Synopsis: 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?
I wasn’t sure I would love this book when I saw the cover, but the synopsis sounded intriguing so I gave it a go! The book is really well written and the plot flows so well. I found some of the character developments rushed but this didn’t impact my overall enjoyment of this very original tale.
Philip’s journey into hell and his subsequent transformation are richly chronicled by the author throughout this book, there’s also some great humour sprinkled in too with some of the demons especially my main boy Grumblebeard. The main demon himself: Lucifer, presents a complex eccentric character.
There were also some fun little twists thrown in, some of which I predicted. It kept the story fresh and interesting. If I could change anything about the book it would be the cover art, whilst it is beautifully done I don’t think it really represents the story accurately and I wouldn’t have picked up the book based on the cover alone.
I really admire how the author managed to create a gruesome realistic version of hell and yet somehow took out some of the creepiness with humour. Overall I really liked this story and would recommend you give it a read! I will most likely pick up the next in the series soon! Happy Reading!
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.
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