Why does December always disappear in a blink? All of a sudden time speeds up! Here I am last minute Larry with my contribution to The Devil’s Apprentice reviews.
Many thanks to Dave at The Write Reads as always for bringing us together in another Ultimate Blog Tour.
If you aren’t part of the gang we always have space and a friendly word for new members! Head along to @TheWriteReads or @WriteReadsTours to see what we’re about.
So today I’m giving a ‘first chapters review’ of YA fantasy The Devils Apprentice.
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?
First off I definitely feel this should be marketed toward Middle grade rather than YA. The protagonist is 13 years old and from what I’ve read so far I think a younger audience would be enthralled and definitely connect with Phillip.
The writing flows nicely and is easy to follow. We open with Phillip running from the school bully and I was immediately there beside him. I even held my breath and tried to feel small as he hid! His naivety and innocence is instantly clear to the reader and I wanted to protect this poor child.
The premise of the book is that young Phillip will go on to become apprentice to the Devil himself. From my first impressions I predict The Devil’s Apprentice will reach a heart warming conclusion no matter Lucifer’s attempts to corrupt Phillip- I got that pure, inherently good vibe from his character.
But.. I could be wrong! Have a read yourself and find out.
I reccomend this title as an ideal gift this Christmas for the young readers in your life.
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.