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The Devil You Know – KJ Parker *****

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The Devil You Know
The Devil You Know by K.J. Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the grand Faustian tradition… ‘The Devil You Know’ takes a familiar tale and gives it a genuinely new twist… and a wonderfully wry dose of humor.

A brilliant and famed philosopher, entering his twilight years, decides to sell his soul to the devil. The particular devil who’s sent to collect the contract (Hell is, apparently, quite the bureaucracy) happens to be a fan of the philosopher, who’s known for his atheistic views and his arguments in favor of moral relativity. But, fan or no, knowing the man’s history, which has involved not a few cons and schemes over the years, leads him to believe that there’s some trick up his sleeve.

Why, after all, would someone, especially someone so intelligent, risk eternal damnation for just a few years of temporal power?

Is it possible to actually outwit the Infernal?

This novella deserves to end up on end-of-year awards lists.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Tor for the opportunity to read. As always,my opinion is solely my own.

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