Book Author  Steph Matuku
Rights Available World excl. NZ

Farah of Untwa joins a school for training fighters, strategic thinkers and military personnel. It means she escapes her domineering mother and the tedious duties that come with being from a Ngāti in the upper echelons of society. But at the school, Farah, an intuitive, is teamed up with fighter Lase, a boy from a lower Ngāti. Farah’s condescension and disturbing hallucinations and Lase’s resentment test their partnership. But just when they finally seem to be working well together, the school is attacked by other-worldly forces. Farah and Lase must use their skills to fight the alien invaders and save their people from obliteration.

About the Author
Steph Matuku (Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Te Āti Awa) writes picture books, junior fiction and young adult novels as well as writing for stage and screen. Her young adult novels Flight of the Fantail and Falling into Rarohenga and junior novel Whetū Toa and the Magician were Storylines Notable Books. Whetū Toa and the Magician was also shortlisted in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2019. Her picture book The Eight Gifts of Te Wheke was shortlisted in the Booklovers Children’s Book Awards 2022 and in the picture book and illustration categories of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2022.


Huia Publishers


138 mm x 210 mm



Young Adult

Age range
13-16 years

Publication Date
May 2024

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Eboni Waitere

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