Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
My rating: ☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ (4 stars)
Book Summary (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.
First off, can we talk about how gorgeous this book cover is! I think it’s the prettiest book cover I’ve seen this year. I can’t wait to see what the next cover will be. I was only a few pages into this book when I knew I would like it. The writing was fun, and I like the way the characters were developed. I cared about them and became invested in the story very quickly.
One of the things I think is most fascinating about this book is the world. In Reign of the Fallen, the same king has been ruling for years because he keeps coming back from the dead in order to do so. He believes that all change is bad, so everything stays the same. Even though someone developed a cure to a black fever that kills people each year, the king wouldn’t allow it to be used because it would be a change. Pretty much everyone supports this changeless world. This made for a very interesting dynamic because I wasn’t really sure who to dislike. The villain wasn’t black and white, and I honestly I kind of supported him because I don’t really support a world without change if that change could help people.
I thought one of the weakest parts of the book was the plot. I don’t know if weak is the right word, but while reading I was able to predict pretty much everything that would happen. Spoilers ahead… I thought that Evander would die and I also guessed that Hadrian would be the bad guy pretty early on. So I guess it was predictable, but overall I still really enjoyed this book. I can’t wait to meet Sarah Glenn March and get my book signed at the NoVa Teen Book Festival!
“Those finished with life crave it less over time.”