Hi! It’s been a while. I’m actually quite ashamed how long it’s been… I’m back with a review for a series I’ve been reading for the past few months, and it is the fourth book in The Great Devil War by Kenneth B. Andersen. Spoiler alert, I loved it! Okay, let’s get into it.
- Publication date: 2010, in English 2019
- Publisher: Host og Son
- Genre: Fantasy
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.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Whew, has this been a wild ride! I mean, I’m not too surprised, everything in the previous book hinted at these events. The fourth installment in The Great Devil War was dark, intense and an absolute blast!
Reviewing books so far in the series is always tricky, as I don’t want to go into great detail and accidentally spoil anything. These books have consistently been really good and entertaining, and The Angel of Evil has not been any different.
After the strong ending of book three, where I definitely felt quite emotional, book four picks up right where we left off. Philip is still in Hell, tho whole underworld is on a brink of a war and Satina is kidnapped!
I really love this installment! The series really grows darker and darker with every book, which I’m very much enjoying. While The Devil’s Apprentice started off the series with Philip dying and being mistakenly taken into Hell, which is dark enough, it was fun and enjoyable, but with every consequent book more and more is at stake.
I thought the book was incredibly fast paced. I flew through it. It was the right amount of everything, from suspense and intrigue to character development and even more world building. In every book we get more and more of Hell, get to visit new places, find out how they work – it’s a really well thought out world based off different mythologies of the underworld and afterlife and I absolutely love it!
Philip wasn’t my favourite in this one, unfortunately. The angst was very much needed and makes sense, so I don’t really fault him for being the way he was. I just think he was such a Harry, which for some would be a great compliment, but I detest him in the best way possible. That’s how I felt about Philip in this one. He did so many things he wasn’t supposed to do and although he succeeded, it still felt frustrating seeing him break all the rules and not listen. It didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it, though.
The supporting characters were, as always, fantastic, although I expected a bit more “devilness” from Lucifer, to be honest. I think as THE Devil he was kind of clueless throughout the whole book and I wish he lived up to his name a bit more.
I enjoyed Aziel as the antagonist a lot more than I thought I would and how cunning but ultimately cowardly he was, but with the way the story ended, I’m not sure where the next book will go.
As someone who does not enjoy any romance in books, I’m quite surprised I was rooting for Philip and Satina and the ending kind of broke my heart. Since it’s not the end of the series, I believe it’s not the last time we’re seeing them together, and I’m holding out hope they’ll be reunited.
Last, but not least! We finally get to meet Philip’s dad! Not for too long, that’s true, but at least it finally happened, and I think it really added to Philip’s development as a character.
Overall, I have not been disappointed with any of the books in this series. Each one just gets better and better.
Book five releases in less than a week! I’ll post a review of it on release date (as I got an early copy), but until then I’ll probably be back with other posts.
Thank you for reading!