Title: Reign of the Fallen
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publish Date: January 23, 2018
# of Pages: 375
(From Goodreads) 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?
Rating (1-10, 10 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 7
Pace – 7
Plot Development – 7
Ending – 7
Characters – 6
Enjoyability – 7
Ease of Reading – 8
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Mars takes place in Karthia, a place where necromancers keep royalty alive and mages of all talents rule the seas, skies, and beasts. The book explores death, life, love, and what it takes to be a good ruler.
Overall this book was entertaining. I enjoyed reading it, but I found myself disappointed, because it could have been so much more.
The quality of writing in the book is decent, and the concepts of the book were thoughtfully explained, but the pacing was just okay. The “so what” of the book wasn’t introduced right away, and it took a while for it to be revealed. Because it took a while for the plot to start to unfold, it made the first part of the book seem awkwardly paced.
The overall concept of the book is cool. I liked reading the book from the perspective of necromancers, and I enjoyed the world building of Karthia. I also liked how the book covered substance abuse and the complexities of grief. Those are tough topics to cover, and I think they were handled with care.
I liked the ending of the book—it had a nice feel of closure. At the same time, the ending leaves itself open to future books in the series. It was an ending of new beginnings.
The characters in the book are simply written and lacked the depth I tend to appreciate. I would have liked to see more depth in the characters—especially Odessa, Meredy, and the antagonist of the story. Outside of the villain’s ambitions, you never really get a good feel for their character. I also struggled with Odessa’s relationships in the book. Grief is complex, certainly, but her relationships with Jax and Meredy seemed somewhat hard to believe.
Despite some of the book’s flaws, I still enjoyed it. If this is your genre, I recommend you give it a read.
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