Meet Odessa, our main character in Reign of the Fallen. She is a master necromancer; she can raise someone from the dead. Odessa’s job mainly involves raising nobles, whenever one of them dies, she has to go to a dreamy and dangerous world called Dead lands to retrieve their souls. But there is a cost to being ‘revived’. The Dead have to cover inch of their skin. If the living people see just an inch of uncovered skin, the Dead transform into zombie-like monsters known as Shades, something both the Dead and the living desperately avoid.
When there is a dramatic uptick in Shade attacks, suspicion and fear increase among the necromancer community.
A loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades, and is training them to attack.
Odessa is faced with a horrible question: What if the necromancer’s magic is the weapon to bring the country on its knees?
Reign of the Fallen probably is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, so maybe it wasn’t a huge surprise when I finished it within a day.
I have to say it wasn’t what I expected. I think I was expecting something a bit more ‘the walking dead’-ish. But it was entirely different! I think that was mostly because I wasn’t really expecting a fantasy novel, but something more dystopian.
Anyway, I did end up enjoying this book. It surprised me, in a good way, which is always nice. So yeah, it is more a fantasy, but I have to say, that the world building lacked a bit. I got a great idea of the Dead lands, but less from the world of the living. However, you get a great image of the politics in this world! You also get a great idea of the struggles of the people, that their world is actually ruled by the Dead, instead of the living.
The thing I like the most about the book, is how the thought of how much you and your loved ones would sacrifice. The book really makes you think about what your decisions would be in a world like this. Because how far would you go?
The book is supposed to be more diverse, but I kinda missed that? You’ll notice soon enough that our main character has a skin color that falls in to the darker category. She’s also bisexual. There are also characters with different sexuality’s. I think that was all the ‘diverse’ we got in this book. Summing this all up, the book sounds super diverse, but I missed it a bit while reading. Especially since it promotes being diverse, I feel like they should’ve mentioned it more.
Nevertheless, I loved this book and I loved Marsh’s writing style! I cannot wait for the sequel of Reign of the Fallen!
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.