The Devil is retiring… but who’s taking over? In the house with no front door, a group of teenagers are trapped in assorted dimensions of myth and history, undergoing the trials that will shape them to step into his cloven footwear – or destroy them…The Devil is retiring… but who’s taking over?
When teenage Pen inherits the job of caretaker for a London building with no doors and only a secret entrance from the caretaker’s lodge – which she must never use – little does she know it will lead her into unbelievable danger.
For Azmordis, also known as Satan, a spirit as old as Time and as powerful as the Dark, Immortality is running out. In the house with no front door, a group of teenagers are trapped in assorted dimensions of myth and history, undergoing the trials that will shape them to step into his cloven footwear – or destroy them.
Assisted by only by an aspiring teenage chef called Gavin and Jinx, a young witch with more face-piercing than fae-power, Pen must try to stop the Devil’s deadly game plan – before it’s too late.
This book was provided to me as an ARC via Netgalley. It’s expected publication date is September 24 of this year.
Personally, I thought this book was pretty good. There’s a lot of imagination and original idea themes to this book that I really liked, but I think what really stood out to me about this book was the characters. I loved all of the characters and the way Jan Siegel crafted the story around them, but I didn’t like how the narration kept bouncing around from character to character. It was harder to keep track of all the different characters, and just when you thought you understood one side of the story another person would pop in.
Still though, that added another element to The Devil’s Apprentice as it progressed. Throughout the story, I felt that the beginning was there to present the rest of the story, and then the ending was the masterpiece. The way everything turned out the revelations/twists to the story were what made it strong.
I think that Jan Siegel has the same problem as L.J. Smith, author of The Forbidden Game and yes, The Vampire Diaries. In her writing, I could see her talent of description coming out. Jan Siegel has this talent in a different way than Jay Kristoff and L.J. Smith though. The talent that Jay Kristoff and L.J. Smith have is the ability to create analogies and descriptions that are clear, precise and beautifully written. The talent that Jan Siegel has is the ability to create analogies and descriptions that are interesting to read, clear and well-written. It’s the same talent, just with different skills. And I find that many authors that have this talent don’t show it off as much as they should. I admire Jay Kristoff for his ability to recognize how much he should use his skill, and his ability to recognize when he shouldn’t.
The other things I didn’t like about this book was mostly nit-picking. Some of the words were spelled wrong in this book, or some passages made it so that I would have to re-read them a few times to really understand them. Like I said, nit-picking. The major stuff was really good, actually. Characters, plot-line, twists and turns, overall story, all of that was great. I appreciated the thriller and humor themes to the plot and characters. A very amusing story that’s worth a read. 4 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 384
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