"Elysen is a powerful tale of a young woman born as a warrior into a culture where her presence is forbidden. In a haunting, futuristic and yet barbaric world, Elysen's only protectors are killed and she is accused of their murder by a grasping, power hungry cousin who first brutalizes her then hunts her.
With aid from a strong, believable cast of supporting characters, Elysen escapes--pregnant, confused,questioning everything she was taught and her role in the world. Traveling beyond the borders of exhaustion and belief, Elysen encounters both evil and good, and takes power from both.
Although Elysen has a satisfying conclusion, the story is obviously poised to continue, leaving the reader eager for the next volume."
--M. Baker Now available on Kindle!
"I just finished reading ELYSEN by Joe Cooke. He is a marvelous writer and writes a captivating and enticing book. Joe writes for the UB in our town for short articles and such. Joe's articles are always insightful, thoughtful, and full of meaning. I highly recommend this book, as it is a compelling novel of a young girl who achieves so much although life is against her. Life is like this, and to read about people, fictional or not, that can achieve, exceed, and overcome life's obstacles is a must read. Without a doubt you need to buy, try, and read Joe Cooke's novel. I really couldn't put it down!"
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL READ!!! "Elysen grabbed me on page one , held me tightly until the final page and then sent me forth to find more of the story in volume two - perhaps even volume three. I can't wait!"