DESTINY'S GAMBIT IS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE VOYAGES OF JAKE FLYNN SERIES.
LOG-LINE: A kid with budding energy powers and a destiny searches distant planets for his missing parents opposed by pirates and an evil cabal determined to control the galaxy.
SYNOPSIS:Twelve-year-old Jake Flynn’s parents vanished when he was a baby. On his twelfth birthday, the mystery of why his parent’s disappeared begins to unravel when 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 the 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 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, 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.
GENRE: In a genre sometimes called Space and Sword, like Star Wars The Voyages of Jake Flynn are written as a mix of classic fantasy and science fiction themes.
AGE APPROPRIATENESS: Middle Grades to adult readers should enjoy the series. School libraries should have no concerns stocking this title regarding appropriate content.
SIMILAR TALES:The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Goonies.