Destiny's Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn) (Volume 1)
RJ Wood, author
Jake Flynn’s parents disappeared when he was a baby. On his twelfth birthday, the mystery of why his parents left 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 energy from the talisman knits sails and ropes for it. 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 lead 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 is a rare channeler that can control ships and that he is central to stopping the cabalist 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 some truths about his destiny, realize that family can transcend blood-lines, and understand that his own needs are sometimes less important than those of others.