead evil.

Puzzles, a pirate asteroid, walking the plank, fantastic magic, traps, treasure caves, multiple planets and great ship battles – Jake must experience them all on this epic sword and space adventure.

By the end, Jake will discover the truth about his destiny, realize that family can transcend blood lines, and understand that his own needs are sometimes less important than those of others.


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Destiny’s Gambit is science-fiction fantasy steampunk novel that take place in outer space. It’s a story about 12-year-old Jake who was searching for answers about his parents who disappeared when he was too young. The story is about good vs bad, friendship, growing up and taking responsibility, accepting destiny and never giving up hope. This book adventurous involving Magis, pirates, ship battles and puzzles set by Jake’s parents and lot of space surfing.

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Jake Flynn had fascination for ships and loved everything about them and so was a great captain when he sailed on the voyage of finding his parents. He never came to terms with his parents disappearance, he had lot of questions about them but no answers from his grandma or uncle. When he received a mysterious signal and then locket with a message from his father he left to find them to unknown world occupied by pirates and different species. I liked the way his turmoil was showed in the book with all emotions. His fears, courage and conscience was presented realistically. I liked his gradual development and the way he took decision and accepted fate.

Starla– I liked this calm nonviolence natured life Magi. Her wisdom in the book were inspiring for both characters and readers of the book. She was very supportive to Jake and I liked the way she handled tantrums of Jehn.

Jehn had seen lot worse in slavery of pirates. She was short tempered and had some problems with Starla. She was smart and had a good survival instinct.

Otto, the old Magi and captain Goldbar both were good fighter and likable characters.

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World, planets, and descriptions of the places was unique, detailed, and structured creatively with all logics and justifications that a middle grade/young adult readers can easily understand. The voyage, floating of ship, magic and powers, looks of different species were imaginative. The book gave the feeling of Chronicles of Narnia. This was just the first book of the series so there was sufficient overview of the world and I have feeling as the series will progress there will be more to know about this world.

Book was third person narrative. I liked the view point of main character and voice of all other characters, they acted according their age and role which made characters reasonable. They all had their story. Oh I wish there was more mention of Jack’s grandma, she was wonderful lady.

There was right amount of suspense, adventure, and thrill with many unpredictable twists and turns. Most of the time I couldn’t guess characters’ next step. I specifically loved the explanation of characters’ power, their skills and magic in the book.

Climax was full of riddles, exploration, revelations and tense gripping battles. End was great with new friends, responsibility, and purpose; with development of characters and cliffhanger. I wonder what the mystery of Jack’s parents and powers was, where his ship will head next, and what kind of enemies are waiting out there in his next voyage. I would love to continue this series.

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Can’t exactly point out any negativity in book but it felt like there was something missing or I wanted something more. As it is first book in the series and I have many questions regarding world and mystery so I’m holding back the full rating for next books of the series.

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Overall, Destiny’s Gambit was fast paced, enjoyable adventurous sci-fi with creative world and smooth writing that all young reader would love to explore.


You can find Destiny’s Gambit on Goodreads

You can buy Destiny’s Gambit here:
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– Barnes & Noble
– Kobo
– Smashwords

R.J. WoodAbout the Author:

R. J. Wood has been creating stories and adventures for others since 1979. A bard at heart, he trained in Drama (BA) and History (MA) while at university. He currently lives near Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State with his wife and children. There he does a little fishing, some adventuring, and of course, his writing.

Like everyone of my generation and beyond I have been heavily influenced by film. I like to think of my books as movies in my mind. I developed my creative writing through fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal RPGs. My degree in drama helps me with story, characters, and especially dialogue. Having an advanced history degree is excellent for plots and characters, but it also helps me with world building.

You can find and contact R.J. Wood here:
– Website
– Facebook
– Twitter
– Goodreads
– Amazon
– Instagram

*** Note: I received review copy of this book as a part of blitz tour organized by  Lola’s Blog Tours. Many thanks to author and Lola for giving me a chance to read the book. ***

What do you think about the book and my review? Have you read this book already? Have you read something similar to this before? Share your thoughts in comment-box below.

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (22)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.


Hey Book Lovers! I’m so excited to leave for vacation tomorrow. We are going to Kerala for 5 days. I’ll return on 25th. Well, I don’t have any tours or blitz scheduled this week so I’m not taking my laptop with me. If required I will write post through mobile but most probably I won’t do that, but I’ll be around and will try to not miss any post. I’m taking my kindle with me so I’ll be reading whenever I get time.

Last week in reading was good. I read and reviewed-

Happiness Is Chosen Wisely: 3300 Axioms of Self-Evident Truths by Byer

Saturday Short-Story Review: Greek Mythology: Beyond Mount Olympus by in60Learning

What Matters Most by Helen Bea Kirk


 

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Destiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn Book 1) by R.J. Wood

destinys-gambitA resourceful boy takes a glowing sailboat across the stars to search for his long-missing parents and becomes the target of pirates and an evil cabal with a sinister agenda. 

