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 this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I have a lot of thoughts about this book! It’s pretty slow to start, and I struggled to get into it if I’m honest. But I really liked Phillip’s journey in hell, and it grew on me as I read on. If this had been written as a middle grade book, I’d have been all over it. All the elements are there! The first friendship, the rivalry, changing as you learn about who you are and who you’re comfortable being. Plus a nifty little mystery plot. But mostly I’m frustrated it wasn’t quite written that way as I felt it had great potential.
I struggled a little more with the more serious Hell stuff – the history and religious bits. And with the start – Samuel seemed so very overdone.
But the parts I mentioned above were all my favourites. They are incredibly well done! Especially the mystery, which is properly fun. A good romp just over sold as something different, I feel. But enjoyable enough that I may well read the next book 😀
Buy The Devil’s Apprentice from Amazon UK.