#review #5stars The Die of Death, by Kenneth Andersen @K_B_Andersen @RRBookTours1 #TheGreatDevilWar #YAFantasy #YAReads #YABooks #RRBookTours


Welcome to the first leg of the multi-book tour for The Great Devil War series by Kenneth B. Andersen! I’m so glad that I chose to review this for the tour!  I really enjoyed the first book, and loved the second one just as much! 2020 is really off to  a great start for me, with everything bookish really!!  I’ve already read so many great books!  Hopefully I can keep handing out all of these four and five star reviews as the year progresses, because it’s been AWESOME! 

MY REVIEW 5stars:

First off, don’t let the title of this book fool you. Although Death is indeed a physical, human-like being in the story, it isn’t actually about him dying like you might at first assume by the title. Death, the creepy old man that he is, rolls dice with another HUGE player in the game of life and afterlife, to determine the life-span of humans. I know, crafty, right?!  I thought that aspect was pretty cool myself!

The character of Death was introduced in Book 1 of the series, of course, and continues to maintain a huge ‘roll’ in the Great Devil War tale as a whole… as he should be!

In The Die of Death, his die has been stolen!! *gasp* Who would do such a thing?! Thus is the mystery of this installment of the series. Phillip is the young boy who was meant to be the Devil’s accessor in book one -by mistake, mind you- but who solved the conundrum of the Devil knocking on Death’s door rather than assuming his role in the underworld. In book two, Phillip has been brought back to hell in order to help Death out in solving this new mystery. He makes a deal with Death, that he will do his best in finding the culprit and returning his die for an exchange of ONE roll. Phillip wants very badly to extend the life of his dying mother on earth. She’s very sick and is running out of time.

While he’s in Hell, for the second go around, many things have changed, yet many things remain the same. Hell is still it’s devastating self, full of monsters, evil doers, the torturing of the condemned all around, AND bonding friendships oddly enough. Satina, the tempter/mini-devil who’s also Phillip’s bestie/crush, was waiting for Phillip at the gate. She brings Phillip to Death’s house, where the two are introduced to his basement.

This dark and creepy place holds the hour glasses of time for each and every human, the sand within reveals their most important memories, along with the way they die. Yet, because of the missing Dice all humans born during its absence are stuck in a strange state of immortality. They can’t die, if Death cannot play his part in their predetermined game of life-span dice rolling. These humans have an hourglass that is tipped on its side. Once Phillip makes his agreement with Death, he begins the grueling task of searching for clues. What he and Satina uncover, one step at a time is shocking!

I really enjoyed every single page of this book. It’s written very well, and it reads in a fun lighthearted way. At one point, Phillip even goes to devil school with Satina, where all the little devils are itching to tourture him in one way or another. He isn’t like them, he’s more of an angel, so naturally they’re at odds. They get the admiration of him out the way quick, because he did save them from the worst young devil of all in the first book. After that, the trickery and evil doings begin. That’s kind of a fun journey inside of Phillip’s bigger mission.

At another point in the book, Phillip is tricked by another condemned soul that had escaped years before, yet comes back to try and luer Phillip out of hell. He makes Phillip believe that he’s his father and he’s come to take him to Heaven where he belongs. Who this soul actually is, is a shocker too!

By breaking back into Hell, and trying to get Phillip away from solving the mystery he actually winds up giving Phillip and Satina just the clue they’ve been looking for! Hands down five stars AGAIN. Kudo’s Kenneth, you’ve created quite the world, here in Hell. As well as all the places beyond Hell for that matter!  I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

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This month is all about the second installment in the series, The Die of Death, and I’m excited to share an excerpt from the book, and a chance to win a digital copy of your own!

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The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2)

Publication Date: October 5th, 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

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.

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“Why did you bring me back?” Philip asked. “And why was it so difficult?”

Mortimer’s laughter stopped abruptly.

“Two questions with the same answer,” Death said, setting his coffee mug down. His hand shook faintly, Philip noticed. “Because the reason that you were able to stay alive as long as you did is the very reason that I’ve brought you here.” He sighed heavily and closed his eyes. Closed them for so long that Philip almost thought he’d fallen asleep. Then he opened his eyes again, slowly, and the gray eyes looked mournfully at Philip. “My die was stolen.”

“Your die?” Philip repeated, surprised, and automatically gazed at Mortimer’s chest, where the hundred-sided die should have hung from a silver necklace. One of the two great dice. Death’s die. The one that gave newborns their life-years. But there was no necklace. No die. “When?”

“About two weeks ago. At first, I thought I’d misplaced it, that I’d put it somewhere. I searched the entire house before I realized.”

“Realized what?” Satina asked.

“That the front door was ajar. Someone had been here. Someone had been here and had stolen my die while I slept.”

“Do you have any idea who it might be?”

Mortimer shook his head. “I have no clue. But it must be someone who knows me well. Knows my habits. I sleep just once a year, you see. On April thirty-first, when spring has arrived, Vita’s working overtime, and everything is in bloom. That’s when I get my deep sleep. You remember Vita, right Philip?”

Philip nodded. He remembered Vita very well. She was Mortimer’s sister. Philip had met her the last time he was in Hell. She was the one who brought him back to life. She was life.

Then it hit him, exactly what Mortimer had said, and he counted the months on his knuckles. January, February, March, April. No, there weren’t 31 days in April. And another thing…

“You said the die was stolen two weeks ago,” he said. “But half a year has passed since April?”

“For you, yes,” Death replied. “But time is different down here, remember.”

“Oh yeah,” Philip said, a little irritated for not figuring that out himself. Hadn’t he just determined there was no such thing as April 31st? Of course, time was different down here. Everything was different down here.

