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Out of Crystal Ice: Book 1 of Ice King: The Last Messiah Paperback – July 27, 2014
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About the Author
P.J. Wetzel was born in central Wisconsin on a windy Friday but grew up in the east, on White Clay Creek near the infamous Delaware Wedge. This is where his love of nature blossomed - special emphasis on the wild caprices of the weather. He chose Penn State for an undergraduate schooling in Meteorology then Colorado State for graduate studies. The Colorado Rockies became his home. He purchased mountaintop land with a 100 mile view and built a home on it with his bare hands while living in a $75 tar paper shack. But the call of the east never faded. On graduating he moved to Maryland where he spent 25 years working for NASA developing computer models that would help decipher the complex interplay of the earth with its weather and climate. There he built a second home with his bare hands and raised a family. P.J. Wetzel has been writing fiction and poetry since he was a child. His poetry and first novel have both won awards. Today he calls coastal North Carolina home and he divides his time between the serious pursuit of hiking (He hiked the entire Appalachian Trail twice in 2012) and the equally serious pursuit of writing a six-volume epic Fantasy/Sci-Fi tale entitled 'Ice King: The Last Messiah.' You can catch him blogging about hiking, writing and nature at www.pjwetzel.com
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From the outset, Wetzel demonstrates his mastery of language and storytelling. The ambitious tale unfolds as smoothly as the ice of Saskatoone, and brings the reader into a landscape rich with imagery and painstaking detail. One can only marvel at Wetzel’s literary abilities as he constructs a world of people and places, and conjures up an entire philosophical system within which the story is encased. With its panoply of gods, its fascinating species of creatures, and the series of complex ideas that underlie this fantasy world, the reader is treated to a story that is truly epic in scope.
Strong characterization, lush imagery, and fast-paced plotting are only some of the treats in store for the reader. Oh, and did I mention that Wetzel is a poet? Each chapter is preceded by a lyrical epigram deftly capturing the essence and rhythm of the pages that follow.
Out of Crystal Ice is not a tale slapped together and thrust out into the world with little forethought. It is a story that has evolved over time, much like the world that Wetzel depicts. I am not a reader of fantasy per se, but even I can appreciate the wondrous elements that will most certainly appeal to avid readers of Tolkien, Eddings, and Martin. I eagerly await the next installment of this page-turning, satisfying saga. Indeed, anyone who loves language and a tale expertly told will enjoy this remarkable debut from the mind of an exciting new storyteller.
--Matthew Peters, author of The Brothers’ Keepers and Conversations Among Ruins
Gale and his friend, Perfid Ray, have to battle tribes of violent (yet erotic) nomads, herds of monstrous humanoid beasts, and an environment as hostile as the center of the Arctic Circle. The events that have happened to our world more than 600,000 years in our future originated with a massive volcanic eruption on an island in Indonesia. This disaster led to a new ice age and to the loss of most of humanity. Mankind has evolved into six different species who battle and often eat each other in their competition for survival: Ozyumps, Yeti, Voods, Sky Children, Irula, and humans. Adam is one of the humans and is also the Seventh Shepherd predicted in the Book of Micah 5:5. This hard world, although limited in its technology, is closer to the creator than it was before the disaster.
Wetzel's magnificent descriptions of the world of his novel show it can be as beautiful as it is dangerous.
The sun prickled through the restless air: a thin gusty wind tugged at their hair. A low layer of gray-brown haze obscured the horizon, concealing any view of the Sinking River valley. Chinook had roused the dust and grit off the plain. But above the haze, the view waxed magnificent. Fingers of shredded cloud clung to great lofty peaks: a rank of spires that elbowed one another from south around to southwest. These grand summits shone in all the glory of this bright day, festooned in a patchwork light and dark--of ragged granite and shimmering snow, of sun and shifting shade of cloud.
Out of Crystal Ice is a wonderful novel for readers who enjoy dystopian fiction with a spiritual side. It is Book One of Wetzel's series entitled - Ice King: The Last Messiah.
Steve Lindahl - author of Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions
Adam begins as a lowly scavenger tunneling his way through the ice fields of Canada some 600,000 years in the future. He searches, for weeks on end, for grains of wheat or small animals flash frozen during the Cleansing. His is a bleak existence with the promise of only more scavenging to stave off the constant hunger he, his family and his entire village experience in the desolate, cliff-lined hamlet of Saskatoon.
The arrival of a mysterious traveler launches this lowly scavenger on an epic, courageous journey across the barren ice of Western Canada, past the geysers of Yellowstone, through the glacial formations now dotting the Rocky Mountains and into the fulfillment of the prophesies. It's a fast-paced action-adventure story that grabs you from the beginning and joyfully pulls you along for a rollicking rollercoaster ride, or in this case a flume ride. Wetzel effectively interrupts the action just long enough to develop his characters and expound upon the philosophy and lore of the people now inhabiting this future world, and he does so with a descriptive eloquence reminiscent of literary fiction.
My only complaint is that, as the first of six books, there is no closure. Alas, all I can do is wait for the next installment...and I do so impatiently. Please hurry!
Patrick S. Lafferty - author of Anno Domina and Commuters