The Angel of Evil – Book Review #Gifted
The Angel of Evil is the latest addition to ‘The Great Devil War’ series! It has fast become one of my favourite easy-read series with angels, devils and a lot of very cool demons. If you haven’t read any of the books yet then check out my review of book one The Devil’s Apprentice here. This review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the series.
*Please note that I was gifted an e-arc of The Angel of Evil for review purposes. You can check it out on Goodreads here.*
The Angel of Evil – Review
After the dramatic shenanigans in The Wrongful Death, Philip has a lot on his mind! Friends have been lost, Satina has been kidnapped and a war is looming on the horizon. Disobeying Lucifer, he sets forth to save Satina. With much greater risks at stake, will Philip be able to save the day once more?
I really enjoy the characters in this series and it is always fun to see how they have developed. Philip started off as a good boy, earning his ‘angel’ nickname but his inner devil has since come out to play. With the current circumstances Philip is in a dark place. He is haunted by his dreams and guilt, however misplaced. The big difference in this book is that he is angry and coming from Philip that is scary stuff. The thought of losing Satina is too much for him to bear and that fear manifests as anger. I don’t want to say too much more as it would give away the story but I will say that I love how Philip has changed since book one.
There are a lot of familiar characters that make an appearance in The Angel of Evil. Some of my favourites include Ravine, who is a little bit like a demon version of Mrs Weasley; Aziel who has become a much more serious threat and Satina, my favourite tempter. Aziel has become a dark power with a lot of jealousy and anger driving him. It is clear that he is Philip’s equal and opposite. I love a good arch-nemesis!
The world building in The Angel of Evil is just as good as in the previous books. We explore more of Outer Reach and Aziel’s version of New Hell. This book is definitely darker than the rest of the series. When you have a Hell that demon’s don’t enjoy you know that something has gone wrong!
As with the other books, the pace is really good. It is an enjoyable and easy read. This series has been brilliant when I need a break from heavier, more involved fantasy books. It is very fresh and original. There are some great plot twists and I always enjoy unpredictability.
Religion continues to be a strong theme, with a fair few biblical references. Admittedly, these have often been my least favourite parts of the books, which isn’t to say that they are not utilised well in terms of plot.It is merely a personal preference.
Friendship, community and self-sacrifice are also underlying themes. How much are we willing to sacrifice for our friends, our community and the place we call home?
I definitely enjoyed The Angel of Evil and it leaves us in an interesting position for the next book. Once again the world building is excellent! There is a lot of flavour in this series and I think it would make a brilliant TV series. If you like books such as Good Omens then you really need to check out ‘The Great Devil War’ series. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
My apologies for the delay in this review. I have struggled to concentrate on reading during the pandemic. Hopefully I will be able to bring you a glut of new reviews soon.