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Reign of the Fallen Hardcover – January 23, 2018
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Advance Praise for Reign of the Fallen
"This edgy fantasy doesn’t just blur boundaries of genre, of gender, of past and present, life and death—it explodes them." —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Realms and The Shattered Realms
"A dark, thrilling fantasy set in an innovative and imaginative world with a diverse cast that readers are sure to fall in love with. Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Reign of the Fallen is a page-turning start to what is sure to be a brilliant series.” —Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician
"Reign of the Fallen is a diverse story brimming with wickedly delightful magic, sizzling romance, and shocking betrayal—I’ve completely fallen under its spell. In a fantasy world where neither life, death, nor love can be bound, readers will be mesmerized from page one. A decadent treat for the senses, I adored this dark jewel of a book." – Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper
"An immersive fantasy that explores love, grief, and the power of death, Reign of the Fallen features a bisexual necromancer heroine who will bring your heart to life!" – Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
"A refreshing fantasy, wholly unique."
—Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series
"An inventive, unpredictable, unputdownable fantasy. Reign of the Fallen has it all: a twisty, heart--wrenching plot, immersive worldbuilding, and a complex bisexual heroine!" —Jessica Spotswood, author of Wild Swans and The Cahill Witch Chronicles
* "Marsh has created a compelling novel of death, life, and letting go." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Marsh delivers an outstanding fantasy with a bisexual necromancer, zombies, and magic.... Hand this captivating novel to fans of Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series." —Booklist
“A thrilling masterpiece... Sarah Glenn Marsh will captivate the hearts of readers from the very first page.” – Rebeca, The Life of A BookNerd Addict
“A dazzling blend of magic and mystery.” – Ava, Bookishness and Tea
“A lush world full of twists and turns, with a refreshing heroine at its heart.” – Hafsah, IceyBooks
“Hits all the emotions from love and friendship to loss and betrayal. I couldn’t get enough!” – Kristen, My Friends Are Fiction
“Odessa is the fantastically badass necromancer we've all been waiting for. Following her adventures through lush parties, ancient kingdoms, and darkly entrancing Deadlands is a thrill not to be missed.” –Cait, Paper Fury
"A dark and intense fantasy with brilliant writing and genuine characters. Sarah Glenn Marsh is definitely an author on the rise." – Brittany, Brittany’s Book Rambles
“This modern fantasy tale where love is love will have you enamored the whole way though.” – Christy, Tales of the Ravenous Reader
“A new intriguing and diverse fantasy that needs to be on your list of must-reads.” —Alex, The Book’s Buzz
About the Author
Sarah Glenn Marsh has been 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 painting, ghost hunting, traveling, and all things nerdy.
She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and their menagerie: four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep and Reign of the Fallen.
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This is one addicting read! I devoured this book in one sitting. I really enjoyed the unique premise and it's alluring story. There's something about this story, Odessa's character and her journey, along with Sarah's writing that makes it incredibly hard to put this book down. Not to mention the beautiful message found within the story. The world building is stunning. It's incredibly easy to visualize Odessa's interesting world.
Odessa is a character I really liked. She's complex, reckless, independent, fierce, strong, and flawed. Her flaws are what make her relatable. Her strength is what is what I admired, and her independence is something I respected. She's also so much more than that. She's beauty, and she's grace. She's not afraid to stand up for herself, including what she believes in, and those she loves.
To match Odessa's fierceness is a whole world full of incredible women. They aren't afraid to just be who they are, and they can fight too! There's something empowering when reading about female characters who are who they are, and they don't make excuses for it. I absolutely loved this aspect of the story. I'm a strong supporter of books who introduce me to strong, imperfect heroines who not only deal with love, loss, and finding themselves, they also support each other.
Marsh has created a story that's truly fascinating. There are so many elements that are added to the story that don't overwhelm it, but instead help make this story what it is. The necromancer element of the story is great, and the diversity is awesome. I really enjoyed the surprising romance in this story. Odessa is a character who knows grief, as much as she has known love. Part of her story is realizing that it's possible for to fall in love again, though it's not quite how she excepted it, which makes it all the more exciting.
