Kenneth B. Andersen (1976) is an award-winning Danish writer. He has published more than forty books for children and young adults, including both fantasy, horror, and science fiction. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages and his hit-series about the superhero Antboy has been turned into
three movies. A musical adaptation of The Devil’s Apprentice, the first book in The Great Devil War series, opened in the fall 2018 and film rights for the series have been optioned. Kenneth lives in Copenhagen with his wife, two boys, a dog named Milo, and spiders in the basement.
Philip’s adventures as the Devil’s apprentice have changed him—in a good way. Although he misses his friends in Hell, he has made new friends in life.
But when the future of the underworld is threatened once again, Philip’s help is needed. Death’s Die has been stolen and immortality is spreading across the globe.
Philip throws himself into the search—and discovers a horrible truth about his own life along the way.
The Die of Death is volume 2 in The Great Devil War-series and winner of the ORLA-Award.
The Great Devil War-series is a humorous and gripping tale about good and evil, filled with biblical and historical characters, such as Judas, Goliath, and Pontius Pilate, as well as modern figures such as Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, and many more.
The Great Devil War-series is a Danish bestseller, topping library and school reading lists among teens and young adults. The books have been published in more than ten countries and have won numerous awards.
I loved The Devil’s Apprentice when I read it last year, so when Dave contacted me asking if I wanted to take part in a blog tour for the second book I jumped at the chance to head back to Hell with Phillip. This book was just as good as the first, with an equally intriguing story line and a fantastic bunch of characters.
Phillip is happy to be alive, really. After his last stint in Hell he appreciates life all the more, but there is a small part of him that misses it. After having a day where he has nearly died numerous times, he wakes in the night to hearing an old man yell for help and braves the storm outside to go an help. Only it’s not just any old man, its Death and he does in fact need Phillips help. Someone has stole his Die, and unable to determine the lifeline of newly born people they are showing as immortal. Something that should’t be possible. Phillip is willing to help, but it’s only when he has a personal stake in the Die being found that he puts his skills to work.
Phillip has grown quite a bit in between books and we see this easily enough in his return to Hell, he isn’t as susceptible to the ‘bad traits’ as last time, though not quite the ‘Angel’ he was in the first book. He seems to have found a balance between the good and evil, and it was great being able to follow his character growth. I love how he rubs off on the characters from Hell, we see them apologising and acting almost nice, which is something that has only happened since Phillip’s visit to Hell.
We get to travel a bit more through Hell in this book, finding new parts and also travelling to the home of death itself. Anderson manages to make Hell creepy, disturbing and yet at times humorous which is rare but makes this story open to different types of readers. I for one don’t like stories that are too dark, and though some of the parts of Hell we get to visit would certainly fit into that category, he gives us characters with a disturbing and yet realistic sense of humour that breaks enough of the tension to lighten the mood a little.
Anderson’s writing style flows with ease and allows you as the reader to fly though chapters, not quite realising how much you’ve read until you stop. He really manages to make you believe that the Hell he creates is what actually exists and you can easily, if not willingly, picture the different forms of torture he describes and all the different parts of Hell we get to visit.
A great second book in an intriguing and completely fresh series. Not something I would have picked for myself and yet I find myself completely invested in Phillip’s story and will certainly be picking up the rest of the series.