The Fallen Angel
by Kenneth B. Andersen
Book #5 of the Great Devil War
ebook, 293 pages
Publication: May 25th, 2020
It’s been almost two years since Philip left Hell and returned to life—this time for good. But things have changed and so has Philip. He’s haunted by terrifying nightmares and has never felt so lonely. Lonely and angry. Then one day the impossible happens and Philip is brought back to Hell. Not by the Devil, but by the Almighty himself. Although the Great Devil War ended a long time ago, the battle is far from over—and the worst is yet to come.
The Fallen Angel is volume 5 of The Great Devil War series.
I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
What I Liked
- The darker tone of this book, which reflects the change in Phillip. Despite Hell filled with people he loved and being a place where Phillip felt like he belong, he still did terrible things and the effects are pretty dark. Phillip’s experiences in hell, the things he saw, done, and understood have really changed him and I’m glad we got to see how the trauma manifests in him. It’s really rare we see the impact of events in our heroes. I admit, I miss the fun innocence of the first two books, but I also appreciate the change of tone.
- Getting back to hell! As what I always say: I miss hell. In this book, Hell is back to normal now that the war has come and gone. The condemned are still condemned, and with time on his hands, Lucifer is designing some new punishments. We also got to see what the other characters up to since we last see them: Flux is getting a huge promotion, Sam is adjusting really well, and Satina moving on but never forgetting what had happened.
- Sam finding his long-lost maternal figure in Ravine 🥺
- Nothing much happened, plot-wise. And I think this is such a nice change of pacing! All the books in this series are really fast-paced, especially the previous one, which can be hard to follow and for us to feeling the emotional impact of what happened. But in this book, we spend time with Phillip re-exploring Hell; while it is only 1.5 years since his last visit, in Hell it’s much longer and therefore, there are changes he have to reacquainted himself with. As the result, we got a lot of wandering and time to piece the puzzle together. In a way, I find it relaxing and builds the intrigue.
- Last but not least, as always the plot is just really smart! The author took various biblical mythology and weaved them into the plot.
- THE!!! ENDING!!!! It was one hell of a cliffhanger and makes me really excited for the final book in the series!
What I Didn’t Like
- Midway the darkness got overwhelmed with his feelings for Satina. Instead of being the trauma he felt, it’s getting overwhelmed by his possessiveness of her.
- How incompetent the adults are? 😅 Lucifer, Jehovah, and Mortimer are supposed to be this powerful being but they are always unable to piece the conspiracy together 😬
What I Am Unsure About
So there’s this running joke within the book that Jehovah is not as almighty as he claimed to be, more like a half-mighty 😅 And each book always have a moment where we see famous blessed biblical figures and realize that… they’re not as blessed as we thought they are. In fact, some of them turned to resent God because of the cost his intervention took in their life. For example, we saw Adam and Eve are in paradise but in permanent mourning because they lost two sons when Cain killed Able. Or Noah, who ended up in Hell and Moses who couldn’t get out the screams of the firstborns from the 10 Plague. I’ve wondered before what do their devotion cost and it’s certainly an interesting take, but it became quite a strong undercurrent in this book, with Phillip blaming God for his choice and questioning him all the time. It feels anti-religion and I’m not sure how I feel about it 😅