Book Review – Reign of the Fallen

Title: Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1)

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication date: January 23rd, 2018

384 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

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?


I recently reread Reign of the Fallen so I can read the sequel, Song of the Dead. I never reviewed it the first time, so I wanted to review it now. Reign of the Fallen is a hugely underrated book for me, I never see it around on Instagram. Reign of the Fallen features necromancy, LGBTQ representation, and mental illness representation.

Odessa recently became one of the Eternal King’s master necromancers. In a kingdom run by the Dead, necromancers are vital in venturing to the Deadlands to retrieve the souls of the Dead before they turn into Shades, deadly monsters that will attack any and everyone. However, more and more Shades are being found and there are many losses within the community that shake Odessa to her core. She must find out who is behind the deadly Shade attacks before it is too late.

I love any book with necromancy to be honest. But, I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this book and the representation. The supporting cast was amazing, and the major loss of a character was emotional and heart wrenching. I appreciate the depression and addiction rep, however this is a trigger warning for those that might not want to read about those topics. The descriptions of the Deadlands were so vivid, it was like I could imagine exactly what it would like to be there. And I love that Karthia was basically stuck in the past with the Dead running the world.

This book may not be for everyone. The pacing at some points does seem very fast. However, I am able to overlook this just due to the plot and character development throughout the story. Sarah Glenn Marsh truly created an amazing world and I look forward to reading more in Song of the Dead.

Happy reading, folks!

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