I bring you book 5 in a series I’ve been following for quite a while now.
The Fallen Angel: The Great Devil War V by Kenneth B. Andersen
Book 5 in the multi-award winning series.
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 GREAT DEVIL WAR is a gripping and humorous tale about good and evil seen from an unusual perspective and set in a world beyond your wildest dreams…
Praise for The Fallen Angel
“This series will entertain you, and it will take you on an emotional journey to define your place in this world, while Philip tries to find his own.” ***** – Tessa Talks Books
“Each book of The Great Devil War series has deserved a full 5/5 star rating for Andersen’s magical and immersive writing style, the long-term character development, and a distinct, informed realm! Academic, complex, emotionally stimulating books.” ***** – It’s a Novel Life
“A very quick and entertaining fantasy novel that really makes you think.” ***** – Entertainingly Nerdy
Over 2000 worldwide 5 star reviews of the series.
Winner of the Karen Blixen award, the ORLA award, and the BMF award.
About the author:
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 40+ books for MG and YA readers 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 movie and tv series is currently in development.
In 2018 The Devil’s Apprentice came to life on stage in a musical adaption 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.
You can read more on my English website www.kennethbandersen.com
I received an ARC copy from the author but that has in no way influenced my review, which I freely chose to write.
I have been following The Great Devil War, since the first novel, The Devil’s Apprentice, and loved it. I must confess I easily lose patience with series, so that’s saying something (you can check my review of book 4 here) . I’m pleased to report that I enjoyed this instalment too, and I can’t wait for the 6th and last part, although I’m sure I’ll miss the characters once it’s over. One warning to people who hate cliff-hangers, this book ends in one, and it felt a bit shorter than most of the others, as if we were catching up with the characters after a long break and getting ready for the big finale, rather than telling a full story. But it is a good read nonetheless.
It has been a long while since we last heard from Philip, and when we catch up with him, he is not the same boy we met in the first novel. Readers who’ve been following the series don’t need to worry if they’ve read part four a while back, because, at the beginning of the book, Philip keeps pondering about the past and about the decisions that brought him here and that means we can easily get up to speed. Philip is unhappy and thinks he has taken the wrong decision, and of course, we all know that one needs to be careful what one wishes for, and strange things soon start happening. And then, he is back in Hell, but he soon realises that time moves at a different pace there and many things have happened since he was around. I won’t go into a lot of detail about the plot, but I can tell you that we visit Heaven again; Philip gets to spend more time with his father; there is a new character that will take your breath away (and one I’ve come across in other writers’ work as well); and a story development that I think might not come as a total surprise to readers.
There are the usual funny meetings and jokes (yes, you’d be pleased to know that politicians get a very suitable punishment), characters from the Old Testament have plenty of things to say about Jehovah and not all complimentary, and we have an opportunity to catch up our favourite characters.
Although the book starts a bit slow, and we get a look into a Philip more bitter and angry than we are used to, he soon gets thrown into the middle of things and I enjoyed seeing him become more and more determined and independent. There is evidence of a darker side to his character that we had had glimpses of before, but he has grown into a more complex character, and like Satina and even Sam, their experiences and their age have had an impact making them more mature and responsible, although that does not mean they no longer have fun.
I enjoyed catching up with all the characters, meeting the new ones, the interaction between Lucifer and Jehova, and although I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers, I know I won’t have to wait long for the true finale, and there are big and difficult decisions coming Philip’s way.
I recommend it to lovers of fantasy, particularly that to do with angels, demons, mythology, especially those who enjoy series, and of course, to those who have been following the series. This novel is book five in the series, and they should all be read in the right order for readers to enjoy it fully. If you haven’t read the rest, I recommend that you start from the beginning and keep going, and I’m sure I’ll be back soon to tell you about book 6.
Thanks to the author for the novel, thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to like, share, comment, click, review, and always keep smiling and safe!