Also by this author: The Devil's Apprentice (The Great Devil War, #1), The Wrongful Death (The Great Devil War #3)
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.
Thanks to Dave from The Write Reads for hosting the follow-up book tours for the other books by Kenneth. B. Andersen. The Die of Death is the second book in the Great Devil War series. I enjoyed the first one so I didn’t mind joining the ride for another adventure in Hell.
The story follows up the events from the first book perfectly. The stage is set so now is the time to focus more on the characters. Most of the characters we met in the first book make an appearance in the second. I liked how the author added more tidbits from myths and the Bible, and gave it a spin. It’s nice. They’re the inside jokes that make you laugh if you’re an initiate.
It’s still filled with humour and mystery. You’ll get hints along the way and if you pick them up, you know pretty early on what’s what. For a middle grade book that isn’t so bad. For a young adult book, I’d rather have a bit more mystery until the end.
I still feel like the author is holding my hand and tells me what happens instead of letting me witness it on my own. He cuts off dialogue in scenes and exchanges it for exposition. This isn’t what you want. Show the story. This is especially frustrating when it’s always the last bit of the scene. Just cut the scene short or wrap it up nicely.
I rate The Die of Death 3,5 stars. It was enjoyable and I think the middle grade age group is perfect for it. They’ll probably enjoy it even more than me. I see too many flaws in the writing to give it a higher rating, but that doesn’t stop me from recommending it.