Verdict: Slow burning, but deeply rewarding, Korfax’s rise to power in a time of great turmoil is a fascinating addition to the Land of the First trilogy.
With immense power to rival the Creator, Korfax enters a world of political backstabbing while racing to defeat the dark forces intent on wiping out the Ell in a unique fantasy epic.
Set immediately after the stunning events of the first book of the Land of the First series , SERVANT OF LIES continues the tale of Korfax and the fate of the Ell. After unleashing a great power and nearly wiping out all the demons in the North, Korfax faces a series of escalating threats. Behind closed doors, power players scheme against Korfax and hope to reign him in before he realizes his destiny. The force behind the demons shows their face while sending wave after wave of demonic forces against the mightiest of the cities. Above all else, Korfax stands against the tide of destiny and struggles to reconcile his power, his future, and his past. Everything hangs in the balance—his life, his loved ones, and the fate of the world.
Simon J. Cambridge continues to successfully weave a dense fantasy epic, mainly focusing on the flawed Korfax. Wielding unbridled power unseen in the land for thousands of years, his journey to discover his destiny while protecting those he loves is highly addicting. While the prose and pacing is slow and chock full of strange names, Cambridge injects the adventure with empathy and slow-building tension. Following Korfax’s journey becomes a journey in itself, as he learns more about his past and future while fending off those who would do him harm. Failures mount and the stakes are raised, making for decent sequel and strong continuation of the Land of the First series.
Slow burning, but deeply rewarding, Korfax’s rise to power in a time of great turmoil is a fascinating addition to the Land of the First trilogy.