“This is a calamity!” The old man stood and began to pace the floor, shaking his head in despair. “Without my die, every child born in the world will be immortal. The consequences will be horrific for those poor people, who won’t have death to look forward to.”

“Death isn’t exactly something people look forward to, is it?” objected Philip cautiously.

Mortimer paused, staring at him. “Yes, it is,” he said in a voice verging on a snarl. “They just don’t know it.”

“I don’t understand.”

“And Lucifer said you were such a bright boy. But then again, he is the Father of Lies,” Death muttered. He moved to the window and looked out at the evening darkness as it sank swiftly across the bleak countryside. “Many people would say the same thing, Philip. That death is something terrible, a necessary evil best avoided.”

“Well… isn’t it?”

“No!” shouted Mortimer, startling both Philip and Satina. His old eyes sparkled. “I’m humanity’s greatest fear because there’s no greater fear than that of death. But that’s not the way it should be! The truth is, people don’t realize just how much they should appreciate me. Death isn’t an unfortunate consequence of life; on the contrary, Death is what makes life worth living. Men and women value only that which they might lose. Don’t you see? Without death, life is uninteresting and utterly meaningless.”

Philip didn’t entirely understand what Mortimer was saying. And yet… maybe he did. “It’s like what Lucifer said. Without evil there is no good. You can’t have one without the other. And the same goes for life and death?”

“Exactly!” Mortimer thrust out his arms. “Without death, the joy of life is killed by life itself! And that’s not even the worst of it. How would the world look in just fifty years? Think about all those poor wretches who’ve been seriously injured, but whose heart continues to beat. Victims of traffic accidents, of earthquakes, fires, floods. Terrible, terrible! The world would be populated by living corpses who wish for nothing more than the peace that comes with death, but their wishes would never be fulfilled. Can you imagine that?”

Satina said nothing, but Philip had to swallow twice. Yes, he could imagine it. He could see it all too clearly, and he could feel the nausea burbling in his gut at the frightening scenario Death described.

“When you roll your die,” Philip said, “what happens exactly?”

“That’s a huge question,” Death said, gazing deeply into his eyes. “Can your mind handle the answer?”

“Try me.”

“When the die is cast, the sand begins to run.”

Philip glanced at Satina, who shook her head to show she didn’t understand either. “What do you mean?”

Mortimer stepped slowly toward him. Shadows covered his face like a black spiderweb. His eyes were concealed in darkness.

“Are you afraid, Philip?” he asked. His voice was dry as the fire crackling in the woodstove. “Are you afraid of death?”

Philip’s first impulse was to nod. Because he was afraid of Death, afraid of this odd, ancient man who’d been around since the origins of life, who had seen civilizations rise and fall, who had seen so many ghastly things that it had snuffed out the light in his eyes. But he surprised himself by shaking his head. “No. I’m not afraid. I’m already dead.”

Mortimer seemed to consider this response carefully. Then his mouth twisted into a wry smile.

“Come along,” he said. “I will show you something no human being has ever seen.”

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About the Author



… and I began writing when I was a teenager. My first book was a really awful horror novel titled Nidhug’s Slaves. It didn’t get published. Luckily.

During the next 7 years, I wrote nearly 20 novels–all of which were rejected–while working as a school teacher. The rest of the time I spent writing.

In 2000 I published my debut fantasy book, The Battle of Caïssa, and that’s when things really took off. Since then I’ve published more than thirty-five books for children and young adults in genres ranging from fantasy to horror and science fiction.

My books have been translated into more than 15 languages and my series about the superhero Antboy has been adapted for film, which is available on Netflix. An animated tv series is currently in development.

A musical of The Devil’s Apprentice opened in the fall 2018 and the movie rights for the series have also been optioned.

I live in Copenhagen with my wife, two boys, a dog named Milo and spiders in the basement.

About THE GREAT DEVIL WAR: The Great Devil War was published in Denmark from 2005-2016, beginning with The Devil’s Apprentice.

Even though the story (mostly) takes place in Hell and deals with themes like evil, death and free will, it is also a humoristic tale about good and evil seen from a different perspective. A tale that hopefully will make the reader – young or old, boy or girl – laugh and think.

Welcome to the other side!

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Keep a look out for next month’s tour for The Wrongful Death (The Great Devil War #3)! The blog tour will run from February 24th to the 29th. Don’t miss it!

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Blog Tour Schedule (and BTW there’s a reason there are so many reviews on this tour. Most of us have read the first in the series, and are HOOKED! Of course we’re reviewing book two…. and likely the rest in the series too, because WOW!)

January 27th

Books Teacup & Review (Spotlight) https://booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com/

Turning the Pages (Review) https://turningthepagesonline.wordpress.com/

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Spotlight) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com

Jaunts & Haunts (Review) https://jonathanpongratz.com/

January 28th

Didi Oviatt (Review) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/

The Bookworm Drinketh (Review) http://thebookwormdrinketh.wordpress.com/ 

Rambling Mads (Spotlight) http://ramblingmads.com

 January 29th

Books to Get Lost In (Spotlight) https://bookstogetlostin.blogspot.com

Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Spotlight) www.bansheeirishhorrorblog.com

The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

January 30th

Life’s a Novelty (Review) https://lifesanovelty.blogspot.com/

Scarlett Readz & Runz (Spotlight) https://scarlettreadzandrunz.com/

Phantom of the Library (Review) https://phantomofthelibrary.com/

January 31st

Reads & Reels (Review) http://readsandreels.com

Entertainingly Nerdy (Review) https://www.entertaininglynerdy.com

Misty’s Book Space (Review) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Great review! I l know you would love it! So what date should I put you down for for the tour for The Wrongful death at the end of next month lol?

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    1. Lol I DO, I enjoy these books a lot!! 🤩
      Any day really, sign me up! ❤

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