Review: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Title: Reign of the Fallen

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Date: 23rd January 2018

Publisher: Razorbill

I don’t think I have read a book this quickly in a very long time. The cover is what drew me in to start with. I remember coming across it on twitter and thinking ‘wow, that’s a cool cover. I wonder what it’s about?’ and as soon as I read the blurb I knew it would be something I’d like. And I was right. In fact, I loved Reign of the Fallen. It was emotional, it had action, twists and turns, and characters that I was rooting for.

Odessa is one of Karthia’s Necromancers, a master, and it’s her job to raise the dead. When the noblemen and women die, she goes into the Deadlands and retrieves their souls to bring them back. All the Dead have to remain shrouded, a price they are willing to pay. For if any of their skin is seen by the living they will turn into Shades, demonic creatures with a thirst for blood. Suddenly there are attacks from the Shades, killing the Dead and the living. When one of the Necromancers own dies, they realise that these attacks aren’t random and that someone is controlling the Shades. It is up to Odessa to figure out who is behind it and she wonders if her magic will be the thing to tear apart Karthia.

The world of Karthia felt so real as I was reading the descriptions. I could see, feel and taste the world before Odessa and it was amazing. Karthia was stuck in the past, clinging on to it, unwilling to change for fear of it and I could see the parallels to our own world. I loved the magic system of the world and how your eyes matched with your magical ability, all Necromancers having blue eyes, Beast Masters having green etc. I was trying to think of a book that was based on Necromancers and I couldn’t come up with anything, which made this book very different in my eyes. The Deadlands were as eerie, magical and dangerous as I imagined they would be.

Odessa was such a complex character and her grief spoke volumes in this book. It was heart breaking and I connected with her, feeling everything that she was going through. While she was weak at times, she was also a badass Necromancer with a sense of humour and she was strong when she needed to be, when others in her position would have fallen. She is also bisexual and it was interesting to see her romantic interactions with both males and females, and Marsh made it seem so natural, the way it should be in real life.

It wasn’t just Odessa that was representing bisexuality, there were other characters who were gay, both men and women, and it was lovely to see it being represented in such a normal and natural way. While I myself am straight, I can see why a lot of people who aren’t will enjoy this book and all the characters in it.

I would speak about some of the other characters but it could ruin the plot as not all of them stay with us throughout the book and honestly, so many unexpected things happened to them all. I was gasping out loud in shock, my mouth hanging open, unable to believe what I was reading. When a book can make me do that, I know I’m invested. There were so many diverse characters in Reign of the Fallen and they each had their own voice. It was interesting to see how they all dealt with loss in their own ways, because that is what this book is about. Loss, and how we can move on in a way that isn’t harmful to ourselves or others.

There are some incredible lines in this book and I just wanted to share my favourite one.

“The sun still rises and sets, like it always has. It seems cruel that it wouldn’t stop, just for a little while, to show how much darker the world is without them in it.”

This hit me hard, especially the context in which it is written. At the end of the day, we all feel like this at some point, whether you have lost a loved one, lost a friendship or relationship, or some other part of your life. But we all have to move on at some point and I loved how this was shown in Reign of the Fallen.

I could probably ramble on all day about how much I enjoyed this book, but you wouldn’t probably get bored. Overall, Reign of the Fallen was amazing, fast paced and enjoyable. It made me think about things more and it is more than deserving of the 4.5 stars I’m going to give it.

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Wrapping Up The Week (22nd January – 28th January)

We are almost out of January, woo! Is it me or has this month seemed to drag on forever? I am glad to see the end of it and move on towards the next few exciting months (mainly mine and my boyfriend’s birthdays)

This week has seemed very tiring, especially at work as there was a lot going on and there will be plenty of meetings in the upcoming week for me to attend. When it comes to reading, I think I did pretty well. I finished off one book and started another that I am almost finished with.

Another plus is that it was my payday on Friday and I ordered a brand new bookcase (as my current one was falling apart) and a TV unit as well. So my Sunday plans consisted of DIYing and now I have carpet burn on my knees. It all turned out well in the end, as you can see from the photo below. Although, I will probably need to buy another bookcase because as you can see, I have no space left.

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Books I read and reviewed…

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At the beginning of the week I managed to finish The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton and it was magnificent. I loved everything about this book, the characters, the fantastical world, the plot and so much more. I felt so lucky to have been given the chance to review this book from NetGalley and it is one that I think everyone should check out. You can find my full review here.

I am currently reading…

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I am just over halfway through reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and I’m really enjoying it. It’s been a very long time since I read a book about Faeries and it really is refreshing because I love the folklore that surrounds it. I grew up on books about fairies and the creatures that live in the woods and this is a refreshing take from Holly Black. Fingers crossed I can finish this within the first half of the week.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About

WWW Wednesday – Entering The Realm of the Faeries

How I Manage to Write 1,000 Words a Day

I’ve decided I want to do a few more discussion style posts and ones where I can offer advice to people, especially when it comes to writing. Fingers crossed everyone enjoys them and if there’s anything you’d love to talk about, just let me know.

My WIP…

So, even though I wrote a post about writing 1,000 words a day I haven’t been able to really stick to that this week. I know that will sometimes be the case and I am learning to accept it, rather than feel guilty about it. Once I’ve caught up on some sleep and I’m not feeling so stressed, I know the ideas will come back.

I did manage to map out the next 7 or so chapters, which is a massive help and has pointed me in the right direction. I am so close to 70,000 words and I hope I can reach it soon (every 10,000 is a massive celebration).

Other Fun Stuff…

I haven’t really done anything that exciting or fun when I think about it. It seems that at the moment my life is all about working, reading, writing and blogging. I wish I had the time to sit down and binge watch a TV show. Who knows, maybe I’ll do it one weekend when I have nothing planned.

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I hope you all had a great week and read some amazing books (if you did, I’d love to know what they were). Let the last part of January commence!