Hi! Yes, I’m back with yet another review. First of all, Happy Book Birthday to the english version of The Fallen Angel by Kenneth B. Andersen! If you’ve read the first 4 volumes and are dying to know what happens next – now you can find out!
- Publication date: original – 2015; English – May 28th 2020
- Publisher: Host & Son
- Genre: Fantasy
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.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Fallen Angel is the fifth installment in The Great Devil War series, and also the second last one. Like with all of the previous books in the series, I flew through it and enjoyed it a lot, yet I did found it slightly… lacking in plot.
Philip finds himself back in Hell, though he was told during his last visit he won’t be able to go back and forth anymore. This time he’s needed by Jehovah, though why, no one knows. It’s been 1.5 years since Philip’s last visit, but as we know, time passes differently in Hell. While waiting for god t let him know why he’s been summoned, Philip wanders around Hell and sees just how much has changed, especially with Satina. It takes until over halfway through the book for the reason of Philip’s summoning to become known to us.
After the events of the war Philip is quite broken up. He doesn’t know who he is and what he’s supposed to do being back on Earth and he has no one he can talk to about it all. So, when he’s summoned back to Hell, while a lot of confusion still remains, he’s sure that this time he wants to stay. This may, or may not, have something to do with Satina.
Although reading about angsty teens is not my favourite past time (maybe because I’ve been that angsty teen), I did appreciate how this book focused on Philip’s internal struggles with his identity. Over the course of the series we’ve seen him turn from a angel of a human into a devil, then back human and it’s understandable, especially after all he’s been through, that he would be confused and lost… and angry.
I wish we got more clarity on Philip’s relationship with Satina. When he comes back to Hell, a lot of time has passed and Satina has moved on. She tells Philip, though not straight away, and no further conversation is had until it seems like Satina has decided to pick Philip, over her boyfriend. It also seems like she does not bother to tell her boyfriend. I feel like it could’ve been wrapped up more, seeing how there was time for it and it would feel less dishonest.
Like I said, for a good part of the story not much happened. I kept waiting for a big event – much like in the other installments, yet it didn’t come until the very end of the book. Though the events in the last couple of chapters made up for the lack of action throughout the book, it almost felt a filler to have some distance between the war and the finale. I still enjoyed it, though admittedly less than the others.
Overall, the story arc and the world building wins me over every time. I can’t wait to pick up the last book (it’s sadly not out in English yet) and find out how it all ends.
Thank you for reading!