Right now, escaping to some other world is exactly what’s needed to get through the day. Not worrying about going to supermarket, washing your hands or missing family – the break is lovely respite from a genuine once in a lifetime event.
So, when I had the opportunity to escape into the next part of one of my favourite book series, I couldn’t wait to jump in.
The Wrongful Death, by Kenneth B. Andersen, is the third instalment in The Great Devil War series. You can check out my reviews of books one and two here:
As always, a massive thank you to Dave (and the gang!) at WriteReads for giving me a spot on their Ultimate Blog Tour. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Wrongful Death
Author: Kenneth B. Andersen
Page count: 322
After a series of unfortunate events lead to Philip accidentally being involved in the premature death of one of his friends, we join Philip in Hell once again to try and make right his mistake. But all is not well in the hottest place in the universe, and something bad is looming in the darkness.
I can’t stop talking about the world building.
I say this with every book, but the world building is just spectacular. Whether it be describing Paradise and the Tree of Life, or the dark and gloom and Hades’ Underworld, the rich and beautiful language transports you into the pages.
There’s a cleverness to the descriptions that I just adore. Of course wild animals won’t attack you in Paradise because nothing bad ever happens there but I’d never really thought about it before. Seeing it on the page made me (a) howl with laughter and, (b) appreciate these books a hell of a lot more (excuse the pun…)
Sam got his time
I’ve always enjoyed reading about Sam. Whether it be whoever is “Condemned of Week” or his protecting of Philip, I’ve always been rooting for him (when I really shouldn’t have been!).
So, when Sam played a major part in The Wrongful Death, I was thrilled.
For him to end up with Hades was perfect – who else would be bad enough to contain him? Certainly no Lucifer… And then for him to make friends in Hell and to teach the demons some tricks, it was just perfect development. Hopefully the ending of this book means that we see Sam in book four too (I haven’t read it yet, don’t tell me!)
That creeping sense of foreboding
You couldn’t ignore it in this book.
In The Die of Death, you knew people weren’t happy. They were chucking rotten fruit at the statue of Philip and generally being a more demonic than usual.
The Wrongful Death, however, is completely different. People are disappearing at night to go and join and rumoured army in the Outer Reach. The gates are shut and guarded and you need a pass to leave. Someone tries to frame Satina’s father…
Then there’s that cliffhanger ending and I just…
The Wrongful Death is out now!
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.