If you could bring a loved one back from the dead, would you? Odessa is a necromancer, so bringing back people from the dead is her job. However, there is a risk every time someone's soul is brought back from the Deadlands, they must be covered from head to toe so that they may not be seen by another person, or risk becoming a deadly monster known as a Shade. Odessa is a strong and relatable character, and this story is thrilling and enticing, it will grab you from the very start. This story focuses a lot on not just romantic relationships, but friendships as well. Reign of the Fallen is definitely a memorable journey you want to be a part of!
"This edgy fantasy doesn't just blur boundaries of genre, of gender, of past and present, life and death--it explodes them." --Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Realms and The Shattered Realms
Without the dead, she'd be no one.
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 soul from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised: the Dead must remain shrouded. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, a grotesque transformation begins, turning the Dead into terrifying, bloodthirsty Shades.
A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears around the kingdom. Soon, a crushing loss of one of her closest companions leaves Odessa shattered, and reveals a disturbing conspiracy in Karthia: Someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is forced to contemplate a terrifying question: What if her magic is the weapon that brings the kingdom to its knees?
Fighting alongside her fellow mages--and a powerful girl as enthralling as she is infuriating--Odessa must untangle the gruesome plot to destroy Karthia before the Shades take everything she loves.
Perfect for fans of Three Dark Crowns and Red Queen, Reign of the Fallen is a gutsy, unpredictable read with a surprising and breathtaking LGBT romance at its core.
About the Author
Sarah Glenn Marsh has been an avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life; she's been making up words and worlds ever since. When she's not writing, Sarah enjoys painting, ghost hunting, traveling, and all things nerdy.
She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and their menagerie: four rescued sighthounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep and Reign of the Fallen.
Praise for Reign of the Fallen
"This edgy fantasy doesn’t just blur boundaries of genre, of gender, of past and present, life and death—it explodes them." —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Realms and The Shattered Realms
"A dark, thrilling fantasy set in an innovative and imaginative world with a diverse cast that readers are sure to fall in love with. Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Reign of the Fallen is a page-turning start to what is sure to be a brilliant series.” —Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician
"Reign of the Fallen is a diverse story brimming with wickedly delightful magic, sizzling romance, and shocking betrayal—I’ve completely fallen under its spell. In a fantasy world where neither life, death, nor love can be bound, readers will be mesmerized from page one. A decadent treat for the senses, I adored this dark jewel of a book." – Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper
"An immersive fantasy that explores love, grief, and the power of death, Reign of the Fallen features a bisexual necromancer heroine who will bring your heart to life!" – Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
"A refreshing fantasy, wholly unique." —Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series
"An inventive, unpredictable, unputdownable fantasy. Reign of the Fallen has it all: a twisty, heart--wrenching plot, immersive worldbuilding, and a complex bisexual heroine!" —Jessica Spotswood, author of Wild Swans and The Cahill Witch Chronicles
* "Marsh has created a compelling novel of death, life, and letting go." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Marsh delivers an outstanding fantasy with a bisexual necromancer, zombies, and magic.... Hand this captivating novel to fans of Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series."—Booklist
“A thrilling masterpiece... Sarah Glenn Marsh will captivate the hearts of readers from the very first page.” – Rebeca, The Life of A BookNerd Addict
“A dazzling blend of magic and mystery.” – Ava, Bookishness and Tea
“A lush world full of twists and turns, with a refreshing heroine at its heart.” – Hafsah, IceyBooks
“Hits all the emotions from love and friendship to loss and betrayal. I couldn’t get enough!” – Kristen, My Friends Are Fiction
“Odessa is the fantastically badass necromancer we've all been waiting for. Following her adventures through lush parties, ancient kingdoms, and darkly entrancing Deadlands is a thrill not to be missed.” –Cait, Paper Fury
"A dark and intense fantasy with brilliant writing and genuine characters. Sarah Glenn Marsh is definitely an author on the rise." – Brittany, Brittany’s Book Rambles
“This modern fantasy tale where love is love will have you enamored the whole way though.” – Christy, Tales of the Ravenous Reader
“A new intriguing and diverse fantasy that needs to be on your list of must-reads.” —Alex, The Book’s Buzz