Reign of the Fallen
“There’s nothing you can do, Valoria. I’m not one of your inventions. I’m broken, part of me is missing, and you can’t fix me with copper wires or a piece of string.”
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 ab ...more
ARC received via #arcsfortrade on Twitter!
(Thank you so much, the spider queen, Elise! ❤)
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.
“Today, for the second time in my life, I killed King Wylding. Killing’s the easy part of the job, though. He never even bleeds when a sword ru...more
♚ THE CHARACTERS
Odessa's character is ...more
#1 Reign of the Fallen ★★★★★
#2 Song of the Dead ★★★★★
Reign of the Fallen 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 ...more
I'll be the first to raise my hand and admit that I agreed to review this book, at least initially, based on a ferocious case of cover love with a side dish of FOMO. I know that the fear of missing out isn't a valid reason to pick up a book, but I'll bet it happens more times than we'd like to admit in our journey as readers. COME ON- look at the cover, in all it's pink, shimmery glory! <3 I've also been actively searching out writers in the NoVa area to support, and it just so happens ...more
Yet as long as I'm alive, I have to keep going. One step after another through this tunnel until I'm back in Grenwyr City to rejoin the battle, a little more broken than before. .. For my friends and the Dead and the helpless. For me.
All I can do is keep fighting
FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED
Reign of the Fallen was one of my most highly anticipated 2018 releases and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. While it wasn't the perfect book, it had so so so many things I like - and set up the series in such a way I ju ...more
"Your mother brought you into this world as a whole person,” the princess huffs, pulling so hard that I slide to the edge of the bed. “And last I checked, you still are one. No matter what or who you’ve lost. Now get”—she jerks on my arms—"up!”
B I S E X U A L N E C R O M A N C E R S
^two words that will make me read almost any book.
Focusing on Odessa, this story takes place in a kingdom where those born with blue eyes are given the ability to enter a shadow realm and pull souls ba ...more
Oh my goodness, I loved this book!
Reign of the Fallen follows Odessa, a master necromancer in the kingdom of Karthia. Odessa is a strong character right out the gate.
The action begins quickly and never lets up.
I read it so fast, racing to the conclusion. Throughout the course of the story my pulse was raised, my heart crushed and my spirits soared over a full range of emotions.
The magic system is well developed. I loved the necromancers, healers, beast masters and roy ...more
The world was really interesting and although I wasn't (and still am not) as in love with the concept of necromancers as everyone seems to be, I found the idea of a necromancer main character extremely cool and unheard of.
On this note, I loved the magic system overall. To sum it up briefly, everyone is born ...more
- the realistic way the main character dealt with grief
- interesting, dark world
- the friend group! - they are so soft with each other, but their bond is so strong
- the romance (f/f) - it was so realistic and so painful and so romantic
- bi main character (she has a fiance at the beginning)
(I can't find the artist, but it's the o ...more
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:
*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 ...more
In my life, I’ve read many books (almost 500), but I’ve never read anything similar to this story.
Reign of the Fallen is a novel set in a world where people after their death can come alive, with the help of people who’s job is to take them out of the Deadland into their real world.
As you can imagine, most people that rule this world have already died many times.
However cool that might sound, there is ...more
Thank God for decimal ratings. Sometimes you just can’t express how you felt with an even number.
What’s this about you ask? 👉🏻In a world where the Dead can be raised by trained warriors called Necromancers, a conspiracy threatens to tear down the realm of the living.
This was enjoyable. I liked the characters (YAY for bisexual main characters!!!), the writting style was good and I liked the world-building.
However, I feel like the concept had sooooo much potential but it was poorly ...more
"Life will be hard and painful as long as I cling to it, but there's beauty in it, too."
Even though it's set in the fantasy realm of Karthia -- a world centered on necromancers, Shades (read: zombies), and genetically predisposed mages -- this diverse novel still manages to remind you of home. Full of love, loss, grief, coups, and magic it reminds us that "every monster can be beaten" as long as we try.
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, and I applaud the author for taking ...more
Overall I liked the storyline and the characters. The subject matter was pretty serious (dealing with grief and drug addiction), but I thought the writing was a bit...lightweight? I felt like I wanted a bit more depth. That might be something that comes as Marsh matures as an author.
Trigger Warnings: murder, grief, addiction
R E V I E W
Reign of the Fallen was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. Did I actually know what the book was about when I started anticipating it? No. I never read blurbs. I’d seen the hype for it growing on Twitter and I fell in love with the cover. A pretty pink book with a skull on the front? Sign me the fuck up.
So, what is Reign of the Fallen about? Basically, necromancy went wro ...more
First book in the Reign of the Fallen series
Odessa is a master necromancer for the kingdom of Karthia. She is tasked alongside her partner and lover, Evander, with bringing back King Wylding- the dead king who has rule Karthia continuously. He is killed and brought by to life countless times to continue his reign. His soul is in the Deadlands and it must be brought back, but there is a price to be a soul outside of the Deadlands. The souls risk beco...more
Read my full review of Reign of the Fallen
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I LOVE Sarah Glenn Marsh's Reign of the Fallen. I was a beta reader for the first draft, I blurbed it, and I am the leader of Sarah's street team—The Sparro ...more
"Life will be hard and painful as long as I cling to it, but there's beauty in it, too."I think I might have hyped this up too much. It was likely impossible for it to live up the the standard I set in my head after waiting for this book for months. That being said, I did still enjoy Reign of the Fallen. We follow master necromancer Odessa as she attempts to maintain the Deadlands and prevent the returned Dead from becoming monstrous Shades. As more Shades are being mysterio ...more
Ever wanted to read about a bisexual heroine in a super queer fantasy world? Well, here you go.
Odessa is a rare Master Necromancer in a world filled with living Dead. Once Odessa has brought them back from the spirit world, they may live, shrouded and masked, every piece of their skin safely hidden away. No living human is allowed to see even an inch of them, or the Dead will turn into vile and bloodthirsty monsters. For the past 200 years, the ...more
I read the author's debut Fear the Drowning Deep. Having enjoyed that and being interested in necromancy I picked up a copy. Man am I disappointed.
I enjoyed the relationships the characters had with each other. The whole eye color being connected to a magical ability was unique. The plot was decent and it was readable. You could easily finish Reign of the Fallen in a matter of days. Odessa's grief and drug addiction was well done.
I wasn't emotionally connected to the characters. ...more
When I first heard about Reign of the Fallen I immediately thought "Oh my gosh! It's The Walking Dead meets Game of Thrones!" and needed to grab a copy immediately. #AmazonPreOrder. Sadly, this book is more Harry Potter meets Charmed. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. I guess I should have taken note that it's a young adult f ...more
I knew living with the Dead was impossible. Death is an ending, not a new beginning.
Reign of the Fallen tackles an interesting story on how a kingdom survives on necromancy. As you can see from above, the cover of the book is just an enticing as the premise, so I was really delighted when Penguin Random House sent me an advanced copy!
My experience of reading Reign of the Fallen is equally divided between what I lik ...more
In Regin of the Fallen Odessa is one of her kingdom's necromancers. Her job is to take spirits back from the Deadlands and bring them back to life, even though they are not as whole as they once were. They have to wear shrouds and cover their entire bodies; all it takes for one of the dead to turn into a monster, a shade, is for the living to look at their skin. Suddenly the dead star ...more
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