Double Review: The Wrongful Death & The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen

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The Wrongful Death

by Kenneth B. Andersen

Book #3 of The Great Devil War

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Published April 19th 2019

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An unfortunate chain of events makes Philip responsible for the untimely death of the school bully Sam—the Devil’s original choice for an heir. Philip must return to Hell to find Sam and bring him back to life, so that fate can be restored. But trouble is stirring in Lucifer’s kingdom and not even Philip can imagine the strange and dark journey that awaits him. A journey that will take him through ancient underworlds and all the way to Paradise.

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I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Anddd we’re back to hell one more time! The beginning was interesting, as we got to spend more time in the “real” life, getting to know Phillip in his normal life, his daily routine and his friends. He always have Hell and Satina on his mind, but he’s also actively participating in school and socializing. He’s also have a kinda crush!

As the book suggest, a wrongful death that killed Sam sent Phillip back to Hell to try bring him back. Compared to the previous books, this plot is more straightforward. There are still some small pieces of puzzle that went unanswered, but at this point I already knew that even the smallest details can be significant in the plot so I’m sure it will come up somewhere, sometime, in the next books.

What I love the most about this book is how it explores further the world-building and various mythology. We of course have the biblical mythology, of heaven and hell, but we also got to know the other underworlds (and basically other mythology) with the connection to Hades and Hel and how these worlds are all interconnected with each other. It’s certainly an interesting thing to learn about their connection and how the changing of times and beliefs affected them.

As always, I love Hell and the characters there. However, I have to admit that I was tad annoyed that Satina become such a central character and have the romance take an almost center stage. Especially considering how young Phillip’s age is (I think he was in 8th grade? How old it is in the western world? In my world, it would be around 13 or 14 years old) and the romance is already very deep and mature (in sense of the feelings explored, not the physical terms). I would rather see Phillip’s relationship with Lucifer, Ravine, and Grumblebeard developed even more haha but maybe it’s just me.

I think the excellent pacing and the relative straightforwardness of this book kinda lulled me into security so it took my by surprise how things took such a dark turn near the end. I did not expected it, especially because it’s such a huge cliffhanger and different than the previous books. But it also means that the Great War is upon us, and I’m really excited to see how it would go down!


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The Angel of Evil

by Kenneth B. Andersen

Book #4 of The Great Devil War

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Published October 20th 2019

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Nothing will ever be the same. Satina is gone, kidnapped by the enemy. Disobeying Lucifer, Philip heads out to find her, journeying into the deep darkness of Outer Reach. But nothing can prepare Philip for the horror that awaits—or the demons he will face.

Meanwhile, Lucifer’s kingdom is threatened as the Great Devil War draws closer. All Hell is about to break loose.

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After 4 books of waiting, the Great War is finally here! However, I also have to sadly report that this book is probably my least favorite from the whole series (so far) 😢

In this book, Philip is an angel no more. His fury over the events in the last book turned him into a true devil and he is determined to beat Aziel once and for all. I enjoyed the first 50% of the book, where we saw the aftermath of the events in the last book and his active efforts in saving Satina. However, the last 50% is where the book fell apart for me.

First off, I think this book hinges on the smallest details from the previous books and we didn’t have enough time to process them. I enjoyed a puzzle and putting the pieces together and I feel like Mr. Anderson is truly a brilliant author for planning the details in such an amazing way, that you can’t help but having that “OH!!” moment. However, this series also have a fast pacing, which is even faster in this book. This means that the details laid out sometimes were not even noticeable in the first place, often shrugged off in favor for the next action or piece of details. It can be hard to keep track or remember things when they’re not given much focus or time to be noticed in the first place. Further, this fast pacing also didn’t give the characters and us readers the time to process emotions– and this book has plenty. From anger, horror, sadness, and fear, this book has the whole range of emotions and yet we didn’t have time to process them.

Another thing I don’t enjoy is how passive the other characters except Philip are. They are facing a great war ahead and yet, Lucifer doesn’t seem to have an inner circle except for a) Lucifax, which is a cat and b) Philip, which is a boy and he constantly ordered to stay behind. Did he really expected to win the war without generals? He didn’t try to find out what’s happening either- it’s possible that Aziel kept him too busy to concoct a battle plan, but it seems like things are happening and our heroes (yes, Satan IS a hero) just reacting to it. It’s a bit frustrating to read, and I kiiinda understand why Aziel and his followers were pissed because well, Lucifer does seem incompetent.

And finally, the romance between Satina and Philip still bugs me. It was… too mature? They’re supposed to be children right, but with how their feelings and the depth are explained, it feels like I’m reading an at least YA or adult romance 😬

It wasn’t all bad though! As the usual, the writing is easy to read, the story flows really well, and there are just so many twist and turns! You can guess where the story would go, but you just won’t know for sure. I also love more incorporation of Norse and biblical mythology here, and we also got to see the first heavenly battle from Lucifer’s side. It wraps the story really well, but we do still have 2 other books in the series so I’m really curious what they’re going to deal with next.

tasya

 

 


3 thoughts on “Double Review: The Wrongful Death & The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen

  1. Oh man, the romance sure does sound odd for some reason. I can imagine myself finding it weird too, especially if it doesn’t fit the personalities of the characters. Great honest reviews though. Sorry to hear that it didn’t turn out better for you! 😮

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