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Reign of the Fallen Series, Book 1
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Reign of the Fallen Series, Book 1
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"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.
"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.
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  • From the book ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

    Copyright © 2018 Sarah Glenn Marsh

    REIGN OF THE FALLEN

    CHAPTER I

    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.

    When Evander and I finally stride through the wide palace doors, shouldering the burden of the king's corpse between us, the sun is a gash on the horizon. It stains the jagged clouds, the palace's marble walls, and every blade of grass with red as we trudge downhill toward the sea. King Wylding always likes a sea view when we necromancers bring him back to life.

    I wonder how much of the rolling waves he can even glimpse through his mask and death shroud, but maybe it's the sound of the crashing surf or the smell of the salt air he craves. Either way, I don't question the man. And not just because he's been ruling Karthia for two whole centuries. I can't stand the rasp of his voice, dry as the wind rattling bare branches.

    "Here we are." Evander sets the king's feet down before stretching to his full height. He reminds me of a crow in his fitted black necromancer's clothes and long dark cloak, which covers his gloriously broad shoulders and the hard lines of muscle in his arms as he makes a sweeping gesture. "The best view in Grenwyr Province, Majesty." His lips twitch as he catches my eye roll. "What?"

    I grin and ease His Majesty's head onto a bed of grass. Evander knows as well as I do that the king can't hear us. Not yet. I just hope his spirit hasn't gone too deep into the Deadlands, the spirits' world.

    I glance back toward the palace on the hill, but the path there is empty. None of the royal residents—living or Dead—have yet emerged. And we can't raise the king, or anyone else, without one of their kin.

    "I don't remember a Wylding heir ever being late for a raising," I say. "Even the nervous ones show up on time. Think something's wrong?"

    "I'm not worried." Evander winks, then scans the overgrown field at our backs. Slipping an arm around my waist, he draws me against his side. "If you're interested, I know a way to make the wait fly by, my lady—I mean, Master Odessa."

    I cringe and shove him away as irritation flutters in my chest. He's been relentless with using our titles since we woke up today. "How many times do I have to punch you before you'll stop calling me 'Master'?"

    "I'm sorry," he says, a shiver of amusement in his voice. "Forgive me, Sparrow." He presses a light kiss to my forehead, brushing his fingers over each of the birds tattooed above my elbows.

    I meet his eyes. Then his lips. The heat of our kiss is almost enough to make me forget the dead king at our feet, who looks like someone's lost, forgotten shadow in his dark shroud.

    "I'm just proud of you," he amends against my mouth. "Of us. We might be Grenwyr's newest necromancers, but we're definitely the best-looking." He twines his ivory fingers through my brown ones. I've always loved the way they looked together, a tangle of dark and light. I shoot him a look that demands seriousness, and when he speaks again, all traces of merriment have fled. "We're finally mages, Sparrow. That's more than most people can say. We should shout it to all of Karthia!"

    He's right, of course. We've been training for this since I was a ten-year-old pest, and he, twelve. This job is all I've ever wanted—at least, it was all I wanted until two years ago, when Evander and I first kissed at the Festival of the Face of Cloud. If only being with him were as simple as moving...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 30, 2017
    Marsh (Fear the Drowning Deep) takes readers on a journey through a grim world where magic is commonplace, the dead are regularly resurrected, and change
    has been outlawed by an undead king. Necromancers such as Odessa are beloved for their ability to reunite the living with dead loved ones, but the emergence of a powerful Shade—one of the undead turned feral and bloodthirsty—changes that. As more Shades manifest, necromancers are blamed, and it’s up to Odessa to determine who is responsible. However, she is incapacitated by grief over the recent death of Evander, her love and fellow necromancer, as well as an addiction to a calming tonic that those close to her don’t fully address until a virtual stranger intervenes. Between Odessa’s rapid attraction to a female childhood friend who resurfaces and the murky reasons for change being outlawed, the pieces of Marsh’s story don’t entirely come together. But with a sexually fluid society, an intriguing land in which the living and the dead coexist, and an underworld reminiscent of Greek myths, Marsh’s world is one readers will enjoy exploring. Ages 12–up. Agent: Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis.

  • Kirkus

    November 15, 2017
    A necromancer must overcome grief and protect the kingdom of Karthia from monstrous Shades.Brown-skinned Odessa of Grenwyr travels to the Deadlands to retrieve spirits of the recently deceased and raise them. These spirits become Dead--ordinary members of society but for the protective shrouds they wear. Any Dead glimpsed even in part by the living become predatory creatures called Shades. When a Shade kills a master necromancer, Odessa and four others--including her boyfriend, ivory-skinned Evander--enter the Deadlands to avenge him. Instead, the Shade kills Evander. The previously rollicking pace of the first-person, present-tense narration stagnates as Odessa turns to mind-numbing potions to cope with her grief, picking up steam again only many chapters later. Odessa and her fellow necromancers must discover who is behind the sudden disappearance of Dead royalty and an influx of new Shades. She is bolstered by Evander's sister, Meredy, for whom she develops romantic feelings. Beyond the uneven pacing, other details interrupt the otherwise smooth flow of the story. For a trained necromancer, Odessa has little strategy when it comes to fighting Shades--many of her successes feel lucky or inevitable--and most of the action scenes are disappointingly brief and undetailed.Readers who can overlook the hiccups will be rewarded by an intriguing world, a dynamic cast of characters, and a well-handled exploration of grief in a fantasy setting. (Fantasy. 13-adult)

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  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2017

    Gr 7 Up-In the land of Karthia, the dead rarely stay dead, thanks to the highly respected and talented necromancers who are responsible for bringing them back to life. But there are drawbacks. Though the reanimated dead are completely lucid and capable of interacting with the living, they must remain totally shrouded. If any part of their skin is exposed, they immediately turn into mindless shades who will attack anyone in their way. After many years of successful reanimations, the necromancers are dismayed to discover that the incidences of attacks by shades is on the rise and it appears to be intentional. Someone may be deliberately destabilizing Karthia's government by forcibly exposing the reanimated aristocracy. Odessa, a master necromancer, becomes the focal point of the shades' attacks after the murder of her beloved partner, Evander. Accompanied by his sister Meredy, Odessa ventures into the deadlands in an attempt to uncover the truth behind the shades and save the kingdom. This is a well-done fantasy that will appeal to adults as well as its intended teen audience. The relationship that slowly develops between Odessa and Meredy is completely realistic. Inspired by her grandmother's hospitalization and the myth of Orpheus, Marsh has created a compelling novel of death, life, and letting go. VERDICT A strong choice for all YA fantasy shelves.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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