Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) By Sarah Glenn Marsh [Review]

Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen, #1)RELEASE DATE: January 23rd, 2018
Sarah Glenn Marsh
Young-Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ.

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 REV (Copy)

Okay, I thought I was going to love this book but sadly, I didn’t. This book has an intriguing premise and has so many positive reviews which made me put some high expectations on it. Well, I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I hoped and I also had some issues with it. I actually wanted to read this book because of the necromancy aspect which is the first thing that grabbed my interest. The characters seemed okay-ish and the plot felt pretty predictable for me. The necromancer magic was unique but it wasn’t that interesting either. There was not much world building in this book which was another disappointment for me. However, for a debut, I think it’s a good start and I hope the next book is better.

The story follows seventeen year old Master Necromancer Odessa who serves the royal and noble families of Karthia. Whenever a royal member dies, Odessa’s job is to raise them from the dead so they can continue their reign. In the mean time, the souls are wandered in the dangerous shadow world called deadlands. Every Necromancer have to retrieve the soul from the dangerous deadlands and bring it back to their body in order to revive them. One day, while retrieving King Wylding’s soul, Odessa and her partner Evander finds a master necromancer dead in the deadlands and soon they get attacked by a dangerous shade, zombie like monster. The whole incident raises an alarm and fear among the necromancers. When shades starts to attack in the human lands, everyone in karthia begins to panic. The people whose eyes  filled with  respect for the necromancers are now filled with suspicion and disdain. Odessa searches for answers and she finds that someone is creating the shades and controlling them for their evil deeds. Can Odessa save her kingdom in time before it’s too late?

I can’t connect with any of the characters which was one of the major issues I had with this book. Odessa was an okay-ish character and she wasn’t as strong as I expect her to be. When tragedy struck her, she falls into depression and gets addicted to drugs and makes some stupid decisions which quite annoyed me. She’s a bisexual protagonist which is the only thing I liked about her character. The secondary characters seemed interesting but sadly, they aren’t fleshed out well enough. They appeared whenever they’re needed and quickly disappeared. I really wanted to know more about Meredy, Valoria and Kasmira. The romance was a huge disappointment and I didn’t care much about it. There was zero chemistry between the characters and it kinda felt forced to me.

The plot was interesting but it was somewhat predictable for me.  It’s a fast paced plot but the middle part felt slow. The action scenes failed to thrill me because I didn’t feel any tension. After I took a break from the book, I wasn’t eager to get back into the story. I wasn’t emotionally invested. I couldn’t wait for the story to be over which is sooo not a good feeling when reading. The author’s writing was good but I think it needs some more improvement. The whole book was told from Odessa’s POV but I honestly think this one should’ve been written in multiple POV’s. There’s not much world building in this book which was a bit disappointing. We mostly get to explore Karthia and the deadlands. The necromancy magic didn’t seem that much interesting to me. I wish the author explained a bit more about the world and the magic.

Overall, it was an okay-ish read for me! I liked the diverse aspect in this book. The story also focused on grief, depression, addiction, and healing which is rare in YA fantasy books. I’m not sure if I’m going to pick up the next book in this series but we’ll see.

Recommend it?

I would recommend this book to all the YA fantasy readers because me not loving this book is very much a case of it’s not you, it’s me. I just didn’t connect.  It might work out for you. So, do give it a shot!

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31 thoughts on “Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) By Sarah Glenn Marsh [Review]

  1. Kat February 12, 2018 / 6:57 am

    Awesome review! This certainly sounds intriguing.


  2. booksandlovealways February 12, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    Great review! It’s so great to hear a new perspective on this book because all the other reviews I’ve read about it have been singing it praises and rating it five stars haha.

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  3. Marie February 12, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t quite love this book as much as everyone else – but it’s also reassuring, I haven’t read it yet and my expectations were quite high, with all of these amazing reviews out there, ahah 🙂 Glad to hear you still found some parts interesting and I think it’s so great that it deals with important themes such as grief and addiction in a fantasy book. 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 15, 2018 / 4:38 am

      Even though this book didn’t work out for me, I really hope you enjoy it when you finally get to it. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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  4. LairOfBooks February 13, 2018 / 12:31 am

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Raven, I haven’t read this one yet but it’s on my TBR. I also have read a ton of amazing reviews for this book so it’s always good to get another perspective. My main draw is the Diversity & Necromancy but it seems like it fell flat for you. I’m all the more curious now to see where I fall, I’m sorry it didn’t live up to its hype. I am glad you managed to find some good in it though 😉

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 15, 2018 / 4:46 am

      I really hope you love this book! The diversity in the book was good but I was a bit disappointed with the necromancy part because it only showed how souls are retrieved from deadlands but not how the actual ritual was done. Anyway, I’ll look forward to hear your thoughts on it.


