The Father of Lies
by K.J. Parker
Cover Artist: Vincent Chong
Review by Benjamin Wald
Subterranean Press Hardcover / eBook ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596068537
Date: 31 January 2018
Book Description: Bringing together K.J. Parker's recent novellas with several new, never before seen, novelettes, The Father of Lies delves into the arcane as never before. Set amid the world of Parker's novels and stories this volume reveals a side rarely glimpsed in his other works. Contained herein are the tales of creatures that plucked the strings of existence, exposing the seedy underbelly of ultimate power as only Parker can.
It begins with love, as it often does. In All The Things We Do For Love, Parker demonstrates the age-old proverb "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." It continues with a fall from grace, in Downfall of the Gods, where a daughter of heaven unwittingly pits herself against her divine family. Demonic pacts are everywhere with an iconic character who will finish what he started so many years ago. It ends with a beginning in No Peace for the Wicked, as a New Pope is chosen to push back the darkness.
Filled with Parker's hallmark wit and biting humor, The Father of Lies is an essential collection, not just for the dedicated fantasist, but for anyone committed to a great story well told. Like all of K.J. Parker's brilliant fiction, these stories whisper the truth.
Just ask yourself, can you trust the Father of Lies?
(Source: Subterranean Press)