I absolutely loved this book. It's so different than anything I've read before. It does have some darker undertones, which Marsh wrote beautifully. This isn't a pretty story to match it's pretty cover. Don't be fooled by the pink on the cover or the golden, pretty skeleton. Though the skeleton alone should warn you of what's to come. Having said that, this is a story that made me proud to finally have a book full of strong, and beautiful women who stand their ground when it comes to love, friendship and fighting.
Odessa's story is one that's stuck with me long after I've read it. I can not wait to see what direction her journey takes her in. I look forward to getting my hands on this book's sequel! There's so much more to this story I can't wait to read.
“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 through him. It’s what comes after that gets messy.”
Trigger/content warnings: substance abuse, talk of suicide, violence, death, and sexual content, but nothing explicit whatsoever.
Reign of the Fallen opens up with our main character, Odessa, AKA: Sparrow, because she seamlessly flies between the realms of the living and dead, killing and resurrecting the king of Karthia, so he will be able to rule for even longer than he already has. The people love him though, and he trusts Odessa because she truly is one of the best, yet youngest, necromancers this world has to offer.
In this world, people are able to train to become different types of mages depending on their eye color. And we get to see Odessa and her seven friends doing different things because of their different eye colors.
I loved this cast of characters, and I honestly want a book about each of them. But what would a book about necromancers be, if things didn’t start to go wrong? And even though there has been peace between the living people of Kathia and the dead that walk among them for many, many years, we start to figure out that maybe not everyone feels that way.
In this world, even though the dead walk among the living, they are forced to hide every part of their body under clothes. If anyone even catches a glimpse at what is underneath a dead person’s clothes, the dead person will become a shade. Shades are monsters, who can’t control themselves or their actions, and will kill anything that gets in their path. Also, once someone becomes a shade, they can no longer be raised again.
But twists and turns ensue, and Odessa gets forced into the mystery, because she’s one of the best necromancer around. Yet, my biggest criticism of this book is that 1.) there isn’t enough necromancy for my undead-raising-heart, and 2.) I feel like the villain was a little too obvious for my personal liking. I didn’t feel like there was much of a mystery, but I still loved the story so very much, because:
This is one of the most sex positive YA stories I’ve ever read in my entire life. Odessa has sex with more than just one person, and she doesn’t apologize or feel shame for the act itself, ever. We need so many more stories like this and it warmed my heart so very much to read.
This book also heavily talks about substance abuse and addiction. And I have no words for people who think that those elements don’t belong in YA, because that is a reality for so many kids. I know this is a fantasy novel, but it very much highlights the impact that addiction brings, not only to the person consuming the drugs, but to all the people that care about the individual, as well. This discussion is important, and needed, and it meant so very much for me to read.
“Why love hurts when it’s the thing we live for. The thing some people search their entire lives for. The thing some people die for.”
This book also puts trauma, grief, and loss at the forefront of this story. Seeing Odessa’s pain is very hard to read, but that’s because it is very realistically done. I shed so many tears while reading this book, because the loss and sadness feel so very tangible. This book for sure doesn’t shy away from hard topics, but they are all so needed topics, too.
There is also a very big highlight on found family in Reign of the Fallen, and if you guys have been following my reviews for any length of time, you’ll know that that is something very near and dear to my heart. This book is truly a love letter to found families everywhere and how blood truly will never mean anything, but finding people who unconditionally love you means everything.
“If a person can be home, then he’s mine.”
And, maybe my favorite part, this book stars a bisexual on page character. This isn’t a coming out story, no one is mean to Odessa for being bisexual, or causes her grief over it; Odessa is just beautifully bisexual and I don’t even have words for how much I love knowing that young adults, who are trying to discover their sexuality, are going to get a YA fantasy novel where it is normalized, accepted, and celebrated.
This world is magical and unique, these characters are diverse and wonderful, the topics and themes are important and needed, and I recommend this book with all that I am. Odessa is a character that I could very much connect with in my late twenties and this book meant a lot to me for very many reasons. I truly loved this book and I hope so many people pick it up and also feel connected with Odessa’s journey. I also cannot wait to see whatever else Sarah Glenn Marsh comes up with, because she’s also one of the sweetest and kindest people I follow on social media.