The Nullification Engine


Book Two of the Alchemancer Series

The Nullification Engine

About the Book

The city of Brighton promises new beginnings for Aaron, Serena, and the taciturn eslar, Ensel Rhe. But, upon their arrival, Aaron and Serena are arrested for their role in the Chaos of a week ago, while Ensel Rhe slips away on business of his own.

The pair are given the opportunity to plead their case before the earl himself, whereupon they are released and assigned a very special duty, for deep below the palace lies the Nullification Engine, an ancient machine completed hundreds of years ago but never activated. Until now. While Aaron and Serena struggle to unravel the machine's mysteries, Ensel Rhe confronts his past once more when he learns his daughter has come to Brighton, but in the company of one of his greatest enemies.

A race against time begins as Aaron comes to realize the Nullification Engine was never turned on for a reason, for once the machine reaches a state of full nullitivity, it will destroy Brighton and everyone in it.

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Reader Praise

"Scott Marlowe has definitely figured out how to get around the boring second series book curse with this title. The writing was strong and solid, and right from the beginning the personalities of the characters shined." - Ionia, online reviewer

"Marlowe continues to write strong female characters, which I find refreshing in sword-and-sorcery fantasy." - KadLady, online reviewer

"The star character was the Nullification Engine itself, which stole the show in every scene it was in, and was a wonderfully unpredictable and fascinating device." - Pauline, online reviewer

"Mr. Marlowe has great characters and he did a great job adding further depth. Once again, his plot was very well developed and he added to the richness and complexity of the world that he has created." - PHSheehy, online reviewer

Sample Chapters




Barony of Fallmere

Barony of Fallmere


Aaron ShepherdAaron ShepherdScholar, alchemist, sorcerer's apprentice.
Serena WalkertonSerena WalkertonSorcerer's apprentice.
Ensel RheEnsel RheAn eslar mercenary.
UrsoolUrsoolA witch.
KrosusKrosusHoundmaster, demon.
Hounds of BarathrumHounds of BarathrumHell hounds. Carnage (Ugoshatha), Havoc (Shatach), Ravage (Sthu), Ruin (Sarshuath), Shatter (Elaqus), Agony (Hugony), Mayhem (Yathathac), Misery (Ggothista), Scourge (Uzulthoma), Discord (Mmazstagoth), Turmoil (Bhacthu), Terror (Zhac-kitha).
AcharatAcharatShaman and chieftain of Xirklx.

Alice Briggs

Griffin's quartermaster.

Ardus Arkor

Raider, explosives expert.

Arlen Walkerton

Serena's father.


A raspel. Crime-lord of Brighton.

Bella Kelm

Adopted daughter of Thorvid Kelm.

Blyden Kreg

Captain of the Griffin.

Chane Taldman

Steward of the House of Walkerton.

Clyde Mantock

Inn proprietor.


A Sunken Slums fortuneteller.



Durant Chandler

Field Marshal of Rockhaven's army.

Emily Stewart

A childhood acquaintance of Serena's.

Evan Kingsley

King's Patroller.


Krill weapons master.

Hirad Bolheim



Shodeth warrior.

Ingrid Kane Kalara

An eslar trader.

Jacob Madison

First Mate of the Griffin.

Jakinda Rhe Alon

Daughter of Ensel Rhe.

Kimlor Rusk

Raider, stone expert.

Lundy Mortimar

The Griffin's boatswain.

Marcel Dadehill

Lord Chancellor of Kettering.

Miles Stanworth

Airman onboard the Griffin.


Shodeth warrior.


Bella's bodyguard.


Chief Scientist of the Earl's Department of Alchemy and Science.

Persimmius Falconian

Mysteriarch and pyromancer. Serena's first master.

Philip Roberts

Earl of Brighton.


Shodeth warrior.


Tinkerer rat.


Leader of the shodeth.


A cabin boy.

Rebecca "Beck" Stratum

Ship's engineer.

Roe Tippin

An army sergeant.

Rohan Fuchs

Captain of the Earl's Guard.


One of Thorvid's henchmen.

Sedgewick Gyles


Thorvid Kelm

Dwarven crime boss.




City guardsman. Clyde's brother-in-law.

Verna Walkerton

Serena's mother.


A research scientist.


Barony of Agratis

A barony grown rich from its lumber and trade agreements with Brighton. Agratis is ruled by Lord Malcolm Roberts.

Barony of Fallmere

Leaderless since the attack on Norwynne, Fallmere is in a state of disarray.

Barony of Rulana

The richest and most prosperous of Kettering's territories, Rulana is ruled from Brighton not by a baron, but by the Earl of Kettering himself.


A prosperous city located at the joining of three rivers, the Silvercross, Highbrook, and Whitecrest. It is the seat of power for the entire earldom and is known for its shipbuilding industry and as a trading gateway to the Barrens Ocean.

Earldom of Kettering

The southwestern territory of the fiefdom of Seacea. Made up of the baronies of Agratis, Fallmere, and Rulana. Kettering is ruled by the Roberts family.


The Griffin is a one-of-a-kind airship specially designed for high-elevation travel.


A city lying between Norwynne and Brighton on Galway Road.


A remote oceanside city-keep.


Capital of Agratis.


An underground city located beneath Brighton.

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