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for gifting me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Title: The Die of Death
Series: The Great Devil War II
Author: Kenneth B. Andersen
Published January 2020
Age Range: Middle Grade
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 absolutely loved this one. And I can’t even tell you what I liked most! The world, the atmosphere, the writing style, the twists? The characters?
Well, maybe I can … the characters! They are just all so lovable!! From Philip and Satina to Grumblebeard and Ravine, Satina’s parents … just everyone.
Right from the first sentence I was hooked again and immersed in the world and story once again. Philip’s Apprenticeship has changed him. He’s still mostly good, but the little bumps on his forehead prove that just a little bit of what he learned in hell stuck with him.
He managed to find friends and isn’t opposed to the occasional mischief. But something seems wrong because on the way to stealing pears with his peers
(hihi) he comes close to dying multiple times!
And well, when Death stands in his garden and asks for help … well, we’re set for another hellish adventure!
The reunion with Satina was very cute but my fav was definitely when he met Lucifer again. That was both hilarious and absolutely adorable!!
I loved seeing all the characters again, Ravine, Grumblebeard, Satina’s parents!
The characters are what makes this series so much fun and so heartwarming!
Philip definitely doesn’t have it easy this time around. The stakes are incredibly high! Not only for Mortimer, the whole world but also for Philip personally. He goes through emotional turmoil and has a lot to come to terms with.
The Die of Death is also the start for a bigger overarching plot. Some devils start to get … restless and start to question The Devil. I’m really looking forward to The Wrongful Death to see how this will all play out.
I loved to learn more about the world in this installment! We got glimpses of The Purgatory and other afterworlds that are rooted in other faiths than Christianity like reincarnation. I really like the worldbuiding in this series, it’s fascinating to get to know hell more and get new little things with each new book. The hourglasses and Death in particular were really intriguing.
Philip and Satina both learn a lot about life, death, how the world works and about themselves. The theme of family was strong in this one. We get to know a bit more about his parents, his father in particular.
Philip has to make some tough choices.
I think it was perfect how everything ended. It makes one curious to read the next book and to dive depper into hell.
The writing was just as great as in the first book. It’s immersive and the pages just flew by! I enjoyed it immensly.
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.