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Reign of the Fallen
Contributor(s): Marsh, Sarah Glenn
ISBN: 0448494396     ISBN-13: 9780448494395
Publisher: Razorbill
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2018
Annotation: Odessa, a master necromancer in Karthia, where nothing has changed in 200 years, uncovers a disturbing conspiracy and must fight alongside her fellow mages against terrifying, bloodthirsty Shades and their creator.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dead; Fiction.
Monsters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017056487
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Reign of the Fallen
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (1.20 lbs) 370 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #5)

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. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

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

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