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635,039 A.D. The primitive Homo sapiens ‘bowlheads’ are just a bad memory. Their remnants have split into six species, only one of which chooses to call themselves human. Like the wolf and the eagle, these new humans have learned to live sustainably with the planet. But trouble is brewing. The rival species are advancing, hell-bent on eradicating the last of the humans. Adam 635,039 A.D. The primitive Homo sapiens ‘bowlheads’ are just a bad memory. Their remnants have split into six species, only one of which chooses to call themselves human. Like the wolf and the eagle, these new humans have learned to live sustainably with the planet. But trouble is brewing. The rival species are advancing, hell-bent on eradicating the last of the humans. Adam Windreath Gale is a Scavenger from a village lost in the glaciers of a new ice age. He has the gift of speaking with the Gods, but he despises it. Only his handicapped sister Lissa can control the voices that threaten to drive him insane. The Gods command Adam to arise. Their charge: become man’s final messiah, prevent certain extinction, and usher in the eternal order. But how? Why should he listen? Adam has no desire, no leadership ability, no training...


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635,039 A.D. The primitive Homo sapiens ‘bowlheads’ are just a bad memory. Their remnants have split into six species, only one of which chooses to call themselves human. Like the wolf and the eagle, these new humans have learned to live sustainably with the planet. But trouble is brewing. The rival species are advancing, hell-bent on eradicating the last of the humans. Adam 635,039 A.D. The primitive Homo sapiens ‘bowlheads’ are just a bad memory. Their remnants have split into six species, only one of which chooses to call themselves human. Like the wolf and the eagle, these new humans have learned to live sustainably with the planet. But trouble is brewing. The rival species are advancing, hell-bent on eradicating the last of the humans. Adam Windreath Gale is a Scavenger from a village lost in the glaciers of a new ice age. He has the gift of speaking with the Gods, but he despises it. Only his handicapped sister Lissa can control the voices that threaten to drive him insane. The Gods command Adam to arise. Their charge: become man’s final messiah, prevent certain extinction, and usher in the eternal order. But how? Why should he listen? Adam has no desire, no leadership ability, no training...

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Peters

    Out of Crystal Ice is the first of six volumes in P.J. Wetzel’s fantasy series, Ice King: The Last Messiah. Beginning in the year 634,751 Out of Crystal Ice is the tale of a world destroyed by the now extinct Homo sapiens, and the struggle to ensure the continuance of the planet and survival of the remaining species. The fate of the world rests on an unlikely hero, a tunnel-digging youth of Saskatoone, named Adam Windreath Gale, from a class of Homo phronensis known as Scavengers. Gale embarks o Out of Crystal Ice is the first of six volumes in P.J. Wetzel’s fantasy series, Ice King: The Last Messiah. Beginning in the year 634,751 Out of Crystal Ice is the tale of a world destroyed by the now extinct Homo sapiens, and the struggle to ensure the continuance of the planet and survival of the remaining species. The fate of the world rests on an unlikely hero, a tunnel-digging youth of Saskatoone, named Adam Windreath Gale, from a class of Homo phronensis known as Scavengers. Gale embarks on a quest to save his family and the planet from the clutches of total evil that threaten to destroy them. 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

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve Lindahl

    The spectacular frozen world created by author P.J. Wetzel in Out of Crystal Ice hurls one dangerous adventure after another at its readers as Adam Windreath Gale, the chosen one, follows the man who has kidnapped his mother and along the way finds his destiny. 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 th The spectacular frozen world created by author P.J. Wetzel in Out of Crystal Ice hurls one dangerous adventure after another at its readers as Adam Windreath Gale, the chosen one, follows the man who has kidnapped his mother and along the way finds his destiny. 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

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Lafferty

    Adam Gale stands poised to take on his role as The Chosen One, the Seventh Shepherd, the temporal assistance needed by the spiritual creator of all things—Strongmother Dalle—to fulfill her grand plans, whatever they might be. And so ends Out of Crystal Ice, the first book of Ice King: The Last Messiah by P.J. Wetzel. It is an intriguing tale of a reluctant hero, chosen by the spirits of his past, destined to deliver Homo Phronensis from extinction. Adam begins as a lowly scavenger tunneling his Adam Gale stands poised to take on his role as The Chosen One, the Seventh Shepherd, the temporal assistance needed by the spiritual creator of all things—Strongmother Dalle—to fulfill her grand plans, whatever they might be. And so ends Out of Crystal Ice, the first book of Ice King: The Last Messiah by P.J. Wetzel. It is an intriguing tale of a reluctant hero, chosen by the spirits of his past, destined to deliver Homo Phronensis from extinction. 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

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Gorman

  6. 5 out of 5

    Harrison Demchick

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Nederlof

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yesenia

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sukh

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