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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
From Hell with Love (The Forsaken Comedy) by Kevin Kauffmann is an engrossing epic fantasy that showcases the author’s imagination. I was fascinated with Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, but this novel takes supernatural intrigue to a new level. The protagonist is Niccolo da Firenze who, after living a miserable life, finds himself condemned to hell. But to his utter surprise, hell turns out to be a comfortable home and a place far from what everyone, or almost everyone, thinks it is. Instead of the popular place of torment with eternal fire, he discovers that it is the one place he feels accepted and loved, and he rises up the ranks to become the Horseman of Pestilence. But when Cadmus, the Horseman of Death, reveals a vision of Lucifer’s death, Niccolo must ride to uncover a powerful conspiracy and save his lord.
A tale of a supernatural conspiracy involving ancient demons, vile men, and some gods. The story is highly imaginative and it poses a disturbing question: What if, after all, Lucifer isn’t what the Church has taught us to believe and what if hell is the invention of humans in order to control the masses. Kevin Kauffmann has written a story about a controversial topic and has challenged readers to question popular belief. The writing is gorgeous, filled with beautiful descriptions, and arresting imagery. From the opening pages, the reader encounters Lucifer, who turns out to be an interesting character. While From Hell with Love (The Forsaken Comedy) is pure fantasy, it is filled with realism and the author’s deft use of biblical allusions. The characters are strong and exceptional and it is interesting how an ordinary man transforms into one of the Horseman. I equally enjoyed how the author integrates the theme of the apocalypse into the writing.