The Devil’s Apprentice (The Great Devil War #1) by Kenneth B. Andersen – #BBNYA ARC Review

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Hello, fellow bookworms. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen. The first book in his teen & young adult fantasy series, The Great Devil War. My thanks to the organisers of the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) for the eBook in exchange for a candid review as part of the judging process.

My Overall Rating: 3/5

Plot: 2/5 – Flow: 3/5 – Character Development: 2/5 – World Building: 3/5

What’s The Devil’s Apprentice about?

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The Devil’s Apprentice (The Great Devil War #1) by Kenneth B. Andersen – #BBNYA ARC ReviewMy Rating:
Title: The Devil's Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen, Kenneth Bøgh Andersen
Series: The Great Devil War #1
Published by Self-Published on 8 October, 2018
Genres: Young Adult (YA)
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes
No. of Pages: 311

Book 1 in the multi-award-winning series. Published in more than 10 countries and movie rights optioned!

Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil's heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there's been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy.

Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training Philip in the ways of evil. Philip is terrible at being bad, but when he falls in love with the she-devil Satina and experiences the powerful forces of love and jealousy, the task becomes much easier.

Philip finds both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld--but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?

The Great Devil War is a gripping and humorous tale about good and evil seen from an unusual perspective, wrapped in a fast-paced plot full of adventure, mystery, and engaging characters, and set in a world beyond your wildest dreams...

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
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I don’t usually choose to read Young Adult (YA) books or stories about school/college students. However, being on a judging panel means reading genres outside of your usual choices. We were asked about our triggers and any subjects we would not read, e.g. torture, abuse, rape, etc, to ensure our mental health wasn’t affected. The Devil’s Apprentice was one of the finalists that landed in my inbox to read for The Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year 2020.

What did I like about The Devil’s Apprentice?

I like reading fantasy stories. Therefore, I started reading this one with an open mind. The front cover caught my eye, the story’s description piqued my interest and of course I love finding new-to-me authors.

Kenneth B Andersen is a new-to-me author.

I was instantly impressed with his writing style. The descriptive prose he used throughout and how he set up the scenes was intelligently done. The fact that he showed us rather than telling us his characters’ personality traits confirmed his skill. Plus, I pleased with how realistic his characters were – even the demonic!

Kenneth managed to grab my attention in the very first chapter.

We were introduced to Phillip and quickly understood his good-natured personality and bravery. As the first book in a new series, there’s a lot of information to impart. However, Kenneth manages to seamlessly weave the world-building into the story without the need for the dreaded “information dumps”.

The characters Kenneth has created for this book are diverse and colourful. I love that I could recognise very real human qualities and traits in his hellish devils.

The plot had many interwoven threads.

Phillip uncovers mysteries to solve and enemies to unmask. As well as making new friends while learning his way around hell. Plus of course, trying to pass the trials and lessons involved with his apprenticeship with Satan.

Was there anything I didn’t like?

I enjoyed reading this book: it was GOOD. I would just like to mention why I wasn’t more invested in the story.

My reading preferences, while not set in stone, are habitual. I have certain requirements regarding plot, writing style and character traits that dictate how engaged I become and how much I enjoy a book.

The Devil’s Apprentice sits firmly in the teen genre. The age of the protagonist, his thoughts, and actions. The way the plot developed – it’s too YA for my tastes.

Basically, what I’m saying is…

The Devil’s Apprentice is good, although it isn’t my cup of tea. The story has all the elements I expect in a good children’s book. Mystery, character growth and a “race-against-the-clock” adventure.

Has my review of The Devil’s Apprentice encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of my links to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author.

About Kenneth B. Andersen

I was born in Denmark  on a dark and stormy night in November  1976. I began writing when I was a teenager. My first book was a really awful horror novel titled Nidhug's Slaves. It didn't get published. Luckily.

During the next 7 years, I wrote nearly 20 novels--all of which were rejected--while working as a school teacher. The rest of the time I spent writing.

In 2000 I published my debut fantasy book, The Battle of Caïssa, and that's when things really took off. Since then I've published more than thirty-five books for children and young adults in genres ranging from fantasy to horror and science fiction.

My books have been translated into more than 15 languages and my series about the superhero Antboy has been adapted for film, which is available on Netflix. An animated tv series is currently in development.

A musical of The Devil's Apprentice opens in the fall 2018 and the movie rights for the series have also been optioned.

I live in Copenhagen with my wife, two boys, a dog named Milo and spiders in the basement.

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about The Devil’s Apprentice. Have you read this one or any others by Kenneth B Andersen? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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Flora x

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(2) Comments

  1. Awesome review! Even though it wasn’t something you’d usually pick up you made the best out of the situation!

    1. Flora says:

      Yeah, it’s like I can appreciate a good painting even if I wouldn’t hang it on my wall. 😉

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