It’s Good to Be Evil, Sometimes…. Book Review for “The Devil’s Apprentice” by Kenneth B. Andersen

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5 out of 5 Stars!

Thank you to Shannon with Reads & Reels Book Tours for having me on this tour!


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?

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.

My Thoughts

In a world without evil “There is no envy, so there are no sports leagues or competition. The killer instinct is dead, because if you lose you’re not angry or disappointed – you’re happy for your competitor. And when the loser’s joy is equal to the winner’s, what’s the point in playing? Books and films would be about nothing, because in this world there are no bad guys to be captured and therefore no heroes.”

Wow. Did this book ever have me thinking! It’s very true that without evil, there can be no good. Plus, HOW BORING WOULD A WORLD OF ALL GOOD BE?? Also, who’s to say what IS good and evil, anyways? If my friend asks if those jeans make her look fat, and I say no (when they ABSOLUTELY DO!) Does this make me an evil person? Hell, if I tell her they DO make her look fat…. is that any more “good”?? It’s all a world of grey out there and the only thing we can do is learn to walk that fine line.

I absolutely LOVED all of the tie-in’s with the biblical references…. usually I start rolling my eyes when religion is brought into something. But, how do you have a book about Lucifer and Hell without reference to God and Heaven? And, this was done very well! (I really want to read the book in Lucifer’s study “The Bible- As the Devil reads it”… can someone figure out where I can find a copy? Would we think differently about him?

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“We can’t see without light, but we can’t see without darkness, either. We need both to be able to navigate.”

This book (even though I hate comparing things to other things…. sometimes I can’t help it) is a little bit of “Labyrinth, a little bit of Piers Anthony’s “Incarnations of Immortality” (one of my ALL TIME favourite series!), and a little bit of “The Wizard of Oz”. So, I guess what I’m saying, is that it was ALL PARTS FANTASTIC!


Amazon U.S.

Amazon Canada

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Or, Better yet, Just pick up the 3 Book Series!!!

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O.k. I believe that I’m done yelling at all of you for today….

Author Bio

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… 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.

Author Links

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The Devil’s Apprentice is Best Served with a Devil’s Blood Cocktail


  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Jagermeister
  • 1 oz Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz Sour Apple Schnapps
  • Dash of Grenadine


  1. Pour all ingredients into Shaker full of ice
  2. Shake until chilled (15-20 seconds)
  3. Strain into glass
  4. Cheers!!


12 thoughts on “It’s Good to Be Evil, Sometimes…. Book Review for “The Devil’s Apprentice” by Kenneth B. Andersen

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  1. Hi Nicole! Thanks for a great review! So glad you liked the book! Hope you’ll give book 2 and 3 a go as well. I can mail them to you or you can get them from Shannon (Reads & Reels). Book 4 comes out October 20th. Have a great weekend! Kenneth B. Andersen. PS. I’ll definately try that Devil’s Blood cocktail 🙂

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    1. Hi Kenneth! Thanks for checking out my review, and I already got book 2 and 3 from Shannon. I’m thinking I’m going to want to get the paperback copies of the series as well! I hope you like the cocktail. I’ll be putting a picture of it up with the review later and it’ll be up on my Instagram, as well.

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