Twelve-year-old Jake Flynn’s parents disappeared when he was a baby. On his twelfth birthday, the mystery of why his parent’s disappeared begins to unravel for he discovers a glowing talisman with a message from his father. 

Jake is directed to a derelict sailboat, and he watches in awe as the talisman magically knits ropes and sails for it out of golden energy. Awash in light, the boat sails up into space, and the voyages of Jake Flynn begin. 

During his quest to find his parents, Jake will encounter space pirates in tall sailing ships, channelers that can wield energy like magic, and evil cabalists led by a sinister snake-woman. Assisted by a young healer and her aged protector, a spirited cabin girl and salty space captain, Jake learns that he can too channel, and that he is central to stopping the cabalists from resurrecting a long-dead evil. 
Puzzles, a pirate asteroid, walking the plank, fantastic magic, trapped treasure caves, multiple planets, and great ship battles – Jake must experience them all on this epic adventure. By the end, he will discover the truth of his destiny, understand that family transcends blood lines, and find that his own needs are sometimes less important than those of others. 

Like other popular fantasy series, The Voyages of Jake Flynn: Destiny’s Gambit can appeal to the young and old alike. 


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Deadly Spirits by E.Michael Helms

31146881When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit.

Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.


What are you reading this week? How was your last week? Have you read any of these books before or planning to read in future? What do you think about them?? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below.

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#CoverReveal #Giveaway: Beyond the Moon by R.J. Wood @lolasblogtours

Cover Reveal

Today is the cover reveal for Beyond the Moon by R.J. Wood! This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Beyond the Moon (The Voyages of Jake Flynn #2) by R.J. Wood

Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ Sword and Space/ Space Fantasy

Age category: Middle Grade/ Young Adult

Release Date: 2018

Blurb:

Beyond the Moon picks up after the battle above the ice planet Nystal, where Earth-kid Jake Flynn and crew have recently escaped from the Crimson Cabal. Their voyages continue on the other side of the galaxy where magic has displaced technology and monsters are real. Jake continues to grow in his new abilities to channel energy and fly tall wooden ships in space, but struggles with having been named the Justicar, a prophesied champion of the light. Pushing forward, he sets course for new planets in search of allies who will stand with him and help stop the cabal from resurrecting a long dead queen. To succeed, Jake must learn more about channeling and how to balance his new and unwelcome responsibilities with the continued search for his missing parents and a way home to Earth.

Aided and mentored by the young Life Magian, Starla Silvertree, her aged protector, Ottomeyer Riversend, and assisted by veteran sailors Jehnna Marik and Captain Billy Goldbar, Jake must make heavyweight decisions with deadly consequences.

Unicorns, ghost ships, pirates, space battles, magi wielding lightning and fire, dinosaurs, and a Valkyrie – Jake must face them all in this epic sword and space adventure. By the end, Jake will take another step toward adulthood, discover truths about his parents’ fate, suffer the death of a comrade, and muster the courage to charge into a final showdown with the terrifying snake-woman, Celia Sable.

Check out Destiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn #1)!

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A resourceful boy takes a glowing sailboat across the stars to search for his long-missing parents and becomes the target of pirates and an evil cabal with a sinister agenda.

You can buy Destiny’s Gambit here:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Smashwords


R.J. WoodAbout the Author:

R. J. Wood has been creating stories and adventures for others since 1979. A bard at heart, he trained in Drama (BA) and History (MA) while at university. He currently lives near Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State with his wife and children. There he does a little fishing, some adventuring, and of course, his writing.

Like everyone of my generation and beyond I have been heavily influenced by film. I like to think of my books as movies in my mind. I developed my creative writing through fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal RPGs. My degree in drama helps me with story, characters, and especially dialogue. Having an advanced history degree is excellent for plots and characters, but it also helps me with world building.

You can find and contact R.J. Wood here:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Amazon
Instagram

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There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Beyond the Moon. One winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift card.

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Now the cover…..

 

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#BookBlitz #Giveaway: Destiny’s Gambit by R.J. Wood @lolasblogtours

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Destiny’s Gambit by R.J. Wood. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 5 till 11 February. See the tour schedule here.

Destiny's GambitDestiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn #1)
By R.J. Wood

Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ Sword and Space/ Space Fantasy
Age category: Middle Grade/ Young Adult
Release Date: January 24, 2015

Blurb:

Jake Flynn’s parents disappeared when he was a baby. On his twelfth birthday, the mystery of why his parents disappeared begins to unravel when he discovers a glowing talisman with a message from his father.

