The Devil’s Apprentice is the perfect start to what I hope will be a fantastic series. Kenneth Andersen had me intrigued from the first page and from there the novel grew in intensity and action. You can see the Blog tour promo post here.
- Title: The Devil’s Apprentice
- Author: Kenneth Andersen
- Publisher: Host & Son on October 8, 2018 (English paperback version)
- Genre: YA Fantasy
- Pages: 311
- Format: Paperback
- Rating: 5/5 Stars
“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?”
My Review of The Devil’s Apprentice:
I had so much fun with this novel. I pitied poor Philip in the beginning and then I began to loathe him. He redeemed himself, in the end, in my eyes, but I am interested to see how the series continues after the excellent ending of this first book.
I have written about many series where there is a cliffhanger ending. I hate that tactic. This novel gave me my tidied finish and has still managed to leave questions in my mind as to how it will now progress. The only thing for it is to move on to the next installment, The Die of Death.
Mr. Andersen does a remarkable job of telling Philip’s story. He is a full-fleshed character who surprises me with every turn of the page. Lucifer, Lucifax, and all the other characters are just as excellently written as Philip. The villains are quite vile but written so deliciously.
I couldn’t put the book down for fear of losing the magic I had while reading.
The setting of Hell is nothing like I would have imagined, but still eerily perfect. The treatment received by the people sent to Hell seems the ideal punishment for their crimes. I would never want to visit this place in my real life, but I must admit that I am fascinated by the world Andersen has created.
There was nothing that I didn’t like about this novel. Some things I disagree with regarding the tricks and traps that are commonplace in Hell, but I was able to see them for what they were. Thus, being able to reconcile my mind with what was happening to Philip.
I award The Devil’s Apprentice a full 5 out of 5 stars. This fantasy novel is a must for anyone. I understand that the subject matter may turn off some parents whose YA child wants to read this, but I genuinely believe that a teen would find much to love about the novel. This book is a true testament to the nature of good versus evil.