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CK and his friends, Rory, Chloe, Drendel and Rannstein are sent on a mission to the lighthouse on the coast of Corsana. There have been ships disappearing and wreckage washing up on the shore of the city Asic. Goblins have been reported invading the coast after traveling from across the sea. Mayor Abrek has hired CK and company to investigate and find Salty the missing lighthouse keeper. After days of training provided by Mayor Abrek our group is ready for the 3 day ride to the coast and any trouble they may encounter. CK, short for Christopher Knight, a is human and psionic who has the ability of telekinesis. Rory is an elven wizard, she has the ability to cast spells. Chloe is the group’s cleric and healer, they rely on her to keep them healthy after battle. We also have Drendel who is a halfling striker and Rannstein is a dwarven fighter.
The trip to the lighthouse is just the beginning. After a short conversation with Salty they learn that the goblins are sending supplies to the town of Geonish. Many battles and adventures ensue while learning the true reason for the goblin attacks. Every town along the coast is being attacked and raided leaving towns destroyed. Corsana has a bit of a clunky start, there were so many details about the characters being filled it all at once. After a few chapters the story really gets its legs and moves along at a good pace.
I enjoyed the characters, they’re a fun bunch of kids with diverse backgrounds, an overall fun group to follow. Corsana is a good YA Fantasy adventure story. None of the battle scenes are overly violent or too descriptive. The characters are really likable and all they experience personal growth which I think is a necessary component. Near the end there were some odd foes mixed in that I don’t feel matched well with the traditional fantasy creatures/monsters. The ending felt a bit rushed but I was glad that CK finally used his ability in their last battle. Being a psionic was a really cool ability that I would have liked to seen used more. The group finally finds the individual responsible for the attacks on their town and many others including the sinking of the ships which set them all on this path.
Charles Wellington sets up many good side stories with possible adventures for the Phalanx Syndicate. Rory, Chloe and Rannstein to name a few have some interesting personal story-lines to be explored. The story concludes with a nice set up for the second book making for a good series.
Length: 343 Pages
Release date: February 18, 2015
CK―Christopher Knight―has a secret, he’s a psionic; a human with the ability to will things to happen with the power of his mind. And while he has kept to the shadows, Christopher has always dreamt about being a hero. But hanging from the ceiling of a cave being tortured, and getting his face pummeled by an orc, wasn’t part of the dream.
When merchant ships start capsizing off the coast of Corsana, the port city mayor of Asic is forced to put out the call for adventurers to investigate. Seeing his chance at hand, CK leaps into the fire. Thrust into a hodge-podge group of unknown, untested, mercenaries―each with their own agendas for being there―CK must train, trust, and risk everything to become the hero he wants to be.
Before him lies an unknown destiny, but as that destiny begins to reveal itself, and a villain to focus on emerges, the eyes of a powerful presence―far greater than any he could have imagined―will be drawn to him; that is, if he can survive. And in a world teeming with goblins, orcs, giant, and dragons, and danger lurking around every corner, all odds are against him!
Charles Wellington, biography
Corsana – The Phalanx Syndicate is Charles Wellington’s first novel to date. Born in San Diego, California, he moved around for many years throughout Northern California, Oregon, Oklahoma and Nevada until he finally decided to settle down. With over twenty two years of participating in tabletop roleplaying games where he developed all his own original storylines (along with a fully fleshed-out world) and degrees in Art, Fine Arts and General Studies, he finally succumbed to the wishes of his friends and family to put his stories and world into a novel for the world to enjoy. With Corsana – The Phalanx Syndicate now published, he continues the series with plans for at least four books (if not more), which he plans on putting out yearly until finished. He currently resides in the city of Reno, Nevada with his long-time girlfriend and their two sons.