Another fantastic instalment in this excellent series. Dark, witty and adventurous, this book maintains the same epic emotions of the previous books while still giving some more shocking twists!
A massive thank you to the author Kenneth B Andersen for the review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I am thrilled to have been given the chance to continue this series!
Ok so before I dive in this review may contain spoilers for books 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the series. If you want to check out the previous review then click the links below:
- The Devil’s Apprentice #1 Book Review
- The Die Of Death #2 Book Review
- The Wrongful Death #3 Book Review
- The Angel Of Evil #4 Book Review – this has yet to be posted as it is for a blogtour.
Synopsis: Philip is back on Earth unable to return to hell, that is until God himself needs help. The War is over, but the effects still linger – and the fight is far from over. Something odd is occurring in the underworld and Philip again finds himself in the middle of a deadly and dark plot.
This was another great read. After reading the 4th book I wasn’t sure the direction this book could take. Book 4 ends very well, it is dark and devastating but also a good resolution so I was very curious to see which direction this book would go in. And, I was pleasantly surprised by this instalment!
Kenneth B Andersen continues to surprise with each book in this series, somehow maintaining its undeniable charm and complete uniqueness while also creating a shocking new twist filled adventure that continues to add to the bigger story. This book maintains the previously set darker tone and is more of an emotional journey sprinkled with adventure. I think this instalment works wonderfully in examining the emotional and mental consequences of the Devil War started by Aziel, as well as setting up for something possibly bigger and more devastating.
Kenneth B Andersen’s writing is again witty, well crafted and easy to read. Despite the darker tone we still get the original humour throughout the story, developing into sharper sarcasm as well as maintaining the humour of characters from the previous books (Ravine in the kitchen for example). However, this is now laced with a sharper tone filled with fear and anger rising to the surface. Andersen creates an unusual dilemma in this book, Philip is clearly scarred by the War and by his final encounter with Aziel in the previous book and Andersen writes the consequences on Philip’s character very well, but Philip is also struggling with his decision to return home. You can really feel the conflict Philip is struggling with and the effects this has had on him are severe and realistic, it is not often characters are depicted with complex emotional struggles after having been in a war and this book did it very well.
Philip is meaner and much more selfish than before, but it is important to note he is not ‘evil’ he still has a good heart which softens with those he cares for. This has added to Philip’s complexity and character development, his character is changing, growing and learning with each book and this one is no different – we see how the war has effected him (and others) and how he deals with this. Philip’s character continues to be intriguing, as does his perspective of the story. We continue to feel empathy and sympathy for Philip, even when he acts irrationally, but we can also criticize his actions that are meaner (while still understanding why he is behaving as he is.) His relationships have changed while keeping the same familiarity, Lucifer still has a soft spot for him, as does Satina – but it has been a while and there is now some distance between them.
Philip and Satina struggle with the time they had apart, especially how this has changed them creating a new dynamic in their relationship, I feel like they should have had a bit more of a struggle here especially with Dagon on the scene but the difficulties they face are effective and add another layer to their relationship.
I also loved that we get more mythology built into this story, including some mythological figures we are familiar with- the portrayals of these characters are incredibly interesting as they have the same base as those we know but they are twisted into something unique and different from the origin stories. I really enjoyed how this book is again a puzzle, with little seemingly unconnected events occurring and intertwining in order to weave a bigger and more deadly plot. It was incredibly intriguing to see where this story was going , the elements come together very well while incorporating concepts and experiences from the previous books. The ending was brilliant and I am very excited to see how this series ends.
However, I did rate this book lower than the rest of the series for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this book felt a little bit more like a bridge for the finale rather than an adventure in its own right, it had a lot less action than the previous instalments and felt a little repetitive, using common tricks from the previous books again in this one. It was an enjoyable read but didn’t feel as dynamic as the rest of the series.
Overall, this was another enjoyable instalment that fits nicely into the established narrative and set’s up for an intriguing and action-packed adventure. I cannot wait for the next book! I would definitely recommend this to lovers of this series and would recommend this series to fantasy lovers of all ages!
*A Big thankyou to the author #KennethBAndersen for giving me an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!!*