Who Wants to be The Prince of Darkness? Book Review

Angry Robot Books, p/b, 400pp, £8.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The sequel to Last God Standing, this returns us to Boatman’s world in which God and Lucifer have both agreed to give up their “day jobs” and become mortals. While the previous novel covered the storyline of God, or Yahweh, this follows Lucifer and his faithful demonic lieutenants as they try to battle against the insane Gabriel, now the ruler of Hell. Did I mention that Gabriel has kidnapped and brainwashed Lucifer’s son and now has him hosting a TV gameshow in Hell (the titular “Who Wants to be the Prince of Darkness?”), that Lucifer’s wife (Benzaiten, a Japanese Shinto goddess) is missing, presumed dead, and that Lucifer’s last great hope is a self-help guru who has the heart of one of the last souls that Lucifer bought before abandoning Hell beating within him thanks to a heart transplant? This rip-roaring thrill ride takes you through Limbo, to Hell and back (not in a handbasket, in Buddha’s minivan) with an all-star cast.

Filled with quirky characters, witty one-liners, and more gods and goddesses from world pantheons than you can shake a stick at, Boatman is doing a great job of building a solid reputation as a reliable author.