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Song of the Dead

(Reign of the Fallen #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  152 reviews
The Dead must stay buried.

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom's borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia's waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her s
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Razorbill
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ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

1.) Reign of the Fallen ★★★★

“I’m Odessa of Grenwyr, and the dead answer to me.”

If you’re looking for a f/f relationship to swoon over, with ownvoices bisexuality representation, and story that focuses on found family and unconditional love within healthy friendships, in a book that also has the cutest little dragon companion and filled with undead and necromancers, then please look no further than Song of the Dead

Seriously, fr
Elle (ellexamines)
I could never outrun myself. Without the pin, without even my name, I’d still be a fighter. I’d still be a commander of the dead. I’d still be a girl too in love with life to commit to death, even when it’s calling to me more strongly than ever before.

In short: Song of the Dead is a worthy, albeit sort of mixed-in-quality, sequel to 2018’s Reign of the Fallen.

There is a lot of good going on in this book. The writing is still good, with several lines that made me gasp just a little.
✨    jay   ✨
My Goodreads/Blog review will be put up closer to the release date as per the publishers arc preferences!

Some quick thoughts:
This was the perfect ending to this duology but I also think there's so much room for another book (or more!) and I SO hope that can be the case.
I love the characters so much, and the sapphic angst truly kept me going. I also appreciated the nuanced look at trauma and relationships throughout this duology

I think a lot of people are going to really love this !

destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Reign of the Fallen ★★★★★
#2 Song of the Dead ★★★★★

Karthia has changed, and the people are changing with it—for better and for worse. Odessa has set out on an oceanic journey with Meredy and Kasmira, but nothing can prepare them for the war they’ll find brewing over the open waters, or the destruction they’ll return home to when Valoria’s new queendom is threatened by the people her family has ruled over and protected. Can Karthia and her necromancers adapt to the changing times, or will they
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“I’m Odessa of Grenwyr, and the dead answer to me.”

Wow! What a ride the Reign duology has been! I’m so happy to be back in the Karthia again and back with old and new characters. Lysander has a new friend, my life is complete.

First I have to say that this book holds a really special place in my heart because Sarah Glenn Marsh put me in the acknowledgements at the back of the book. I legit cried when she told me, it meant so much. Plus, Song of the Dead was released on my birthday and I can’t
7 January 2020
My copy just arrived! I'll definitely read it in this month!

20 December 2019
Only 18 days left until the release of the copy I will buy to match my Reign of the Fallen copy and another week to hold it in my hands, but I'M SO EXCITED! I had to wait so much!
Please, let it be at least as good as the previous one!
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!


Thank you to Razorbill for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!


First, I want to give a huge thank you to Sarah Glenn Marsh. She’s a wonderful woman and is so sweet. I started talking to her (more like gushing about the characters from Reign of the Fallen) and she helped me receive this copy. So, a huge thank you to her. She’s just so damn sweet.

This book picks up where Reign of the Fallen ends, so I’m going to do my best not to give
This was just as magical, dark, romantic, and gripping as book 1. You guys will love it.

Edit: I'm Sarah's critique partner, so I've been lucky enough to read her books before publication. :)
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Much as it pains me, because I loved the first one, this book wasn't as good. It isn't a bad book, we get to see what happens in Karthia under Valoria's reign, see the political unrest that comes when change is introduced to a society who never has experienced it, we also see other countries with Odessa and Meredith travels and there are new characters introduced. And a new threat manifests itself.
But I don't know why, towards the last half of the book I struggle as my interest wanes. It also ha
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I loved Song of the Dead just as much as Reign of the Fallen.  There may be spoilers for book one in this review.

Warnings for addiction and violence.  

I really fell in love with the characters when reading Reign of the Fallen.  I was happy to see them back for book two and we got some new characters that I really liked, too.

Odessa is my favorite.   I love that she's so flawed, but she realizes it and tries so hard to get better.  She loves with her whole heart, plus she's a total badass.   In So
Athena of Velaris
"I'm Odessa of Grenwyr." I tug both my daggers free of their sheets, one for each hand. "And I bow to no man."

3.5 stars for Song of the Dead. Following the same character as Reign of the Fallen, the second book picks up exactly after the first one left off. The plot starts out in one direction before looping around and going a completely new way. This new plot was predictable, and took about 100 pages to get into. I loved the group dynamic that was featured in this story. Odessa's relationships
Noha Badawi
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
if you know what i mean.
I really loved how this started, the beginning was really promising.
2.5 stars.

Ughhhhhhhhh, I really didn't enjoy this as much as I'd hoped to. It started off fine, but everything just felt slightly more... less? than they had in Reign of the Fallen. Everything just seemed like it had been scaled back another level, including the writing style, and the characters just felt a bit more immature and wishy-washy (to use the technical term). I was feeling pretty bored by the time we got to the halfway point, and I'm not going to lie, I did skim a little bit from then
Katherine Moore
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the thrilling sequel to ‘Reign of the Fallen’, a novel that introduces us to Odessa, a necromancer in Karthia, where she has the special magical ability of raising the Dead. She is able to cross into the spirit world called the Deadlands, and she also is a fierce fighter; when monsters called Shades start kidnapping Dead nobility, Princess Valoria has Odessa and her fellow necromancers investigate (including Evander, someone who she loves deeply).
Odessa and her friends do all they can bu
Beatrice in Bookland
*I received a copy from the publishing house in exchange for an honest review*

1. Reign of the fallen ★★★☆☆

I love how in this society homosexuality is completely normal, Sorien and Danial are so cute.
I also like Odessa, the bisexual protagonist, Evander, Meredy and Valoria. They all have strengths and weaknesses and I like the fact that the author decided not to create all around perfect characters.
There are some boring parts and I did not understand some of the author’s choices (Odessa and Jax i
rachel ☾
#1) Reign of the Fallen ★★★½☆

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
*This review can also be found on YA Books Central & The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to PRH for the review copy in exchange of my honest thoughts!*

If you loved Reign of the Fallen, you will LOVE Song of the Dead.

