Simon J. Cambridge on an unspoken history: one that is implied but never fully realized

IR Sticker IR ApprovedLand of the First – Servant of Fire received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Simon J. Cambridge.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The full name of the book is Land of the First – Servant of Fire and it was published on January 30th 2014.

What’s the book’s first line?

The black stepped out of the white and into the grey beyond.

What’s the book about? Give us the ‘pitch’?

Servant of Fire is the first book in a series of three, covering the time of its hero, Korfax, upon the world of his birth, Uriel. Against the backdrop of oncoming war he grows up, trying desperately to do what is expected of him, to master the power that drives the world, but knowing also that he is for ever destined to be set apart. For his family hides a terrible secret, and it is this lie, this schism inside him, that drives him on. And as he moves through his life he starts to appreciate the bitter truth behind the words ‘the sins of the fathers’.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

There was no single event, or person, that inspired ‘Land of the First’, but I have always loved the idea of an unspoken, or even hidden, history: a history that is implied but never fully revealed or realized. If any one thing can be said to be ‘the stone that starts the avalanche’, so to speak, then it would be this, the partial lifting of the veil and the glimpse of something deeper.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

Story! Going to places you have never been. Seeing things you have never seen. Meeting people you have never met and sharing in their adventures. Here are their moments, love and tenderness, anger and hatred, desperation and redemption, all set against the rising chaos of war.

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