Book Review: The Fallen Angel by Kenneth B. Andersen (The Great Devil War #5)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

An intriguing premise and shocking conclusion.

Book CWs

  • Child endangerment/death
  • Torture (physical and psychological)
  • Paranormal Creatures
  • Negative Depictions of God
  • Cheating

Premise (From Goodreads)

It’s been almost two years since Philip left Hell and returned to life—this time for good. But things have changed and so has Philip. He’s haunted by terrifying nightmares and has never felt so lonely. Lonely and angry. Then one day the impossible happens and Philip is brought back to Hell. Not by the Devil, but by the Almighty himself. Although the Great Devil War ended a long time ago, the battle is far from over—and the worst is yet to come.

The Fallen Angel is volume 5 of The Great Devil War series.

Review (No Spoilers)

Thank you to Kenneth B. Andersen for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a review! I’m scheduled to be part of a blog tour for this book later this year so you’ll probably be seeing this review more than once on my blog. If you would like to read my reviews for the previous installments, please click on the following links!

The Devil’s Apprentice
The Die of Death
The Wrongful Death
The Angel of Evil

If you read my review for the Angel of Evil, you probably remember that I had no idea where the series was going as I felt that Angel of Evil wrapped everything up pretty well. I still had these same feelings when I first started reading the Fallen Angel, but as I made my way through the first chapter, my excitement for continuing the series grew.

From the very start of the novel, we are introduced to a completely new side of Philip, one that I really enjoyed seeing. I do wish that we could have seen the progression of how he got to this point because the change seemed a bit drastic, but I was nonetheless curious as to where this new personality would take him.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed when I got to the “meat” of the book. Although the initial chapters seemed promising, not much actually happened throughout the novel. The story picked up a LOT when I got to around the 80% point, when the real action begins. This might be because we’re kind of starting a new story arc and so maybe this book is simply setting the groundwork for that. For me, too much time was spent on the “why was Philip really brought back?” storyline and as a result the middle seemed to drag a bit.

I will say that because not a lot happened in the middle of the book, the readers were introduced to even more historical/biblical characters and for me, these are some of my favorite aspects of the series. I absolutely love seeing how Kenneth B. Andersen interprets some of the more well-known parts of the Bible. I think it adds a fun little element to these stories.

Because the ending of The Fallen Angel was so thrilling, I am extremely excited to read the next (and final) installment of this series, scheduled to come out later this year. I can’t wait to see what comes next for our beloved Philip Engel.

The Fallen Angel was released TODAY in e-book and paperback so be sure to pick up your copy soon!

Book Review: The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen (The Great Devil War #4)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Thrilling with an excellent conclusion.

Book CWs

  • Child endangerment/death
  • Torture (physical and psychological)
  • Paranormal Creatures

Premise (From Goodreads)

Nothing will ever be the same. Satina is gone, kidnapped by the enemy. Disobeying Lucifer, Philip heads out to find her, journeying into the deep darkness of Outer Reach. But nothing can prepare Philip for the horror that awaits—or the demons he will face.

Meanwhile, Lucifer’s kingdom is threatened as the Great Devil War draws closer. All Hell is about to break loose.

The Angel of Evil is volume 4 of The Great Devil War series.

Review (No Spoilers)

Thank you to TheWriteReads and Kenneth B. Andersen for providing me with a free copy in exchange for a review! I’m scheduled to be part of a blog tour for this book later this year so you’ll probably be seeing this review more than once on my blog.

This book might have actually been my favorite in the series so far even though I rated it lower than the first installment. It’s hard for me to tell because I liked both of them for two completely separate reasons. Feel free to read my thoughts on books one, two, and three before diving into this one!

The main reason that I liked this book so much is that it did a good job in keeping my interest the entire time. The main plot revolves around Phillip trying to save Satina while also dealing with the fact that a great war is about to break out in Hell. I found both of these storylines really exciting and I very much enjoyed making my way through both of them.

One of the things that I’m left wondering is where the story will go from here as the ending of this installment seemed to wrap up the series fairly well. I do still have a few questions about how fate and universal balance works because I felt like parts of the book seemed to contradict each other though I can’t go into any detail without spoiling the ending.

