Review of Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh




Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh


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 hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?


My thoughts:


I really meant to read this book as soon as I got it in, but things got in the way and I put it off.  But it’s one of group reads for TBR and Beyond this month and that gave me the push I needed.  If you want to join in for the event, here it is.


I loved this book so much!  I was ten pages in and knew then that I would.


Odessa is a necromancer that is in love with her partner, Evander.  They both have blue eyes which is a characteristic for necromancers.  No one else can bring back the dead.  In Karthia, they don’t believe in change.  So they keep bringing back their leaders/royalty from the dead to rule again and again.  The dead that are brought back must be covered in a shroud.  If any part of them is seen, they turn into a shade.  The shades are basically monsters.  They have no control and will eat anyone around them.  As they eat, they become bigger and faster.  The necromancers have to fight together to kill a shade using fire.  But something is happening and there are more shades than normal.  They almost seem organized and even work together.  Some of the royal family starts to go missing, too.  Something isn’t right and Odessa has to figure out what is going on.


So much happens that I don’t want to ruin for anyone who hasn’t read this yet.  I loved all the other characters from the book and there was a decent amount of diversity.  Odessa also deals with addiction for awhile and I thought that was such an important storyline and appropriate for this point of time.  So many kids and adults are dealing with addiction problems and I really appreciated it being a part of a fantasy storyline.


This book does have some talk of sex, but never anything graphic.  I actually liked that Odessa was bisexual and comfortable with her sexuality.  There was no slut shaming and she did end up with multiple people pretty close together.


One of the characters I adored for Valoria.   She is the princess and while she loves her family, she does want things to change.  She invents things and tries to find ways to improve Karthia.  But she has to keep it quiet because change is something that is not even brought up.  She was sweet and strong.


I also loved Danial.  He is a healer and is dating Simeon, another necromancer.  Their relationship was really sweet.  Honestly, I really liked most of the characters in the book.


Sarah created a really interesting world that I can’t wait to read more about.


Have you read Reign of the Fallen yet?  What did you think of it?





Author: confessionsofayareader

My name is Kristi and I review books and mod on TBR and Beyond on Facebook. I love to travel and go to concerts. I've been married for over 20 years. I listen to a lot of pop punk. Otherwise, I'm pretty boring. We do have four grandchildren now and try to see them monthly since they don't live close. I read mostly YA and adult mystery/thrillers. I also read a lot of middle grade and some adult romance. You can also find me on facebook, twitter, and instagram (don't post often).

9 thoughts on “Review of Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh”

  1. I got a copy from my library right when it came out, but never ended up reading it. I felt so bad for my fellow library goers because I renewed the loan twice before returning it. I want to read it some day.. but I don’t know when that day will be.. because the longer I put it off, the more other books come out that I want to read. Great review 🙂 I didn’t realize it was so dark, addiction and all, but I like that. There’s too many fluffy books these days, and it’d be nice to read a darker one for a change.

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