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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Cannon Publishing Group (May 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976629100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976629108
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,581,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elysen [is] the absorbing tale of a young woman against whom fate's harsh hand is tipped. --Annie Charnley Eveland, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 19, 2005

About the Author

Walla Walla author Joe Cooke has won numerous awards for his parenting, food, business and travel articles. His work has appeared in many national, regional and local magazines and newspapers. Elysen is his first novel.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Baker on July 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pat Aichele on July 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Beck on December 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Elysen, the first novel from Joe Cooke, is an extremely promising entrance to the world of fantasy, and an excellent read. I highly recommend this book to any lover of adult fantasy; this is definitely an author to keep an eye on. However, I must admit that Elysen is very much a first novel, and as such has its share of issues.

The book chronicles the story of Elysen (or more accurately, as mentioned in a previous review, what could easily be the first part of her tale). Elysen lives in a world whose past is obscured in myst, and whose future is clouded in predictions of darkness, of the coming of the Shad'ya who will destroy all. Born the daughter of a Lord of Vyr, who is never meant to live, Elysen faces a unique destiny, and one shrouded in darkness.

This is not a light book. Violence, death, and an overarching dark destiny all are integral pieces of this narrative. However, within this tapesty of darkness, Cooke manages to forge many human connections between his characters. While painted with a dark brush, hope shines through in this book in many forms.

The characters in this story are truly what make it worth reading. Although dialogue at times is slightly stilted, the characters all have a depth to them that is not an easy thing to accomplish. It is obvious even with characters who drop into the narrative (and sometimes drop just as quickly out) that Cooke knows who they are, has felt their history, and is willing to load them with all of the baggage of their unseen past.

However, this is not to say that this book does not have some problems, since it is definitely obvious in places that this is a first work that has not completely lost its roughness around the edges.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. JACOBS on June 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cartman on June 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A fresh voice in fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed Elysen - can't wait for the sequel!!!
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