Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
*I’d like to thank Penguin and First To Read for the advanced copy!*
What I drank prior: A friend came over and I had 5 beers with little to no food. Its not the most drunk I’ve ever been but its enough to write.
Spoiler-free Overview: So our main lady Odessa is a necromancer. In this world, if you can afford it, you can be brough back to life time and time again. The nobility are all dead, including the King. The dead have to wear shrouds covering every inch of their skin because if any living eye sees them, they turn into Shades. So, my lady Odessa is madly in love with Evander. They’re partners in work and irl, Mama won’t let them get married though (le lame). Anywho, Odessa and Evander are in the land of the dead and a Shade comes outta nowhere and kills Evander O_O. My girl goes into a spiral of grief and addiction, her friends are trying to help, but there’s nothing that can get her past her grief. The dead start going missing, Shades are attacking the world, and Odessa and her bffs have to figure out why…
Spoiler-free Thoughts: So i feel like this book does a lot of good things. FOr example, she tackles grief, addiction, love, friendship, loyalty. And while she does this well, I feel like the plot was… eh? The secondary characters were a little flat. But the the main characters were well fleshed out and i related to them. Idk… kinda hard for me to review this rn.
Characters: Odessa was an amazing character. She was raw and flawed after the death of her (basically) fiance. Her reaction was so real. Additionally, Evander’s sister Meredy was also pretty well fleshed out. Their friendship was believable as they’re both grieving the loss. Now… the support characters… I don’t really know much about them other than superficial charateristics. Like… She has two other necromancer friends, and a mentor, and a princess friend. They’ve got certain things like inventor, gay, support system, mother-figure, etc. But they each have like… one. And that’s it?
Plot: I enjoyed certain parts of this. The mystery was interesting, but at the same time, i figured out who/what the Big Bad was pretty early. Seemed a little… rushed? to me?
Writing Style: I really loved the writing style of this. Sarah has a way with making you feel what the main character is feeling. I felt for Odessa, i worried with her, i grieved with her, and ultimately related to her on some level. Well done.
World Building: I wanted more. The end.
What to pair it with: A white wine. Something easy to drink, cold, and refreshing.
Rating: 2.5/5 Shots
This book comes out on January 23rd 2018 and you can get it here.
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: Anyone excited for this one?
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,