Reign of the Fallen

Reign of the Fallen

Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hi...

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Title:Reign of the Fallen
Author:Sarah Glenn Marsh
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Reign of the Fallen Reviews

  • Kerri

    official blurb to come. spoiler: i loved it!

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and it did not disappoint at all. The world of Karthia was so unique and intriguing, and the cast of characters were diverse and tremendously lovable. More than anything, this story took me by surprise with how dark it was; I knew going into it that it involved necromancy, but I never expected how much it would focus on grief and healing.

    If you asked me what the primary focus of

    was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and it did not disappoint at all. The world of Karthia was so unique and intriguing, and the cast of characters were diverse and tremendously lovable. More than anything, this story took me by surprise with how dark it was; I knew going into it that it involved necromancy, but I never expected how much it would focus on grief and healing.

    If you asked me what the primary focus of this book is, I wouldn’t say it’s zombies, or necromancy – I would say that its primary focus is how to move on from the loss of a loved one, and how to find ourselves again after losing ourselves in our pain.

    The world of Karthia feels small, but well-developed. It has reached a standstill due to the King’s fear of change; his reluctance for progress has halted any forms of inventions or medical advancements, as well as refusing any heirs from taking the throne. Instead, King Wylding and his court reign eternal as the shrouded Dead.

    Alongside the living and the Dead are those with magic, and I genuinely loved the setup of the magic system in the world of Karthia: individuals have inclinations for specific abilities based on their eye colors. Blue eyes lend to necromancy, while green eyes are for beast-masters, grey eyes indicate weather mages, and so on. Not every individual chooses to use their gifts, but those who do, train to become Masters and are regarded with the utmost respect.

    Our narrator, Odessa, is a necromancer bearing the title “Sparrow”, as she’s incredibly talented at finding her way home (which is not always an easy task in the ever-shifting Deadlands). Not only is she proficient, but she’s a delightful narrator: she’s strong, fierce, passionate, loving, and loyal – all of these, at times, to a fault. During the events of the book, Odessa loses someone very dear to her, and that’s where the depiction of grief comes in.

    I have read so many books about grief that I thought I’d seen every portrayal, good or bad, but

    took me entirely by surprise. Odessa’s grief is written so genuinely, so authentically, that despite my personal ambivalent feelings for the character who passed away, I found myself mourning them

    her. Her heartbreak oozes off the pages, and when she becomes addicted to the potions that numb her aches and offer her comforting hallucinations, you can’t help but understand why she’s using them as a coping mechanism. It’s the only way Odessa knows how to survive for quite some time, and because it feels so raw and is built up so thoroughly, her inevitable success in conquering her addiction made me want to jump up and cheer for her.

    One thing I would like to comment on is that I’ve seen other reviewers say they felt it was unnecessary to depict addiction in a YA novel or a fantasy story, and I’d like to offer another perspective on that. Substance abuse addiction is a very

    issue that humans face everyday, in all walks of life and all parts of the world. It is tremendously misunderstood, and many people struggling with addictions are looked down upon, as though they have intentionally brought it upon themselves.

    showcases a perfect example of how easy it can be to become addicted to a substance, especially in an instance like Odessa’s, when the tonics she craves are the only thing that can keep her from drowning in her grief and guilt.

    I strongly believe one of the greatest things about books – and the YA community, as of late – is the opportunity to normalize subjects that are viewed as “taboo”, and by normalizing them, readers can learn how to empathize and to understand. Having watched my loved ones’ lives fall to pieces due to addictions, Odessa’s struggles resonated so soundly with me, and I am eternally grateful to Sarah for being willing to

    Besides Odessa, this story is absolutely filled to the brim with side characters, so lovable that they deserved their own sections:

    • Odessa’s boyfriend, Evander, who frustrated me at times, early in the story, but is incredibly caring and a talented necromancer

    • There’s Jax, who plays a bit of the “big jock” stereotype at times, but is a formidable ally and someone that Odessa never regrets having in her corner

    • Kasmira, the beautiful ship captain whose preferred pasttimes seem to be trading illicit goods (like coffee beans) for gold and a bit of flirting (no lie, I shipped her and Odessa so hard at the beginning!)

    • Valoria, the princess, is far brighter and more innovative than any “princess in the castle” stereotype you’ve ever seen

    • Odessa’s adopted brother Simeon, and his partner Danial, are the precious cinnamon rolls of the story, and I loved them both to pieces and wanted so much more interaction with them

    • Meredy, the clever, fiery beast-master, and her bonded companion, an intuitive grizzly bear named Lysander, with a personality as big as his body

    I loved how diverse this cast of characters was. Sarah wrote a world in which racial tensions are nonexistent (on that note, Kasmira is black, and while I’m unsure of Odessa’s race, she describes her skin as being a dark brown in the beginning), and heteronormativity is never mentioned once – Odessa is bisexual (own-voice rep), Meredy and Kasmira are both attracted to women, and Simeon and Danial are gay. I loved how completely normalized and casual the representation was! As a queer woman, I

    for normalized rep, especially in fantasy novels.

