Good day fellow readers and welcome to my stop on the Write Reads blog tour for The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen!
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.
This book was exactly what I needed right now if I am being perfectly honest! This is the smashing sequel to the already perfect The Devil’s Apprentice which I was lucky enough to review back in December last year. That book took everything I loved about a good Satan story and turned it upside down into something wonderful. The sequel is no different.
When we meet Philip he is dying (get it?) to get back to hell and see Satina, mostly, but also just to see everyone. What has happened to him in the mean time is what I think is a great development of character but also a very realistic shift in Philip’s personality. He’s a normal teenager who has discovered the joys of skipping homework, the advantage of lying at that age but also how to stand up for himself. He is still a genuinely good kid but he is definitely more savvy.
One of my favourite figures in culture is Death. Aside from my Discworld favourite (this book also has echoes of Mort) there are many incarnations and re-imaginings of the character that I do love. So you can see why I enjoyed this. The author never fails to appeal to my geeky interests! Besides Philip there are some wonderful character arcs here, including Satina, Lucifer and even Mortimer himself. It is an all round, wonderful follow up to the first book as well.
I will say without spoiling the actual ending and reveal of the plot that the message this book was hitting home was really relevant and I really do appreciate it being discussed in a fantasy book like this. Handled very well and am totally onboard for the next book in the series.
I want to thank Dave from the Write Reads for including me on the tour and to the author Kenneth B. Andersen for having me on board as an ARC reader as well as for the copy of the book in exchange for review!
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