  5. Beware Of The Reader February 13, 2018 / 12:49 am

    Confession: I expected you not really loving it. I had seen another review saying the problem was the characters and… well let’s just say I can’t love a book if I can’t walk in the character’s shoes. That’s so sad as the cover is so pretty!


    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 15, 2018 / 4:52 am

      Yeah, I’ve seen all the people who didn’t love this book has the same problem with characters. Emotional connection is a must for me to enjoy a book. I also liked the pretty cover and it’s too bad that it didn’t work out for me.


  6. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer February 13, 2018 / 3:05 am

    If I can’t connect it’s a no go for me! I was really looking forward to your review Raven and it didn’t disappoint… I’m just sorry this book didn’t work for you. ♥️

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 15, 2018 / 4:55 am

      It’s really not that bad. If you want read it just give it a shot. It might work out for you! ☺️


  7. book_tales February 13, 2018 / 3:58 am

    Glad to hear your thoughts on it! I’ll try to lower my expectations whilst reading this one, so hopefully I won’t be too let down if I don’t end up enjoying it!

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  8. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate February 13, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Wow I had no idea this would get dark so fast! I mean, depression and drugs? That’s some serious business.
    I kept seeing a lot of buzz for this book and frankly was intrigued but I’m glad someone is having a more grounded opinion on it. Maybe the fact that the MC is bisexual made it more popular? I don’t see why if the romance is not interesting, though.
    Great review, Raven! I hope you find a better book to read soon 🙂
    (And actually this is not the author’s debut, as she wrote Fear of the Drowning Deep as well. So I was expecting a bit more from her and her writing!)


    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 15, 2018 / 5:10 am

      I hadn’t either! I really didn’t expect those themes in YA fantasy so it’s a bit refreshing but I wish the author didn’t dragged the depression part because I was looking for a kick-ass action not a moping heroine. The romance was okay-ish but nothing interesting enough to grab our interest. Really! I thought it was a debut novel. Thanks for the info!


  9. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books February 14, 2018 / 12:07 am

    The blurb sounded amaaaaazingg. It’s a bummer that it was predictable and you couldn’t connect with the characters. I hate when that happens. I hope your next read is awesome!
    Great review Raven!

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  10. Jackie @ Too Much of a Booknerd February 14, 2018 / 3:50 am

    Aw, so sorry you didn’t enjoy this book as much as you expected to! I always hate when that happens 😦 we always expect books to live up to our expectations and it’s amazing when it happens, but it’s really saddening when it doesn’t. This book was actualyl one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I’m especially excited about the bi protagonist! People seemed to have really loved the rep which I’m happy to hear about ❤ it sucks that you didn't connect to the characters because that automatically makes a book less enjoyable (at least for me). Hopefully your next read will be a 5 star read!!! Great review ❤

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 15, 2018 / 5:19 am

      Don’t mind my review, Jackie! This book isn’t really that bad, We just didn’t connect. Majority of readers loved this book and you might too. So definitely give it a shot!
      ahaha I hope so too! Thank you! 🙂

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  11. Jen February 16, 2018 / 1:14 am

    I was interested in this book because of the necromancy aspect too. But I keep seeing 2 and 3 star reviews and that’s a little daunting. I think I’m definitely going to wait and see how the next book in this series pans out. And if the second book is beyond amazing then I’ll pick this one up. 🙂

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  12. lorraineambers February 17, 2018 / 12:38 am

    Oh what a shame, the book cover looks great, the premise sounds intriguing. You’re right about her character, she’s seems dull and off putting.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 18, 2018 / 3:00 am

      Yeah, everyone’s pretty much pulled by that beautiful cover too. If you’re expecting a kickass heroine, then this book will definitely disappoint you.

      Liked by 1 person

      • lorraineambers February 18, 2018 / 10:26 pm

        I don’t mind if the heroine isn’t kickass, but she needs to have good character growth. Whining and being feeble is a no, no. Urgh. I hate characters like that.

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