    I went into this book with a strong suspicion that I would love it, and I absolutely did. I think I was only a few chapters in the first time I predicted that I would be giving it 5 stars in the end, and here we are. I thought this was a phenomenal beginning to a series, and I cannot wait to see where Sarah takes Odessa in the next piece of the story. If you enjoy dark fantasy and authentic representation, plus a lot of necromancy and dead things, do not walk,

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  • Crazy4Books

    Ever since I heard about this book Ive been dying to read it. I saw bisexual necromancer and I was sold. In Reign of the Fallen there are necromancers who train to bring people back from the dead. However if any part of the dead persons skin is seen by living eyes they turn into a monstreous zombie called a Shade. With the help of her friends our main character Odessa, also known as Sparrow, is hunting one of the deadliest Shades shes ever heard of while trying to discover if theres more siniste

    Ever since I heard about this book Ive been dying to read it. I saw bisexual necromancer and I was sold. In Reign of the Fallen there are necromancers who train to bring people back from the dead. However if any part of the dead persons skin is seen by living eyes they turn into a monstreous zombie called a Shade. With the help of her friends our main character Odessa, also known as Sparrow, is hunting one of the deadliest Shades shes ever heard of while trying to discover if theres more sinister reasons for the Shades appearance.

    The plot was compelling, but I wish the author hadnt made it obvious who was responsible for the Shade attacks. The writing flowed nicely and the pace was engaging with all the action going on, but the first half didnt completely grip me. I still read this book quickly so it wasnt anything major. The world and magic system were incredibly fascinating. On top of the authors brilliant take on necromancy we get different types of awesome magical abilities, like beast and weather mages. I also thought it was interesting how any kind of change was banned by the King.

    I loved the LGBT representation and Im happy that we also got some addiction representation, but I personally didnt agree with the way her recovery was approached. I tried not to let it bother me though since this is a fantasy. I liked how the main character was flawed without being unlikeable. Im not usually a fan of hate to love romances, but I enjoyed how it was done in this book. The progression of Sparrows romantic feelings was wonderfully messy and realistic. I could also relate to Sparrows grief since Ive been dealing with it myself lately. It made this book even more impactful for me.

    I was surprised by how many side characters I got attached to and how much I loved their little friend group. I liked how they all had distinct personalities. Princess Valoria was an amazing inventor and Meredia was a phenomenal beast mage. I freaking loved her bear. Simons humour brought some delightful levity to this dark story and Danials character arc was lovely to read about. I adored their complexe and beautiful relationship. The last 2 characters Evander and Jax were the muscle of the group, but they had a lot more layers to them.

    It was nice not to have the King be the antagonist for a change. All the deaths were heartbreaking, but in the best possible way. I wish the book would have been a bit more unpredictable, but overall I still really enjoyed it. This book wrapped up nicely, but Im anticipating some piraty stuff in the second book and its getting me real excited to get my hands on it. I need more fantasy books with accurate bisexual representation. Plus the cover of this book is like my spirit animal. I absolutely love it. I cant wait to see what the sequels cover is going to look like.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    Necromancers are sorely awesome beings and Odessa was simply

    . It's WAY too early to do a proper review so here's just some things to look forward to:

    • epic fantasy world where gender equality is the NORM and women do. not. have. to. prove. themselves (GOD BLESS AND AMEN)

    • world were nearly everyone is queer

    • necromancers

    • dark monsters that want to eat your face off

    • epic women friendships

    • super swe

    Necromancers are sorely awesome beings and Odessa was simply

    . It's WAY too early to do a proper review so here's just some things to look forward to:

    • epic fantasy world where gender equality is the NORM and women do. not. have. to. prove. themselves (GOD BLESS AND AMEN)

    • world were nearly everyone is queer

    • necromancers

    • dark monsters that want to eat your face off

    • epic women friendships

    • super sweet romances

    • deadlands

    • swords

    • your feels shrieking from the rooftops

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    Because oh boy, I

    a lot of concepts and ideas here. Odessa's story of grief and addiction, a romance I enjoyed, fantastic worldbuilding around change... and yet, I was underwhelmed. I really feel like this book was a too-much-buildup beginning to what I'm sure will be a sublime series.

    I've been a middle-book person since the beginning of time. I know, I know, call me crazy, but middle book syndrome is such a myth. If

    Because oh boy, I

    a lot of concepts and ideas here. Odessa's story of grief and addiction, a romance I enjoyed, fantastic worldbuilding around change... and yet, I was underwhelmed. I really feel like this book was a too-much-buildup beginning to what I'm sure will be a sublime series.

