Book Review: I, Lucifer

“There’s no such thing as evil for its own sake. All evil is motivated- even mine”- Lucifer

Lucifer is given the chance of redemption, and all he has to do is live a life of a human. The King of Hell, the Father of Chaos, the Stealer of Souls is walking among us, what could go wrong?

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I, Lucifer

I started I, Lucifer on May 3rd and finished the 262 pages on May 16th. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book so I ended up rating this book a 5 out of 10. I picked up this book because I recognized the author Glen Duncan. He also wrote, The Last Werewolf, and I absolutely loved that book. I, Lucifer was written in 2003, before The Last Werewolf which was written in 2011. Duncan’s writing majorly improved in 2011 as this novel was a struggle to get through.

Lucifer is doing his business in Hell; torturing people, looking for souls, and tempting mortals until God send a message. Lucifer can come home on one condition, he has to live life as a human in the body of Declan Gunn (an anagram for Glen Duncan, very clever). Seems pretty easy for the Prince of Darkness right? Turns out, its not.

Lucifer realizes that he has to play by the rules. He can’t be evil while he lives on earth. It’s an adjustment, but you know, gotta do what you gotta do. All this time though, is it worth it? Will God really accept Lucifer after all this time?

So this book brought very mixed emotions for me. I started this book and I couldn’t stop laughing. I mean, think about it, Lucifer’s gotta be a sarcastic smart ass. Which is hilarious, but Lucifer is technically still an Angel. So, he has angelic thinking and this thinking is explained in the novel as so fast that humans can’t keep up.

Duncan tried to express this thinking by the writing style, but honestly, it was so confusing to the reader. He used so many parenthesis, I would say there was at least one pair per page. It was way too much and the story was lost, I became totally uninterested.

Overall it was a decent book and I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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Lucifer Rising

For this drink combo, Lucifer actually made this specific drink in the novel called Lucifer Rising. It’s a mix of vodka, tequila, orange juice, tomato juice, tabasco, tio pepe, marnier, cinnamon and pepperoncino chili. It was a very interesting drink.

On to the next…

The next book is the finale, The Conjuring of Light. I’m actually sad and excited to start this book. Sad because I don’t want the story to end, and excited because I can’t wait to see how it ends.

A Gathering of Shadows and Black Coffee

A Gathering of Shadows was a great book to help me get back into the groove of things. Lately I’ve been so busy with graduation from college, I haven’t had time to read or blog. It’s such an exciting time for me but a busy time as well. Anyways, enough about me, lets get back to the good stuff!

I started A Gathering of Shadows on April 10, 2017 and finished it on April 30, 2017. Normally it does not take me twenty days to read a book, so yeah, I was kinda busy. Overall I gave this book a 9 out of 10.

In order for me to give an accurate review, there may be some spoilers for A Darker Shade of Magic. So please, if you don’t to spoil anything, read up on my past review of ADSOM and catch up with us when you can!

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A Gathering of Shadows

We pick up in A Gathering of Shadows where we left off in A Darker Shade of Magic, Lila is leaving to follow her adventure and Kell is to return to the palace, connected to Rhy.

Lila is exploring her new home of Red London the only way she knows how to, as a thief. Her inner desire to steal puts her in a predicament and we meet the savvy Captain of the Night Spire. We follow their waves on the sea and experience the struggle Lila feels as she starts to get close to someone / something. Personally I love being able to explore this character. I felt like I really got to know Lila in AGOS.

In the first book we only received a glimpse of the inner Lila and how she makes her decisions. In AGOS we really start to understand her fears and wants, but Lila still remain mysterious. But one thing is for certain, Lila makes her own path and no one can change that.

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While Lila is on an adventure, Kell is struggling to keep his cool. Rhy and Kell’s brotherly bond is stronger than ever. Their lives have been interweaved and Kell can feel every emotion of Rhy’s including pain. So now it’s not only Kell’s own life that he has to protect, it’s Rhy’s too. This puts some major stress on Kell and his body is craving power since he touched the black stone. There’s so much tension and he just needs to let go, luckily there’s the Essen Tach.

The Essen Tach is a elemental tournament where magicians from all around the world for the title of champion. This tournament was definitely a highlight within this book and it bought back so many Harry Potter feels. The dueling, fighting, dodging and quick thinking all reminded me of The Goblet of Fire. Which is my favorite movie but not favorite book of Harry Potter.

This book was a big step up from ADSOM and I really liked the first book. My friend who originally loaned me the books (you can follow her on Instagram here) told me that each book V.E. Schwab gets even better with each book. I’m super eager to read the last book. This series has really caught my full attention. The first book was great as an establishment but the second, wooo! It was exciting and I enjoyed every page!

Oh and a Darker Shade of Magic is officially going to be a movie!!

Black Coffee

The drink I chose for this pairing is Black Coffee. The reason I chose this drink is because Black London starts to become a bigger topic in A Gathering of Shadows and I wanted to highlight this issue that arises in the novel.

On to the next…

I just ordered A Conjuring of Light and that’ll be about a week I have to wait. In between I’ve chosen to read I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. I’ve read Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf and loved it. I definitely recommend that one as well!