Book Review | The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

Many thanks to Dave at The Write Reads for my spot on this blog tour.

Book Description

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

My Review

Tessa Talks Books rating: Rave (5-stars)

Another fantastic step in Philip’s journey of self-discovery finds him back in Hell to help Death solve a very troubling mystery – Death’s die that determines the life span of every mortal is missing! Unless Philip finds the die, life, as we know it, will forever change, and nowhere will it be felt as profoundly as Heaven and Hell.

What I Loved

It has only been six months in book time since Philip’s last adventure, but already I could see the subtle signs that he is growing and changing from the child he was to the adult he will become. The innocence of youth is giving way to the hormonal urges of the teen years. Nothing shows this more than his relationship with the beautiful Satina. He is starting to see her more maturely, even though he doesn’t understand it.

I loved that Philip is growing not only socially and emotionally but that his awareness of right and wrong is also maturing. Six months ago, he behaved and did the right things because it was expected of him, but now he makes choices with his eyes more open to the ramifications of his decision. He doesn’t resist sin just because it wouldn’t occur to him to do any different, but because he knows it is wrong and is unwilling to walk that path, no matter how tempting.

I also love that Philip is having an impact on Hell. From the shrinking horns of demons that celebrate his goodness to a more forgiving Satan. His presence has been influencing the citizens of Hell more than they are even aware. I will be curious to see where this goes in future books.

The mystery aspect is fun. I never in a million years would have guessed who stole the die and why they did it, but boy was it an exciting twist in the overall story. The Die of Death is a story, unlike the last story, that explores death from many different points of view and in many different ways. It is a raw emotional look at the importance of family and the role death plays in making life more enjoyable.

To Read or Not to Read

I fell in love with this series after reading the first book, and the second book continues my love of Philip’s story and the many layers contained within.

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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