YA Fantasy Book Review | The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen

Book Description

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 gets 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 volume 1 in The Great Devil War-series.

My Review | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favorite character: Satina

This story is full of well-developed characters that come alive on the page, but I chose Satina as my favorite character. Satina is a demon – a temptress – but she demonstrates traits that are more complex than the stereotypical demon. She is loyal, kind, and fearless in the face of injustice. It is because of her that Philip learns about love and forgiveness. And, it is because of her that Philip grows into a complex dichotomous being.

What I Liked About Devil’s Apprentice

The surface story is a lot of fun. It is fast-paced and action-packed, and as a result, the pages fly by. Philips’s story, in particular, thoroughly entertained me and left me curious to learn what happens next.

On the surface, it is a story about a boy who was mistakenly taken to hell to be the devil’s apprentice. But, when I delved deeper, I realized that it is a story about sin and redemption. Even deeper, it is about the complexities of the nature of sin, the pureness of redemption, and the understanding that no one is inherently good or evil. People are the sum of their choices, and a typical person makes some good choices and some bad.

Though the novel is categorized as a YA fantasy, I think it would be just as appealing to an adult audience and would even be an excellent book for book clubs. There are so many layers and complexities in each chapter; I think it would be fun to discuss in a group because each person would see something different from every other person.

The tone reminds me of Neil Gamon’s Good Omens – a sort of tongue-in-cheek satire on hell. And, this portrayal of hell works as an illuminating foil to different aspects of Christian ideals and beliefs.

What I Wish

I wish I had time right now to read the other books in this series. I can’t wait to see where they go.

To Read or Not to Read

If you are age 12 and up, I believe that you will get a lot of enjoyment and a lot to think about from this story.

I was provided with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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