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The Devil's Apprentice

(Den Store Djævlekrig #1)

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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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published October 8th 2018 (first published September 30th 2005)
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#1 The Devil's Apprentice - ★★★★★



Possibly the best Young-Adult Fantasy I have read this year. Enter and discover Hell and see how it works, meet the Devil and learn why we need evil in order to be good! A fantastic story and great adventures await in Hell. Read this at your own risk!

I was lucky enough to receive the first two books of The Great Devil War Series by the author himself. I haven’t heard about Kenneth B. Andersen before, but after r
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Regitze
I understand why so many are up in arms about this book, why they are flailing over KBA's world. My only regret is not reading it sooner, because it was great. So great.

I will definitely be continuing this series and immediately!
Birgitte Bach
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bogen har en helt forrygende og sjov humor. Jeg grinede højt flere gange, dog synes jeg den mister lidt af flowet til sidst. Men generelt var jeg godt underholdt det meste af tiden.

Historien er lyttet som lydbog og jeg var meget imponeret over forfatterens behagelige og helt perfekte oplæsning.
Anne-sophie Olsen
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, demons, doubt
If you like Dennis Jürgensen, then this is a must read book, as it's universe is very similar to that of this other author.

An epic and fun journey into the depths of hell and the soul of humankind.
Ida Skovhus
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Virkelig virkelig god bog! fantastisk skrevet og et rigtig godt plot! endelig er der en forfatter der tør tage en ind i selveste helvede! dette er en oplevelse man ikke må gå glip af!
Anna
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically the Danish Percy Jackson I loved this series sooo much Satina was my absolute favourite character (childhood icon) although she, in hindsight, sounds like the character Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way was based on. Anyway I love this and I still have the 2 or 3 first books xx
Anna
Min søn har for ganske nylig læst denne serie, og han var ganske opslugt af den, så nu ville jeg også give den et forsøg. Jeg blev rigtig positivt overrasket. Det overordnede plot er, at den ellers meget artige dreng Filip havner i helvede ved en fejl, udset til at være Djævelens efterfølger. Underverdenen er virkelig opfindsomt beskrevet på en måde som minder lidt om Inferno i Dantes Guddommelige Komedie. Der er masser af humor og sjove episoder, som når Filip møder en gammel lærer eller flere ...more
Oliver Clausen
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books, fantasy
Sikke en god roman! Den er helt klart den mest sjove i serien, da de andre bøger er ret mørke, og ikk lige så mange lyse øjeblikke.
Fillips rejse som djævelens lærling, bragte mange gode minder, fra da jeg læste sen første gang. Man skal virkelig nyde dem, fordi hvis man ikke stopper, i fornuftig tid, kan man ikke stoppe! Det var også meget sjovt at genopdage sjo små detaljer om verden, da de ikke er så vigtige, men samtidig er.
Eva Lavrikova
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-have
Jedna z tých veľmi fajn YA fantasy, ktorým to človek rád uverí - funkčný a premyslený alternatívny svet, uveriteľné postavy, napínavá zápletka, prirodzené dialógy, vtipné momenty... čítalo sa to veľmi dobre, prekladá skvele. Už teraz sa vyslovene teším na ďalšie diely.
Olga Miret
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am writing this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, if you’re looking for reviews, I recommend you check her amazing site here), and I thank her and the author for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.
This is a fun book. Written in the third-person form the point of view of Philip, a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother and who lost his father when he was very young, this novel is suitable for younger readers and also for adults. I
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Manni_Willy
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
jeg kan rigtig godt lide sådan nået med andre væsener. Denne bog var rigtig god. klart en af mine yndlingsbøger
Annette Petersen
Phillip is probably one of the most good hearted boys ever. Not as in, you really want to strangle him, because he's just too good.
He's just the kind of boy you would like as your friend.
By a twist of fate he ends up in Hell as the Devil's apprentice.
This causes Lucifer no end of grief, because a boy as good hearted as Phillip, really is ill suited to become the next Master of Hell.
Or is he?

I enjoyed the world building, the different ways of punishing the sinners in Hell and how he incorporated
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Ann Katrine Kristensen
Jeg ved godt at denne bog er til et lidt yngre publikum men jeg elsker at følge med i hvad der sker i den målgruppes bøger så jeg kan hjælpe mine søskende med at finde gode bøger. Kenneth Bøgh Andersen er en super god forfatter. Han skriver nogle gode bøger som fanger læseren og som kan tages ind på flere niveauer. Har læst den her op for min 8 årige søster, og hun elskede den; og vi havde en lang snak bagefter om hvad den handlede om - det var sjovt at høre hvordan hun havde forstået den og tag ...more
Merlin P. Mann
Oct 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing and humorous Fantasy book about a well-behaved boy, who ends up in Hell by mistake to become the apprentice of Lucifer. A high-concept story with lots of action and great scenes. The logic is somewhat flawed and the mystery doesn't follow thorugh all the way, but still a very entertaining read - and the sequel is just out!
ava
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ah, I cannot believe this is finally out for the world to read! These books have formed a lot of Danish children's reading experiences and makes you undoubtedly love and care for the devil himself. This book is nothing short of brilliant, and I would get my hands on it (and the rest of the series) as fast as possible now that it's been translated into English.

