Book Review: I, Lucifer

I, Lucifer is the re-telling of the Bible, in Lucifer’s own words. Here we learn exactly what the Devil has been thinking, why he fell from grace and what he’s planning on doing.
Well the latter not so much, given that he is given an offer that he really doesn’t want to refuse, one month in a mortal body to see if he can be forgiven for all his past crimes.

To be honest I think everyone who is reading this book forgets that important point, that Lucifer is meant to be trying to get forgiveness and to return to his place by God – although Lucifer himself really doesn’t want forgiveness nor to return to his former place by God, he’s fine where he is, sort of.

Here Lucifer inhibits the body of a writer, one who is rather scrawny and isn’t exactly to Lucifer’s personal tastes, however a body is a body and Lucifer finds himself rather enchanted by the mortal way, seeing sights he never could, either as an angel or a demon.
Once he has overcome his wonder of the world – although to be honest it never really goes away exactly – he begins a quest to get Gun – the name of the author whose body he now inhabits – ┬ásome money to live his life properly.

We also learn through the book exactly what Lucifer had been doing, tempting Eve was pretty easy considering Adam, tempting Jesus would have been easier had God not gotten in his way and essentially cheated. Also a big question was raised, how did Lucifer get into the Garden of Eden? How did God fail to notice him?
We also see Lucifer’s interactions with a few of the well known Angel’s, although the one that really confused things at the end was Raphael – it wasn’t completely clear to me what was going on.

Character wise Lucifer was a rather interesting and witty character, you begin to understand him and why he went to far to gain his freedom, essentially his own independence away from God; although no one could really call him a good guy, even he doesn’t think so. Which was another interesting aspect to his character, how he hates doing what he does, but he has to do it, because of the balance between good and evil.

The rest of the character’s were more minor than anything else, to give Lucifer a bit of interaction and see how he gets on with other’s, Harriet was the most interesting one considering that Lucifer appreciates her and that she would be down with his lot when her time came.
Violet was okay, but really rather bland, same with Penelope… or was it Phoebe?
There was minor incidents involving characters we’d never see again in the book which was rather interesting as well.

Could the book have been a bit stronger? Probably, it came to a head near the end when it felt rather… not rushed but it did feel a bit meh. That could very well be me though and I did want to read so much more about Lucifer and his acts within history and the bible, although it was only the really main stages that we learned about.

It’s a pretty good read and a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while now, it didn’t disappoint!

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