Waiting on Wednesday: Reign of the Fallen

I’m embarrassed to say it was the cover that drew me to this book. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover. But after seeing Reign of the Fallen, I had to do some research.

The summary was the final blow.

Title: Reign of the Fallen
Series: Reign of the Fallen
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Fantasy
Released: January 23rd 2018
Page Count: 375


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?


Necromancers! My ultimate weakness! How did you know? Reign of the Fallen sounds really cool. Necromancers can raise people from the dead, at a cost. The dead must remain completely shrouded or they’ll turn into zombies. When someone starts weaponizing these zombies it’s up to our main character Odessa to get to the bottom of the conspiracy.

I’m really excited to see what the political situation of this world will be. With the possibility of being resurrected from the dead on the table, it means that Kings and Queens can be on the throne for forever. Will society have stagnated from this lack of possible change up? Are there rules in place to keep someone from having dominion over the throne for centuries? What is this society’s response to the reanimated “shrouded” ruling class? Are they despised? Are they worshiped? Are the regular people jealous?

The more I think about it, the more questions I have.

Not to mention this book is getting tapped for it’s portrayal of queer characters and a queer romance. Sign me up.

Everyone I’ve spoken to about this book is raving about it. here’s hoping that it lives up to the hype and is a kick off to an awesome new YA series or duology. I can’t wait for this book. Check back for my thoughts once I finally get my hands on it.

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly tag hosted by Breaking the Spine where you draw attention to upcoming releases that you’re excited for. 

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Alexandra is always looking for the next book she can devour. She has a love hate relationship with teen fiction specifically when it comes to fantasy, post apocalyptic and failed shakespeare adaptations.

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