15 December, 2017

{ ARC Review } Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

about the book }

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Reign of the Fallen, book 1
Publishes January 23, 2018 by Razorbill
ARC won at B-Fest
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 review }

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Oh man. Oh boy. Guys I really liked this one. My heart? Still there but also very sad because Sarah Glenn Marsh knows how to break it but also put it back together.

Reign of the Fallen is a wonderful start to a unique and breathtaking new series. Between Marsh's writing and the story itself, it's hard not to fall in love with this book.

I loved the cast of characters. There were a lot and those who were necromancers had this wonderful familial relationship that I adored. I especially found the main character, Odessa, to be authentic and so strong in her own ways, which I’ll get to! The other characters that are introduced are equally as fascinating and wonderful and I loved all of them! Their quirks, sense of humour, dialogue—just everything. Marsh created fully fleshed characters in Reign and the camaraderie was just so much fun to read!

She also wrote grief very well. I don't want to say too much because duh, but oh god. There were scenes that just about broke me! The writing was poignant and beautiful and so heartbreaking. I felt so much for Odessa during this part. She was grieving in her own way and reading it made me so emotional. One of the best parts about this, though, was how her friends came through for her and helped her even when she kept pushing them away.

While all of that was essential to the book’s plot, it also made it a bit slow in the beginning. If you’re into character driven books, then I really think you’ll like this one. There’s definitely action but at one point, it does begin to lag.

I loved the romance! I did find it a bit misleading at first—the blurb I’d seen had said that a LGBT+ romance was at its heart, but it took a long time for that to happen, so yeah. Again, I totally get why, but definitely a bit misleading. Anyway, though! It really was a super cute and super sweet romance! I shipped both parties SO MUCH. It was definitely slow burn and watching the two girls fall for each other was such an adorable and hopeful thing!

I loved the magic system. It is so unique—powers based on people’s eye colours! I’ve never even thought of such a thing and Marsh managed to create a wholly unique and complex world based around it. I'm definitely excited to see how she surprises readers with this system in book two because there are a few questions the characters in this book raised that have me reaaallly intrigued.

Overall, Reign of the Fallen was a great start to her new series. I'm so enamoured with this book and its characters so I cannot wait for book two!


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about the author }

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. 

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like. 

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, three birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen duology, and several picture books.

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