I’m reviewing The Angel of Evil, by Kenneth B. Andersen as part of The Write Reads Blog Tour. I’d love to thank Dave for organizing this tour and the author for offering me a free copy.

The Angel of Evil coverTitle: The Angel of Evil

Author: Kenneth B. Andersen

Genre: Fantasy

Publication date: 2019

Rating: 5

Book description

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.

My Thoughts on The Angel of Evil

Kenneth B Andersen’s Angel Of Evil is the 4th book in The Great Devil War series and the darkest by far. The previous book, The Wrongful Death, ended on a cliffhanger with Satina being kidnapped. Without giving too much away, I can say that the story picks up right where The Wrongful Death ended. As expected, Philip defies Lucifer’s orders and goes after Satina in the Outer Reach.

The Great Devil War series started as a humorous adventure story with some dark notes in The Devil’s Apprentice, and as the story progressed, the books got much darker and the plot more intense while the humor ebbed away. This is not a complaint, merely an observation.

Characters

I feel that with each book in this series, the stakes got higher, and with that, the risks increase. This makes for a great character arc, and we get to see Philip evolve from a shy, respectful, good boy with a pure heart to a real devil embracing his dark side. In truth, it isn’t until Satina is taken that his dark side emerges. When shove comes to push, Philip let’s go of his humanity and embraces the devil within.

We get to see a little bit of Ravina, who’s my favorite supporting character. And we get to see Lucifer shocked at Philip’s change. You know things are bad when Lucifer remains speechless!

Aziel is the ultimate villain, who only gets from bad to worse, a despicable monster with no redeeming qualities.

Funny thought

I think this book (actually, the whole series) could be studied in school when they teach about symbolism. There is plenty to talk about, but I won’t do it now because this is a review, not a literary analysis. As a kid, I didn’t like reading, mostly because the books in the curriculum were outdated and boring (or so I thought at the time). I would have devoured a book (series) like this.

Themes

The Angel of Evil is a bit more emotionally charged, darker, and there’s no shortage of cruelty. Ironically, Hell and its devils are the good guys. Once he embraces his devil side, Philip turns into a skilled devil (yes, with horns, tail, and bat wings) who manages to change his appearance to fool people into thinking he’s someone else, and that will come in handy in his plan to free Satina.

The major themes in this book are the battle between good and evil, (or should I say evil and eviler), deception, and most importantly, love. For the sake of love, Philip would go to the end of the world.
What I loved about The Angel of Evil is that it ties some of the loose ends from previous books. We finally find out why Philip’s father wasn’t in Heaven when Philip was looking for him.

Another thing that makes me love this book is that Anderson manages to keep things real. Just like in real life, actions have consequences. Also, the fact that there’s nothing predictable in this story keeps you by the edge of your seat. The ending was well handled, and I can’t wait to see where the next story takes Philip.

What comes next?

I have already received an ARC for the next book in the series, The Fallen Angel, and I can’t wait to delve into the story.

The Fallen AngelIt’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.

 

 

About the author

Kenneth B. AndersenKenneth B. Andersen is an international bestselling author. He has published more than 35 books and they have been translated into more than 15 languages. His series about the superhero Antboy has been turned into three movies, which are available on Netflix.


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