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 ...more
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(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 runs...more
Odessa's character is ...more
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 ...more
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 focus of ...more
• 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
• dark monsters that want to eat your face off
• epic women friendships
• super ...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 ...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 just ...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 back ...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
Oh my goodness did I love this book!
Reign of the Fallen follows Odessa, a master necromancer in the kingdom of Karthia. She is a strong character right out the gate. The action begins quickly and, in my opinion, really 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 very well developed. I loved the necromancers, ...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
- the realistic way the main character dealt with grief
- interesting, dark world
- the romance (f/f) - it was so realistic and so painful and so romantic
- the friend group! - so soft and strong
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...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.
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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 ...more
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 ...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 thought this book was really important because it deals with addiction and you don't see that much. There is lgbtq+ rep. Friendship, romance, an amazing grizzly bear named Lysander.
"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 mysteriously ...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
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 liked and ...more
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