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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Edition Language:English

Reign of the Fallen Reviews

  • C.G. Drews

    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

  • Melanie

    (Thank you so much, the spider queen,

    ! ❤)

    I could probably get away with just saying “bisexual necromancer main character” for this review and it would hopefully entice you all enough to pick this up, but this truly was a really enjoyable story that I am very happy I was able to read before release.

    (Thank you so much, the spider queen,

    ! ❤)

    I could probably get away with just saying “bisexual necromancer main character” for this review and it would hopefully entice you all enough to pick this up, but this truly was a really enjoyable story that I am very happy I was able to read before release.

    : substance abuse, talk of suicide, violence, death, and sexual content, but nothing explicit whatsoever.

    opens up with our main character, Odessa, AKA: Sparrow, because she seamlessly flies between the realms of the living and dead, killing and resurrecting the king of Karthia, so he will be able to rule for even longer than he already has. The people love him though, and he trusts Odessa because she truly is one of the best, yet youngest, necromancers this world has to offer.

    In this world, people are able to train to become different types of mages depending on their eye color. And we get to see Odessa and her seven friends doing different things because of their different eye colors.

    –has blue eyes, so she was able to learn how to enter the Deadlands, even though it does come with an extra price. Odessa is also openly bisexual and I was living for it.

    – also has blue eyes and is a necromancer. Evander is also Odessa’s lover.

    – has green eyes, so she is a beast master with an adorable bear companion named Lysander! Meredy is also queer and is also Evander’s sister.

    – has brown eyes and is an inventor, but also the princess of Karthia!

    – has greener blue eyes, and he seems to be good at tracking, and is best friends with Odessa.

    – has lighter blue eyes, so he is also a necromancer who enters the Deadlands with Jax (because you have to have a partner to enter and be safe!) and is a gay man! Odessa also considers him her brother.

    – has hazel eyes, therefore he has the ability to use his magic for healing! He is also a gay male that is dating Simeon, and their relationship was so cute. I love them both.

    – has dark grey eyes and is a weather mage! She is also a pirate, and is black, and is easily my favorite character besides Meredy! Like, give me an entire book about this soon to be pirate queen, please!

    I loved this cast of characters, and I honestly want a book about each of them. But what would a book about necromancers be, if things didn’t start to go wrong? And even though there has been peace between the living people of Kathia and the dead that walk among them for many, many years, we start to figure out that maybe not everyone feels that way.

    In this world, even though the dead walk among the living, they are forced to hide every part of their body under clothes. If anyone even catches a glimpse at what is underneath a dead person’s clothes, the dead person will become a shade. Shades are monsters, who can’t control themselves or their actions, and will kill anything that gets in their path. Also, once someone becomes a shade, they can no longer be raised again.

    But twists and turns ensue, and Odessa gets forced into the mystery, because she’s one of the best necromancer around. Yet, my biggest criticism of this book is that 1.) there isn’t enough necromancy for my undead-raising-heart, and 2.) I feel like the villain was a little too obvious for my personal liking. I didn’t feel like there was much of a mystery, but I still loved the story so very much, because:

    This is one of the most sex positive YA stories I’ve ever read in my entire life. Odessa has sex with more than just one person, and she doesn’t apologize or feel shame for the act itself, ever. We need so many more stories like this and it warmed my heart so very much to read.

    This book also heavily talks about substance abuse and addiction. And I have no words for people who think that those elements don’t belong in YA, because that is a reality for so many kids. I know this is a fantasy novel, but it very much highlights the impact that addiction brings, not only to the person consuming the drugs, but to all the people that care about the individual, as well. This discussion is important, and needed, and it meant so very much for me to read.

    This book also puts trauma, grief, and loss at the forefront of this story. Seeing Odessa’s pain is very hard to read, but that’s because it is very realistically done. I shed so many tears while reading this book, because the loss and sadness feel so very tangible. This book for sure doesn’t shy away from hard topics, but they are all so needed topics, too.

    There is also a very big highlight on found family in

    , and if you guys have been following my reviews for any length of time, you’ll know that that is something very near and dear to my heart. This book is truly a love letter to found families everywhere and how blood truly will never mean anything, but finding people who unconditionally love you means everything.

    And, maybe my favorite part, this book stars a bisexual on page character. This isn’t a coming out story, no one is mean to Odessa for being bisexual, or causes her grief over it; Odessa is just beautifully bisexual and I don’t even have words for how much I love knowing that young adults, who are trying to discover their sexuality, are going to get a YA fantasy novel where it is normalized, accepted, and celebrated.

    This world is magical and unique, these characters are diverse and wonderful, the topics and themes are important and needed, and I recommend this book with all that I am. Odessa is a character that I could very much connect with in my late twenties and this book meant a lot to me for very many reasons. I truly loved this book and I hope so many people pick it up and also feel connected with Odessa’s journey. I also cannot wait to see whatever else Sarah Glenn Marsh comes up with, because she’s also one of the sweetest and kindest people I follow on social media. I hope you all pick up

    this Tuesday!

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  • Emily May

    Are you considering this book because it sounds like a dynamic new fantasy with necromancers, action, mystery and a bisexual protagonist? (Also: cover love, let’s not lie.) I was too, but it didn’t quite work for me the way I’d hoped.

    I think this is partly a case of an author lingering too long on all the things we don’t care abou

    Are you considering this book because it sounds like a dynamic new fantasy with necromancers, action, mystery and a bisexual protagonist? (Also: cover love, let’s not lie.) I was too, but it didn’t quite work for me the way I’d hoped.

    I think this is partly a case of an author lingering too long on all the things we don’t care about, and partly a case of an author not developing the reader's emotional attachment enough before spending a huge chunk of the book on depressing and repetitive introspection.

    The thing is,

    is mostly a book about grief. The use of necromancers, zombie-like creatures called Shades, and the romance, are all ways of adding frills, but so much of this book is taken up by Odessa's loss of a loved one. This could have been interesting. I like the idea of exploring a real-world concept in a fantasy setting.

    .

    The opening chapters lack emotion and pull, or, at least, they did for me. There are deadly action scenes that should have been pulse-pounding, but I felt no tension or urgency behind them. There is a deep, never-ending love that gets cut short, but we are never given chance to really care about the relationship so it left me feeling cold as Odessa spiraled into depression and addiction.

    For many, many chapters in the middle of the book, the pacing plods along through Odessa's grief. Grief can be a terrible, all-consuming, paralysing thing, but there was

    that it didn’t touch me. I just wished the author would move on from the tiresome moping scenes. And, though I wished the focus on Odessa's potion addiction would end, when it finally did, it all felt more than a little abrupt.

    Eventually, things start happening again, but it is like the whole main story was forgotten for many long, boring pages in the middle. When we finally came back to the central plot - someone intentionally creating Shades who have been attacking Karthia's royalty - I was really struggling to care about the plot and characters. I was reading to get to the end.

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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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  • softlykaz

    ( ° ʖ °) did someone say a bisexual necromancer ( ° ʖ °)

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) did someone say a bisexual necromancer ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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