May 1, 2018

Reign the Fallen

Reign the Fallen
by Sarah G. Marsh

Book:  Reign the Fallen #1
Publisher: Razor Bill
Pub Date: January 23, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher 

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?

My Review:  I love the idea of necromancers since reading another series and this author has done a great take on it.

This book started off on a great pace and full of details without overdoing it. Odessa “Sparrow” and her partner are getting ready to raise the dead king just like any other time. It’s nothing knew, the royals have been raised countless times before and just as they finish up they can go have dinner. Yep, totally normal. 

Things are going well for everyone, that is until they see one of their masters’ dead in the deadlands and shades start appearing. A shade is never a good thing and they don’t kill that easily unless you’ve had experience in killing them before.  While Sparrow and Evander are in the deadlands with the rest of their crew, things go south as they split up. Evander faces off a shade and doesn’t win.

While Sparrow is mopping about, the book had turned and become annoying. It was like any other book that had a death. Sparrow was lost and hurt. Drinking, needing potions to be able to see Evander, not wanting to ever see the deadlands again or work. For those few chapters, the book will bore you until Sparrow finally starts getting herself together.

The ending wasn’t what I had expected and it certainly left me wanting more. I can’t wait for the next book to be released!

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