    I've been a middle-book person since the beginning of time. I know, I know, call me crazy, but middle book syndrome is such a myth. If the second book doesn't reach farther, go deeper, push at boundaries more than book one, book three will almost certainly be worse.

    , anyone?

    ? So honestly, I'm not surprised book one was a disappointment. But do I wish this could've been more developed and less full of buildup? Yes. Fun fact, though: this could actually work as a standalone. Just, you know, a three-star one rather than a four-star. 

    Her arc around addiction and grief is so sublime and A+, I don't even know what to say. And not only that, but she is a

    . Some of the other side characters, like Valoria and Kasmira, were definitely interesting as well and deserved more pagetime.

    I want to avoid spoilers, so skip this if you really want to avoid knowing anything. But I also want to tell you that this has a major romance between two girls, despite first impressions. As for how that romance played out - I

    it. The two characters in question have a lot of chemistry and work well as a couple. All that being said, it took me a while to really the

    between them. Maybe the issue is I kept looking out for romance between Odessa and every other girl character. An easy resolution?

    I loved the ideas here - a city of discriminated-against necromancers, dead returning, poverty and social dynamics - but I found the world itself forgettable as a certified fantasy map nerd. That being said, there were a few thematic elements within the worldbuilding I absolutely

    - the idea of change being considered a bad thing within this kingdom struck me as especially interesting. Just be aware that the focus here lies on themes, not detail.

    Quite good. I expected the writing of this novel to be somewhat mediocre, honestly, considering it's only a second book, but I thought the writing here was lovely.

    Eh. I have to say, while I solidly enjoyed the plot of this book, it didn't feel like anything particularly special. There were several twists I

    saw coming, many of which seemed as if you're supposed to see it coming. On one hand, that's good - the author doesn't treat readers as if they're idiots. But on the other hand, it just felt like a very un-mindblowing read to me.

    BOTTOM LINE: Give it a try if the concept sounds interesting, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. But don't raise your expectations too high if you're used to loving series more as they go on and less in their opening stages.

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  • Lola  Reviewer

    How cool is that cover?

    Much cooler than the story, let me tell you.

    If you’re interested in this book because you expect a steamy or at least an extremely cute lesbian relationship in a world controlled by dead kings, look elsewhere.

    I stopped reading this book after 200-something pages, because I could not stand the main character being miserable, suffering silently and making bad choice after bad choice.

    Look, I understand that she’s been through a lot and lost someone she thought would be in h

    How cool is that cover?

    Much cooler than the story, let me tell you.

    If you’re interested in this book because you expect a steamy or at least an extremely cute lesbian relationship in a world controlled by dead kings, look elsewhere.

    I stopped reading this book after 200-something pages, because I could not stand the main character being miserable, suffering silently and making bad choice after bad choice.

    Look, I understand that she’s been through a lot and lost someone she thought would be in her life forever, but YA fantasy is supposed to be kickass and badass and I was certain Odessa would prove that to me. Everything was headed in the right direction… until she started to get so addicted to a potion she became a danger to herself and other people.

    Seriously? When ‘‘addiction’’ becomes a theme in my fantasy read, I know there is a problem. The thing is there is an extensive cast – people who would give anything to help Odessa. But no, she’s broken and needs to suffer on her own. Some actually do try to help her, but she becomes aggressive as one would expect.

    The pacing is fast, which means that I could definitely have finished this book if I had wanted to, but I really didn’t since the only two people I cared for were Odessa and Valoria and both ended up letting me down. Odessa by not getting help even when she realized she was losing herself and Valoria by being a boring princess with a special skill she never puts to use. She probably does or will at some point but now I don’t much care about her anymore.

    Bummer, could have been great. Maybe if there had been more than one point of view? We only met the other characters when Odessa encountered them and yet they all played a role, whether big or small. Oh well.

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  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~

    Awh, I won a GR giveaway! How neato. Can't wait to start this!

  • Sarah Glenn Marsh

    Hi there, and thank you so much for your interest in my book!

    Since this is a space for readers, I will be leaving it very shortly--but before I go, I wanted to offer a few warnings to anyone who needs them, as REIGN does contain some sensitive subject matter:

    *Violence (throughout)

    *Substance abuse/addiction (about 1/3 of the way in, continuing through the better part of the story)

    Again, thank you, truly, for your interest in this story and world. Should you choose to enter Karthia and meet Odessa

    Hi there, and thank you so much for your interest in my book!

    Since this is a space for readers, I will be leaving it very shortly--but before I go, I wanted to offer a few warnings to anyone who needs them, as REIGN does contain some sensitive subject matter:

    *Violence (throughout)

    *Substance abuse/addiction (about 1/3 of the way in, continuing through the better part of the story)

    Again, thank you, truly, for your interest in this story and world. Should you choose to enter Karthia and meet Odessa and her friends, I hope the journey is a memorable one.

    Love from,

    Sarah

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