#UltimateBlogTour Review: The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen (The Great Devil War #2)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A series I would have never picked up on my own, but is definitely worth a read.

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Kenneth B. Anderson for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Kenneth B. Andersen (1976) is an award-winning Danish writer. He has published more than forty books for children and young adults, including both fantasy, horror, and science fiction. 

His books have been translated into more than 15 languages and his hit-series about the superhero Antboy has been turned into three movies. A musical adaptation of The Devil’s Apprentice, the first book in The Great Devil War series, opened in the fall 2018 and film rights for the series have been optioned. 

Kenneth lives in Copenhagen with his wife, two boys, a dog named Milo, and spiders in the basement.

Review

Book CWs

  • Bullying
  • Abuse
  • Torture
  • Paranormal Creatures
  • Attempted Murder
  • Child endangerment

Premise

Philip’s adventures as the Devil’s apprentice have changed him—in a good way. Although he misses his friends in Hell, he has made new friends in life.
But when the future of the underworld is threatened once again, Philip’s help is needed. Death’s Die has been stolen and immortality is spreading across the globe.
Philip throws himself into the search—and discovers a horrible truth about his own life along the way.

The Die of Death is volume 2 in The Great Devil War-series and winner of the ORLA-Award.

The Great Devil War-series is a humorous and gripping tale about good and evil, filled with biblical and historical characters, such as Judas, Goliath, and Pontius Pilate, as well as modern figures such as Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, and many more.

The Great Devil War-series is a Danish bestseller, topping library and school reading lists among teens and young adults. The books have been published in more than ten countries and have won numerous awards.

Review (No Spoilers)

I ended my review for The Devil’s Apprentice (Book #1) by saying that I wasn’t sure if I would continue the series but I’ve been invited to take part in the blog tours for the rest of the books so here I am!!!

The Die of Death was a book that, for me, didn’t quite live up to its predecessor. Regardless, I think that it was still quite enjoyable. The thing that I liked most about The Devil’s Apprentice was that it didn’t shy away from religious topics and provided very interesting views on life, death, and punishment. Because The Die of Death is the second book, it didn’t have that same kind of impact on me since all of the background had pretty much been laid out already. Instead, the story focused more on Phillip’s relationship with himself, his friends, and his family.

I read this book over two days and I was once again surprised by how quickly it went by. Fantasy is a genre that I generally don’t read and I kind of always expect for me to have to trudge my way through them. I’m happy that Kenneth Anderson writes books that I find both quick and entertaining.

A few things that I didn’t like about the book were that I found myself being confused by the logic of how the plot was progressing a few times. There was one chapter in particularly that I had to read twice because I had a hard time following it. After my second read, I ended up giving up and continuing. Thankfully, that didn’t make me miss out on much. There are also a few instances where the book opened up a question that it never actually answered. I’m hoping that these are just set ups for the rest of the series and not editing errors. I did find 3 or 4 typos in the book as well, but I think that can happen to the best of us.

That being said, I definitely recommend giving this book/series a try if you’re into fantasy. It also has a lot of (maybe) hot takes about the afterlife that I find intriguing so hopefully that will interest you too!

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