The Devil’s Intern series continues, narrated this time by Alfarin the Viking prince.
This hugely imaginative and entertaining series follows the adventures of four young devils trapped in Hell despite the fact that they are really very decent people. Team DEVIL consists of Mitchell and Medusa, both recently deceased teenagers, plus Elinor, who died in the Great Fire of London in 1666, and Alfarin, dead for 1,000 years and the leader of this book’s adventures. The Devil’s wife (and the titular Banshee), Beatrice Morrigan, has escaped into one of the Nine Circles of Hell, leaving Elinor, and perhaps Mitchell’s little brother, to become his Dreamcatcher, the soul required to filter the Devil’s awful dreams while he sleeps. Alfarin, who loves Elinor with all of his dead heart, knows he must save her by finding Beatrice, so he leads the team into the Nine Circles. Guided by Virgil himself, the team retraces the Divine Comedy by going through the circles in reverse order. Plenty of action and suspense ensue, but Hosie keeps the focus on the wry comedy generated by Alfarin’s unique outlook on life and on his own magnificent manliness. Alfarin has no doubt about his superior masculinity and constantly remarks on the Viking way of doing things in a consistently and amusingly formal voice, and all of this will keep readers chuckling.
Series fans will be thrilled by this screamingly funny return to Hell. (Paranormal suspense. 15 & up)