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Reign of the Fallen & Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh – Blog Tour

Reign of the Fallen is one of these books you see everywhere; the cover and title are really the kind that would make you stop and go .. huh! But I’ve been pushing picking it up till the right moment. Happily, that moment came sooner than I thought and I picked it up along with its newly released sequel and I don’t regret it one single bit.

I’d like to Thank Penguin Random House - #prhpartner #prhinternational - for my free copies of both books and for including me in the awesome blog tour to celebrate Song of the Dead‘s release.

You’ll ask me what should you expect from these books? I’ll tell you, you should expect a lot. A rich world, mind boggling concept, interesting characters and more interesting relationships and friendship. And don’t get me started on the magic.

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?

Reign of the Fallen, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Razorbill, January 23rd 2018, Paperback, ISBN: 9780448494401, Rating: ★★★★, 400 pages.

Are you intrigued yet? How can you not be after this synopsis? In case you still need more convincing, read more.

“Today, for the second time in my life, I killed King Wylding. Killing’s the easy part of the job, though. He never even bleeds when a sword runs through him. It’s what comes after that gets messy.”

After reading that first sentencing came another session of mouth-gaped-open and mind buzzing with questions. It’s brilliant how Sarah began her story; made me all the more interested to continue on and know more.

The first book is filled with world building right in between the stories of our main characters. Balanced and rich, you’ll find yourself wanting nothing but more. The magic is a real new thing in there with the necromancers powers to raise the dead with blood, milk and honey and the Beast masters bonding with their favorite animals to become one living soul roaming this world.

And the dead themselves. I loved how interesting their existence in the kingdom of Karthia was. How they’re always hungry for food, for life. How they’re shrouded and how they choose to return and be in this state over being apart from their loved ones. I loved that there’s been another arc to this where some people chose not to be raised from the dead. And how ironic it is that the necromancers themselves raise the dead but aren’t allowed to be raised after they part the world. All this represented the discrimination aspects of the kingdom, the prejudice ruling of a dead king and fear of progress, the future and change. A kingdom ruled by laws, traditions and ways a hundred and hundred years old. No room for a new civilization, no space for evolution, only the dead and the past rules.

The friendships in this book stood out to me more than the romance. For me the romance was rushed, or to say this correctly it felt undeveloped to me and just there existing but not alive. Yet the friendships were bursting with life and glowing amidst the darkness of the Deadlands.

My favorite character was Valoria which to me is not surprising at all. I loved the arc of creativity to her personality, the passion that drives her, the emotions that guide her and her loyalty to Odessaand the others. It’s truly inspiring.

“Those finished with life crave it less over time.” 

After that comes Odessa and Meredy. Both characters are weaved amazingly together.

Oh boy Meredy was a badass and Odessa was fierce. I believe they looked to me like ice and fire and they went so well together. I don’t enjoy their relationship much because it’s kind of weird to me considering Evander past with Odessa but It’s not bothering me. I’m enjoying so much more of the book. The book builds to a crescendo, a lot happens in a small span of time which might feel a little bit overwhelming and rushed yet you enjoy every single minute of it. The representation, the struggles and another favorite was the addiction arc Sarah has brilliantly weaved in the story. It was chilling and emotional and I loved what the girls head-strongly did for Odessa to get her out of this dark hole.

“Your mother brought you into this world as a whole person,” the princess huffs, pulling so hard that I slide to the edge of the bed. “And last I checked, you still are one. No matter what or who you’ve lost. Now get”—she jerks on my arms—“up!” 

The first book is amazing and Song of the Dead is nothing short of as good as that. Only about halfway through it and god I know it’s going to be another strong installment in this series. The arc of the story takes a different angle in it; exploring, adventures and now the dead must stay dead. Brilliant !

Song of the Dead, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Razorbill, January 22nd 2019, Paperback, ISBN: 9781984836397, 416 pages.

The Dead must stay buried.

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.

Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates.

Blog Tour Schedule.

1/22/2019 – Nada Early Bookish Birds

1/22/2019 – Beatrice Beatrice in Bookland 1/23/2019 – Kai fantasticbooksandwheretofindem

1/24/2019 – Aditi A Thousand Words A Million Books

1/24/2019 – Melissa YA Books Central

1/25/2019 – Francesca psiedoll 1/28/2019 – Carina Carina’s Books

1/28/2019 – Noha The Bookish Word

1/29/2019 – Georgi Niffler Reads

1/29/2019 – Lauren laureads

1/30/2019 – Valeria Valery & her Books 1/30/2019 – Josefine rebella_reads

1/31/2019 – Rimsha Rimsha’s Corner

1/31/2019 – Fay Bibliophile Soprano



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