Title: The Devil's Apprentice Author: Kenneth B. Anderson Pages: 311 Publisher: Høst & Søn Published: 30th September 2005 Rating: 4/5 stars
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. Philip is terrible at being bad, but Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training him in the ways of evil. Philip makes 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 Devil’s Apprentice is a funny, action-packed, immersive story full of amazing characters (both good and evil), monsters and creatures that hide in the shadows. The Devil’s Apprentice follows Philip, a kind, caring, helpful boy who always looks out for others. He doesn’t have a rotten bone in his body. He is currently the target of Sam, the school bully, and the most evil person Philip has ever met. After a horrible accident, Philip is sent to Hell – in Sam’s place – to become the Devil’s heir. What follows is the most funny series of events I’ve read this year.
Philip must learn how to be evil, which proves to be very difficult for him, much to Lucifer’s fury. During his time in Hell, he is given assignments by Lucifer, and every time he fails by being too nice. Along the way he meets Aziel and Flux, two devil boys who enjoy causing trouble, and Satina, a demon and a temptress, who is as kind-hearted as Philip himself. Together, Philip and Satina work together to uncover a dark plot brewing against Lucifer and his throne.
The Devil’s Apprentice is full of funny moments including: a talking cat (who is quite sassy), a talking door knocker, who unfortunately gets hit in the nose every time someone knocks on the door (poor guy), and self-writing books.
When Philip arrives in Hell, all I could think about was this meme 😂:
I would highly recommend picking up The Devil’s Apprentice! You won’t be disappointed. This book is so immersive and really well written! I can’t wait to start reading book 2! Hope you all enjoyed my review 😀 Have you read The Devil’s Apprentice yet? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments 😀 Bye guys, happy reading! xx
About the author
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.
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