The fifth installment comes out tomorrow, May 28th and I received an ARC earlier this month so stay tuned for my review to be posted soon!

#UltimateBlogTour Review: The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen (The Great Devil War #3)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

An interesting continuation of The Great Devil War series, full of twists and turns.

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
  • Negative depictions of God
  • Character Death

Premise

An unfortunate chain of events makes Philip responsible for the untimely death of the school bully Sam – the Devil’s original choice for an heir.

Philip must return to Hell to find Sam and bring him back to life, so that fate can be restored. But trouble is stirring in Lucifer’s kingdom and not even Philip can imagine the strange and dark journey that awaits him.

A journey that will take him through ancient underworlds and all the way to Paradise.

Review (No Spoilers)

If you’ve been keeping up with my reviews, you’ll know that I’m participating in blog tours for the entire Great Devil War series. If you’ve fallen behind, you can catch my previous reviews here: The Devil’s Apprentice (#1) , The Die of Death (#2).

The Wrongful Death was probably the quickest book for me to read of the series so far which was good because as usual, I put things off until the last minute and started the book only a few days ago lol. My feelings on this book were very similar to the ones that I had for The Die of Death. I think that this series has a lot of interesting twists and turns but I wish that the sequels included more explanations of why things are the way they are since that was my favorite part about The Devil’s Apprentice.

My favorite part about The Wrongful Death was probably traveling to the different worlds. In the book, we have glimpses of Earth, Hell, Heaven, Hades, and Asgard. I really hope that these places (and more) will appear in the rest of the series because I enjoy meeting new godly characters. I also really enjoyed seeing more of Sam. He’s a character that I think has a lot of potential and I like the direction Kenneth B. Anderson is heading with him.

The blog tour for the next book in the series, The Angel of Evil, will probably be in May or June so stay tuned for more! This series seems to be getting more and more intense!

#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!

#UltimateBlogTour Review: The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A fun read with an interesting and unique premise!

Foreword

This is my very first blog tour so I hope this is what I’m supposed to be doing! I was very fortunate to be offered a spot on this tour by The Write Reads on Twitter.

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
  • Ableism (in particular bad portrayal of people who died by suicide)
  • Paranormal Creatures
  • Attempted Murder

Premise

Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there’s been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy. Philip is terrible at being bad, but Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training him in the ways of evil. Philip gets both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld—but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?

The Devil’s Apprentice is volume 1 in The Great Devil War-series.

Review (No Spoilers)

First of all, I am super grateful to be part of this blog tour because otherwise I probably would have never picked up this book. I couldn’t find it in any libraries and didn’t see it in my local B&N so I worry that it’s not getting the attention that it deserves. Hopefully this tour can fix some of that!

I already mentioned at the top of this post that I love the book’s premise, but the characters were just as interesting. I found myself both invested and attached to what was going to happen with Philip, the MC. He is presented as HUGE cinnamon roll, so who wouldn’t want to know how his life in hell would turn out? I love me some cinnamon.

Aside from Philip, the rest of the character depth was so good that I even became attached to Lucifer and many side characters. In fact I was starting to feel bad for a bunch of people despite the fact that they are supposed to be evil.

Andersen didn’t shy away from introducing biblical characters into the narrative, which I appreciated. In a book about heaven and hell, I feel like it would be extremely weird to not reference the Bible. We have mentions of Jesus, Pontius Pilate, David, Goliath, etc.

Even with all of these great characters, I’d have to say that my favorite part was the detail that went into the writing. I could tell that Andersen had thought a lot about what he was going to say and how these things were going to fit together. There were some pretty entertaining explanations as to why people are the way that they are and why they die when they do. I particularly enjoyed how each person’s punishment in hell was in some form of just deserts.

As with all books, The Devil’s Apprentice wasn’t without its downsides. There were a few typos that I caught and some lines that I thought were inconsistent with what was said previously. Finally, the story was entertaining but I really wish it would have happened over a longer period of time. From what I understand, the entire book takes place over 14 nights and I have a super hard time believing that everything took place in two weeks. I could believe like 3 months but 2 weeks? Come on.

That being said, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in fantasy. I’m not a fantasy woman myself so whether or not I continue this series depends on a lot of stuff, but if any of you are interested (and I hope you are), I’ll drop the amazon link below!