Always a pleasure to read.
Angrboda
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesomely funny! I don't think it has been translated into English, but if it does, make sure you give it a go. Especially if you enjoyed Harry Potter or Percy Jackson and that sort of thing. I'm totally looking forward to the next ones in this series.
Daramegan
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skvěle jsem si celý příběh užívala a po nejvíc mě bavily popisy toho, jak funguje peklo a jaké "pozornosti" se dostává odsouzeným. Nechtěla bych... pekelně dobré, po čertech dobrá kniha :-)
Malue Meyer
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super fed og rigtig opfindsomt.
Mike Finn

"The Devil's Apprentice" is like no other Young Adult book I've read. It takes you directly to the Christian Hell and then makes you think through what exactly Hell is and how and why it works the way it does.

It sets Philip, a (very) good boy, who seems to have been sent to Hell through a misunderstanding, a series of challenges where to save Lucifer from death, he has to learn to make the evil choices rather than the good ones. Philip's challenges confront him with a variety of ethical problems
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Billie
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Taya Wellington
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author to review and I'm so happy I got that chance. I haven't read a young adult fantasy in a long time and when I read the title of the book I knew I had to read it.
This is another translated book I've read and I honestly couldn't tell, the writing was so engaging.
We have Philip who has been mistakenly sent to Hell, which is kinda ironic since he is so good he's a Boy Scout, helps his mom with dishes because he wants to and helps anyone in need.
When Lucifer lear
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Adri266
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ja to teda za YA nemozem povazovat. A napriek tomu, ze je hrdinom 13. rocny chlapec, kniha je ozaj vhodna iba pre zrelych citatelov.
Nedavno som tu davala anotaciu, takze uz len moje dojmy.
Nakoniec sa mi to velmi pacilo. Pribeh anjelskeho chlapca, ktory sa ma stat diablovym nasledovnikom bol vcelku nevsedny. Peklo bolo opisane tak, ako som si ho ja kedysi predstavovala :slight_smile: Pacili sa mi vsak rozne postavy a druhy diablov, to, ako sa dobry chlapec predsa len stane neposlusny, a tiez sa m
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Cille Rasmussen
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hvis du er til lidt spænding/komedie og bibelske referencer, så er denne usædvanlige bog af Kenneth Bøgh Andersen måske noget for dig. Jeg har aldrig selv været den mest religiøse person, men bogen overraskede mig. Man kommer helt til at holde af Djævlen, ja Lucifer selv og hans håndlangere! Faktisk får man et meget anderledes syn på Helvede og hvordan det foregår dernede. Er Djævlen virkelig så slem, som man siger?

Det er en interessant historie om en dreng, som ved et uheld havner i Helvede ef
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Alexandra
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Wie wird man des Teufels Nachfolger, wenn man kein bisschen böse ist?"

Inhalt:
Der dreizehnjährige Filip Engel hat es nicht leicht: Gutmütig, zuvorkommend, immer brav und ehrlich, wie Filip nun mal ist, ist er das passende Opfer für den Schul-Rowdy Damian, der ihm das Leben sozusagen "zur Hölle" macht.
Als er nach einer wiederholten Streiterei von Damian aus Versehen vor ein Auto geschubst wird, wacht Filip auf und stellt erschrocken fest, dass er - ausgerechnet er - in der Hölle gelandet ist. Was
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Lene Kristoffersen
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Devil's Apprentice is one of my favorite novels. Going with Filip through literal Hell and watching him go from a naive almost unlikable character to a likeable young man who learns everything isn't black and white. The author is one of my all-time favorites and everyone needs to read these books
Nelly
Filip je slušný hoch, se vším všudy, včetně dělání domácích úkolů, přesto se omylem propadne do Pekel a dostane se do rukou samotného vládce Pekel. Fantasy pro mladé čtenáře, která ale dokáže bavit i starší ročníky, autor píše zajímavě, zábavně, příběh běží a Peklo... Peklo je boží a Lucifer sympaťák.
KarenP2
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Djævlens Lærling" is about how a good well behaved named Filip dies and ends up in hell as the devil's heir. Lucifer soon realizes that he has got the wrong boy but trains him anyways, he just has to find Filip's dark side. As Filip falls in love with someone he experiences jealousy, which the devil Lucifer quickly makes use of. I really liked this book because it's written in a way that is easy to read and has quite a lot of humor. I would definitely recommend reading it.
Sara N.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En fantastisk bog og serie - Kenneth Bøgh Andersen har så sandelig ikke gået fejl i denne serie.
Bogen er velskrevet med en god portion humor og ironi. Læser serien for tredje gang og kan kun anbefale den videre til andre at give det et skud.




Maria
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Er netop blevet færdig efter at have læst den halve bog i ét stræk, så har ikke helt nået at fordøje den endnu.

Men spændende koncept i forhold til ondskab og godhed, livet og døden.

Der kommer nok en mere fyldestgørende anmeldelse senere, men ikke nu.
Rikke A.
This HAS to be one of my favorites! I LOVE everything about it! I read this YEARS ago when I didn't like reading! After I read it, I needed MORE!!! And that was the start for my reading journey.
Hope to do a reread soon!!!
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I was born in Denmark on a dark and stormy night in November 1976. 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.

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