This novel is another one that broke right into my comfort zone. When Shad came to me with Necessarily Evil: Prophecy, I was at once intrigued, but at the same time, skeptical. I am so glad that I read it though. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.
Caution: Violence and Sexual Discussion included
- Title: Necessarily Evil: Prophecy (Book 1 of the Divine Sitcom series)
- Author: Shad N. Freud
- Publisher: Draft2Digital on May 18, 2019; Second Edition September 30, 2019
- Genre: Dark Fantasy/Satire
- Pages: 256
- Format: e-Book
- Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Cardinal Carl Beaumont, Grand Inquisitor of the Satanic Church, would come to regret answering a summons from the Pope, as he was set upon a quest to save his world from the impending doom spoken of in a Prophesy that is written two millennia hence. He would need to acquire a rather…colorful group of misfits, procure a gun capable of killing a god, collect divine blood money to pay off a debt, travel through time to get the blessing of a dead god, and do it all before December 21st, 2012, a scant six months away.
It would be difficult enough without having to deal with the myriad demons of the Abyss hounding them every step of the way, having to deal with a demon Prince with a mad-on for the grizzled old half-orc, or the temple full of Nazi Zombies between him and his prize. All while feeling like he’s running a daycare center as the misfits he’s in charge of bickering children.
Can you blame the poor guy for being a chain-smoking alcoholic with rage issues?
My Review of Necessarily Evil: Prophecy:
My relationship with written satire is minimal, at best, only having come into contact with it from books full of dry humor that my stepfather is so fond of. Accordingly, I was a bit leery when sitting down to read this novel.
The book is the most hilarious comedy I’ve ever read. When you mix comedy and satire with the Underworld, you have a fantastic premise!
I laughed until I cried, the book is that clever!
Furthermore, Satanic misfits trying to save the world together is a brilliant plotline! You will find an interesting encounter with all of the major deities at the beginning that I don’t want to spoil, but I promise, you will laugh. Unfortunately, there is a part in the end where I cried true tears of sadness and while I wish that the sadness didn’t happen, consequently, the event does set the plot up nicely for the next book in the series.
The setting is out of this world, but I still managed to feel as if I were there with this band of misfits fighting the overwhelming number of demons who always managed to find them. Moreover, when a demon died at the hands of the misfits, the description was so intense that I felt the nasty innards all over my body. The author, Shad, has an incredible way with the pen. His imagination is a gift.
The book is entertaining all the way through and there is a ton of action that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole journey! Therefore, Necessarily Evil: Prophecy deserves the 5 out of 5 stars I am giving it. Anyone who loves to laugh and has an odd sense of humor will enjoy this novel! It is a perfect fit for those readers who love dark fantasy mixed with their comedy.
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