The Fallen Angel by Kenneth B. Andersen – A Review

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!

The Fallen Angel by Kenneth B. Andersen
  • 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.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you for reading!

The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen – A Review

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.

The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen
  • 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.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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!

The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen – A Review

Hi! It’s my stop on The Write Reads tour for the third book in Kenneth B. Andersen’s series. I’ve reviews for the first and second books, if you’d like to check those out first. So… without further ado, as we all know how bad I’m at introductions…

The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen
  • Publication date: April 20th 2009 (original)
  • Publisher: Host & Son
  • Genre: Fantasy

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.

Thank you to the author for sending an e-copy of the book for a review, and for Dave at The Write Reads for putting together this tour.

I’ve grown to really love this series. As I’ve mentioned at the start of every review, it really took me by surprise. While books one and two were between middle grade and YA, at least for me, I feel like The Wrongful Death got a bit darker.

Philip got himself into Hell again! What’s new? This time, by a very unfortunate mix up, Philip’s friend (and ex tormentor) Sam ends up dead and lost in Hell. All because of Philip (and partially Satina). So he has to venture back to the underworld and find him before it’s too late.

As always, Philip was a great protagonist to read from. He remains extremely likeable throughout those books, and it was a real pleasure following him through his adventures. One of my favourites aspects of those books are times where Philip is looking for his dad – every time he sets foot in the underworld he thinks about him and tries to find a way to see him. I feel like it might be a big part of the plot in the later books. I was glad to see many supporting characters, especially Lucifer himself. He’s one of my absolute favourites.

Andersen managed to add even more depth into the already rich world, and we got to visit Heaven and meet god, as well as Hades in his underworld. Apart from the main plot, there is also a lot going on in Hell and the atmosphere gets darker with every chapter. It is quite apparent a big war is brewing, and I’m dying to find out more.

I always find it hard to review sequels and keep them spoiler free, and so they’re usually considerably shorter than other reviews. I found The Wrongful Death to be a bridge of sorts between Philip’s somewhat innocent adventures in Hell (though how innocent can they really be), and something darker and more sinister. I enjoyed it immensely and I can’t wait to continue with the series, and see where they lead.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you for reading.

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