This book picks up right where Reign of the Fallen ends. Odessa is on board a ship to visit as many places as possible in honor of Evander, her former boyfriend and friend who died at the hands of a shade. Karthia now has a new ruler (the amazing Valoria who is an Inventor!), but th
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
So it actually pains me to say this but I liked Reign of the Fallen way more. All of the elements that made me love it were just gone from this book. I also was expecting more or a new problem that started in Reign but hadn't been solved...yet it seemed like just a rehash of Reign of to me. Also, I was really hoping to see a relationship with Meredy and Odessa which was sort of there but there was just so much relationship bickering drama and it felt like there was no chemistry between them anym ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 stars

This book was actually what I needed right now. I loved it even more than Reign of the Fallen (somehow), the plot was so wild and unpredictable but intricately woven, and of course the characters shine through with their beautiful personalities more than ever before. ALSO NIPPER I’M OBSESSED. If you love necromancy, dragons, and lots of gay romance, this book is 100% for you! If you haven’t picked up this duology yet, you really need to!

Thanks to Penguin Teen for providing me w
Carina Olsen
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I truly did try my hardest to enjoy this second book. But it was so impossible. And I have no idea where to begin with this review of mine. I have so many thoughts to share. Pretty much all of them will not be positive. Which I'm so sad about, but also cannot help since I really did not like this book. It bothered me so very much.

I will do my very best not to be too harsh in my review. Will never speak badly about the author, because I don't know her and she seems like an amazing person. I also
Samantha Beard
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases, owned
Jeepers I feel like I've been reading this book for ages! I did enjoy it, I would give it about a 3.5. Compared to book 1, I didn't feel like the plotting was as strong, and some of the characters got on my nerves a bit. Not Odess though, she's my girl and I love her. I really enjoyed how everything wrapped up though. A lot of the reveals I saw coming several hundred miles away and I just wished they would get to them sooner. Overall though I'm really pleased I gave this series a try. I will def ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Song of the Dead was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it definitely did not disappoint. I read the first novel in this series at the beginning of last year and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I adored it—though fantasy is by far my favorite genre, certain aspects of the story are a bit out of my usual comfort zone. However, I was hooked rig
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Though I don't like this one as much as the first, this is the third time I read it so clearly it's still special and brilliant. Honestly, I think this one could have benefited from being split into two different books. There is a LOT that goes on and a wide array of characters to care for, a few with whom I wouldn't have minded a little more connection.

No plot summary to avoid spoilers for book 1 for those who have not read it, but can I just say how much I love Meredy and Odessa's r
4’5 stars

These books are ones that you’re not sure which one you love most because both are amazing. I love this story with all my heart and soul. Odessa, Meredy, Valoria, Jax, Simeon, Danial and Kasmira were amazing and meant so much to me, the love that they have for each other is beyond everything. It’s being a while since i encounter a group of characters that i really love and care about.

All the relationships in this books were beautiful as well but my favorite was the romance between Odess
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

This is the second book in a duology by Sarah Glenn Marsh that I have a lot of love for. She starts with a rash bisexual, coffee-loving heroine who is a necromancer and then builds great side characters, an interesting world, and plots that deal effectively with heavy topics like grief and addiction. Oh, and it's all set in a world that is casually queer with variations on gendered relationships sprinkled throughout that feel incidental to the main story.

I will be talkin
Paige Green
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from Razorbill and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: January 22, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, death, disease, slight gore, addiction)

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 416

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Synopsis: The Dead must stay buried.

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom's borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to e
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
***ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review***

I seriously love Sarah's writing. The flow of the book is wonderful and I'm never confused about what is going on.

I fell in love with Reign of the Fallen as soon as I started reading it. I quickly started stalking, I mean following, Sarah on social media and bugging her enough that she became my friend ;) As soon as I finished Reign, I NEEDED the next part of the story! I love the characters and the magic in this world.

I love the
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

“I could never outrun myself. Without the pin, without even my name, I’d still be a fighter. I’d still be a commander of the dead. I’d still be a girl too in love with life to commit to death, even when it’s calling to me more strongly than ever before.”

Song of the Dead was definitely a lot better than I expected it to be. Full RTC when I'm a little less exhausted and can write a coherent review.

↠ 1. Reign of the Fallen ★★★
Bitchin' Reads
Jun 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
I am incredibly excited for the cover reveal of this book! I was able to go to Sarah's event at One More Page, Arlington, VA, and she is not only an inspiring person but an inspiring author.

Not to mention, look at this cover! It is gorgeous!
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Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children's picture books.

She lives, writes, and paints things in Virginia, supported by her husband, four rescued greyhounds, three birds, and many fish.

If she could, she'd adopt ALL THE ANIMALS.

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