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Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite
Morphic Ice 1: The Clockwork War by Nathaniel Sullivan is the first in a series of science fiction fantasy novels. The world is frozen and life is tough. Cities are run on steam power and reverberate with the sounds of metal, pipes, gears and chains. Nandor is a nomadic warrior with a vision of peace and thinks he can prevent the war between the clockwork cities over the emerging fertile land. However, he first needs to embark on an expedition to find Marr's Palace of Creation, which he hopes will provide him with the knowledge to achieve his aim. He cajoles the help of Nix, a wayward soul who is in training to be a mystic, and together they venture far from the cities into icy lands full of dangerous creatures. Time is not on their side and there is a possibility they may not be successful in their quest.
This is a powerful story in true steampunk style. I liked the mechanical bots, particularly the Jack-Bot imbued with a mystic life force and composed of metal, tubing and glowing lights. I also liked the crystal- and steam-powered skis. I thought these were a wonderful invention. The two main protagonists were very appealing. The wild and wonderful Nandor, the hero of the hour, had great depth of character. Nix, his trusty sidekick, and a feisty young woman, perfectly complemented Nandor's rough masculine demeanor. Nathaniel Sullivan has created a wonderful and fascinating world with a compelling story line. Morphic Ice 1: The Clockwork War is well crafted and lays the foundation for a rich epic saga. I very much look forward to the next book in the series.