Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, YA, LGBT
In the kingdom of Karthia, where the dead rule and have not allowed any change in over 200 years, Odessa is one of six master necromancers. It is her job to raise the dead so that they can live again. But soon, the dead begin to turn into monsters, threatening the kingdom and Odessa begins to question if it is the magic that necromancers possess that may bring Karthia to doom.
My initial reaction to this book was just wow. Then I got the news that the second book in the series is releasing on January 22nd of 2019! Thank goodness that this isn’t a stand-alone book because Karthia has so much left to offer and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
I’m going to make this a spoiler-free review just in case you haven’t read the book and now want to, but the book does deal with losing a mentor/teacher/parent figure and losing a partner/boyfriend/girlfriend. The book also deals with substance abuse and overcoming that.
Odessa, or Sparrow which is her nickname, was orphaned and was found to have great power in the world of the dead. All she has wanted her whole life is to become a necromancer and the story begins a week after she and her partner/boyfriend complete their training and receives their pins to show their statuses as masters.
Throughout the story, she has to struggle with several problems, one includes losing someone very close to her and discovering her sexual identity. She also finds the power of having friends and who she considers family and why it is important to have a mentor. Odessa is a very well thought out character that I truly did enjoy reading. The book is from her first-person perspective.
The other characters that surround Odessa are equally as important to the story line. And even though we do not know them for long before they may die, when they do, Odessa’s pain is clearly portrayed and causes the reader to feel an emotion towards them even though we have not travelled though many books with them.
The storyline does focus more on the higher class (royals and nobles) in Karthia and rarely touches on the lifestyle of those in the more impoverished areas of the kingdom. In the end, though, there does seem to be a resolution that will improve the lives of many in that area.
I highly recommend reading this book if you like creepy but cute, YA, a fantasy story that’s easy to follow, or if you just think that the cover looks completely awesome!