The Devil’s Apprentice | By Kenneth B Anderson

The Devil's Apprentice
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Published: 8th October 2018, 30th September 2005
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

I received an e-copy of the book from @TheWriteReads for the #UltimateBlogTour

 

 

 

My thoughts

 

 

Narrative and Plot

One of the most important things about Fantasy books, is the world building, since it sets the stage for a convincing story. Otherwise no matter how strong your plot is, it becomes hard to believe the events. On that regard, The Devil’s Apprentice nails it in terms of building a “Hell” of a world. ( Pun intended) It takes something that we are all familiar with and creates a fictional world with eccentric characters. Now I am a non-Christian reader. So I might have missed a few references. But even with the limited knowledge, I could put two and two together.

There is a version of hell that we all have been taught as kids. This book brings out that version only in a slightly different way. The plot building is engaging as well. If you look closely, you can easily pick the twists. But, there is a fascinating world and characters that can keep you distracted.

 

 

Characters and Conflicts

 

 

 

Philip is your angel human boy and the protagonist whom you’re rooting for. He is innocent, kind and gullible. But is that a virtue or vice is a debate for another day. Your main character is definitely the one you can connect with in this fantasy world.

I don’t know if I’m using the right term here but there is an unmistakably deep metaphor going on throughout the story. Every human being is born as an innocent kid and is only tempted towards his actions as he or she grows up. Philip is no different. The descent or ascent of his character is what the entire plot depends upon.

 

Lucifer is the good devil? Or is he really. The entire ensemble cast did a great job moving the plot forward. Satina is likable despite her temptations. The conflict in the book is quite an interesting one. Philip needs to be evil and yet the inherent instinct as a person is not wanting him to turn. The conflict somehow transcends into the reader as well.

The ending somewhat left me thinking. Is being a little bad good after all?

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

The Devil’s Apprentice delivers a clear message. Nothing can be just good or evil. Life is a balance of both. It depends on the individual to draw that line on the sand. On that note, pick up this book with an open mind and enjoy the ride. It will definitely make you think.

 

 

 

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