Jake is directed to a derelict sailboat in a field. He watches in awe as the talisman knits ropes and sails for it out of golden energy. Awash in light, the boat sails up into space, and the voyages of Jake Flynn begin.

During the quest to find his parents, Jake encounters space pirates in tall sailing ships, channelers that can wield energy like magic, and evil cabalists led by a sinister snake-woman. Assisted by a young healer and her aged protector, a spirited cabin girl, and a salty space captain, Jake learns that he too can channel, and that he is central to stopping the cabalists from resurrecting a long-dead evil.

Puzzles, a pirate asteroid, walking the plank, fantastic magic, traps, treasure caves, multiple planets and great ship battles – Jake must experience them all on this epic sword and space adventure.

By the end, Jake will discover the truth about his destiny, realize that family can transcend blood lines, and understand that his own needs are sometimes less important than those of others.

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Goldbar scratched his neck concerned. “Robbing the living be one thing,” he said, “but this be a tomb, we should not be stealing from the dead. It be very bad luck indeed.”

“We are not stealing from anyone,” Starla said as she knelt to look at the bottom of the rock, “what Jake needs was left here for him by his father.”

Goldbar narrowed his eyes and gnashed his teeth a few times, his nose working up and down, unconvinced. “Well, we should not be disturbing the dead either,” he said.

“I am afraid we have little choice if we wish to proceed on this quest,” Otto said.

“It won’t matter either way if we don’t figure out a way to move this stone,” Jake said. He turned to Otto, “I don’t suppose you could melt it?” Otto frowned.

“I suppose I could try, but the molten rock might ooze down and damage the items you seek, not to mention the time it will take to heat this type of rock to the point of melting.”

“Longer than we be having,” Goldbar said, “and the heat would drive us all from this here cave.”

“How did your father do it?” Jehn wondered.

“Well, he was a Corsair, he probably used gravity somehow. I think he had crewman with him too.”

“What about leverage?” Starla offered. “We could place something over a smaller stone and use it to shift the boulder.”

“There be not a piece of metal or lumber on this planet that we could use to shift that there stone,” Goldbar said. “No, there be only one way into this tomb and if it has to be done, ol’ Billy Goldbar must be the one to do it.”

The Durian approached the boulder and for a moment Jake thought he was going to try and push it by himself, but instead he placed his furry hands flat on the surface and rested his head between them. Shutting his eyes, he began to make a strange guttural sound similar to a humming growl. He continued this drone for some time pausing only to breathe. It grew louder and Jake felt the hairs on the back of his neck raise. Louder still and Jake realized the sound was now a resonance building inside the boulder. The gigantic rock began to vibrate. Then sand began to appear where Goldbar’s hands were placed along with hundreds of tiny sparks. He pushed forward, and his hands sank into the stone, more sand falling all around his feet.

“That’s incredible,” Jake said and looked at Starla. She came closer to him to speak softly.

“It seems our good captain is no ordinary Durian,” she said, “but a Flintsinger, a shaper of rock and stone. It’s an ancient discipline known only to them. It’s not done by channeling per say, instead they use the Creator’s energy stored within the rock, and transform it to smaller fragments; sand in this case. He could reshape the rock, but it would take much longer.”

As they watched, Goldbar carved his way through the center of the boulder forming a crude doorway with his hands. Then he pushed through at the bottom and the sand began falling into some kind of hole below. He worked until the opening was large enough for him to step down into. Then the sound stopped and he popped back out, covered with dust and sand from head to toe.

“There be some kind of passage below, alright,” he said as he brushed himself off.

“Captain, that was amazing,” Jake said.

Goldbar worked the sand out of his fur and his mouth curled into a smile. “Don’t be thanking me yet,” he said. “It still be a tomb. There could be an angry ghost waiting for you.”

Jake smiled. “I’ll be careful,” he said and moved to the opening. Goldbar caught his shoulder.

“I’m serious. Dead captains don’t be liking their treasures to be touched. Don’t say ol’ Billy didn’t warn you.”


You can find Destiny’s Gambit on Goodreads

You can buy Destiny’s Gambit here:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Smashwords

R.J. WoodAbout the Author:

R. J. Wood has been creating stories and adventures for others since 1979. A bard at heart, he trained in Drama (BA) and History (MA) while at university. He currently lives near Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State with his wife and children. There he does a little fishing, some adventuring, and of course, his writing.

Like everyone of my generation and beyond I have been heavily influenced by film. I like to think of my books as movies in my mind. I developed my creative writing through fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal RPGs. My degree in drama helps me with story, characters, and especially dialogue. Having an advanced history degree is excellent for plots and characters, but it also helps me with world building.

You can find and contact R.J. Wood here:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Amazon
Instagram

Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Destiny’s Gambit. One winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift card.

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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