genre: sci-fi/fantasy, YA
..."Ideal for teens of all ages, [Noku's Invaders: ] The Rasken explores gender roles and personal identity throughout a plot that moves along quickly...
Maxwell has delivered an enjoyable story, with a rich setting that sets the stage for further books in the series."
-ForeWord Clarion Review
Abandoned on a hostile planet over a thousand years ago, colonizers from Earth, with limited technological resources, were forced into a primitive existence centered along the Noku River. Margole, a young girl who is about to come of age, falls in love with a hunter from a mysterious clan, which is forbidden. She gets into even more trouble when she discovers an ancient relic that puts her in direct competition with the most powerful chieftess on planet Hera, her Aunt Hilde. Unable to produce an heir, Hilde's power is diminishing and her status is uncertain. In a desperate attempt to regain her lost power, Hilde is about to unleash an ancient force that will destroy all of Hera... and Margole is the only one who stands in her way.
Noku's Invaders: The Rasken is a highly imaginative and scientifically meticulous tale of a complex, fascinating world where long forgotten colonists have developed unique, gender-based clans to survive the harsh environment of planet Hera. Forever one disaster away from extinction, this epic adventure is full of compelling action and has an intensity that will leave you eagerly awaiting part two of this extraordinary series.