The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2)
by Kenneth B. Andersen
ebook, 239 pages
Published October 5th 2018
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.
I received an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I knew I loved the first book, but reading this book made me realize that I didn’t just love it, this series might actually be one of my favorite!
The book started with Phillip and his friends at school, telling us how his experience in hell have affected his life on earth. He’s not such an angel anymore and as such, he’s getting popular, but he can’t also get Satina out of his head. While planning the day stealing pears with his friends, Phillip started to experience a lot of near death experiences- too much in a day for his liking. It’s definitely a bad sign, but nothing is worse than seeing Death literally standing in your garden at midnight, during a thunderstorm…. and taking you to hell with him.
One of the biggest reason why I knew this series is one of my favorite is because I actually miss hell. I miss it in a way I miss Hogwarts or Camp Half-Blood. And it’s such a weird thing to say because despite this being a middle grade book, hell does live up to its name. It has the old school scary creatures, grotesque punishment, as well as scary places. And yet all the characters we met there (Lucifer, Lucifax, Ravine, Satina, etc) are so much more than a demon- they’re mentor, friend, that cool parents friend, etc. And despite the cruel punishment handing out in hell, we also got to understand that the punishment given always fit the crime so in a sense, it’s a pretty fair place.
In this second book, we got the myth of “hell” expanded. We heard about the “other underworlds” but in this book, we visited one, as well with Death’s domain. We also explore more parts of hell such as the demon school and the purgatory. In addition, we also got to see the fallout from the events in the previous books. While many understand Lucifer’s decision, Aziel still has a lot of supporters from people who thinks Lucifer is being too soft. Coupled with his open favor towards Phillip (whose some still think as an angel), it made hell a pretty divisive place.
We’ve met Death (aka Mortimer) in the previous book, but only briefly. As the owner of the infamous (stolen) die, we got more of Mortimer and the mythology of death in this book. I found this part of the story really interesting, showing the relationship between the big 3 (Death, God, and Satan) as well as how they’re keeping the balance on earth. There are several other subplots we found during Phillip’s investigation, some of them involving Phillip’s family, and I love how the author unfolds the plot slowly, placing all the clues at all the right time and not making it as a coincidence.
I miss Lucifer and wish we saw more of him 😦 He’s definitely a soft satan, especially for Phillip.
However, there are two reasons why I took off half star from my rating. The first one because some parts felt meandering. For example, I don’t understand the purpose of Phillip coming to school other than showing Aziel still has supporters and well, showing the school to us readers. The second one is because Phillip and Satina’s relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I do think they’re cute and actually ship them, but I wish it transition into romance in the next book instead of this one.
Overall, The Die of Death lives up to its predecessor! I know it sounds really wrong, but going back to hell feels like going back home. We met old characters again, but we also got to expand the mythology and story. The mystery and plot are engaging despite dragged on for some parts. I’m super excited to read the next book and see the characters again!