Today’s post is something I have never done before: it’s a book and author spotlight! I am so excited to have worked with the author, Sarah Glenn Marsh, to bring you this post. I hope you guys enjoy!
Sarah Marsh’s Twitter: @SG_Marsh
Her Website: sarahglennmarsh.com
(Info. for pre-order on her website)
So, Reign of the Fallen is set to release on January 23, 2018 (exactly 2 months from yesterday!!) and I am crazy hyped for it because it sounds incredibly unique and unlike most things I have read. It also, as I have read, has some LGBT representation although I am not entirely sure what kind of representation it is exactly. I am just going to put the Goodreads synopsis so I don’t butcher the plot of the story:
~ Goodreads Synopsis ~
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?
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I was sold upon reading the synopsis for this book on Goodreads in some January 2018 release list. After my initial infatuation, I contacted Sarah Marsh to see if she would like to answer some questions I had to get a little insight into the story and the thoughts behind its creation. She was super sweet and kind in answering, so here they are:
How would you sum up the story?
Reign of the Fallen follows Odessa, a talented teen necromancer who raises the dead in order to keep the current ruling family of her country in power. King Wylding has been in charge of Karthia for over 200 years, and he keeps coming back from the dead because he loves his people– however, since the Dead fear change, his rules forbidding all science and progress are hurting them more than helping. When Odessa’s fellow necromancers (her only family) start being picked off one by one, she’s devastated, but she’ll have to work through her grief in order to find the murderer and decide whether her crumbling society is worth saving…or if it’s time to help Karthia change, for better or worse.
What inspired you to write Reign of the Fallen?
The idea for Reign of the Fallen was inspired by my grandmother’s stay in the hospital. Thankfully, she’s fine now, but the dire situation got me thinking—how far would someone be willing to go to bring a loved one back from the dead? What sort of sacrifices would someone make in order to bring an important person back into their lives, and what consequences might that decision have? Those questions led her to the Greek mythological hero Orpheus who attempts to rescue his wife from the underworld and is told by Hades that he can take her back to Earth as long as he doesn’t look at her until they’re both out of his realm. Spoiler alert: He does and loses her forever. That story, combined with thinking about how death is such a stagnant, permanent state, lead me to start building the world of Reign of the Fallen, where the Dead must wear shrouds in the living world or else become monsters; where change of even the smallest sort is outlawed because the Dead fear it; where entering the spirit world demands a painful sacrifice of any living person who dares to go there.
Which character was your favorite to write, and why?
I loved writing every character in Reign of the Fallen’s large cast, but to answer this question, I’ll focus on Evander Crowther, Odessa’s boyfriend and her partner in raising the dead. Evander has big dreams- he longs to explore the world, to finish a map of it that his father barely started, but that dream is stifled by King Wylding’s ban on anyone traveling to or from the country of Karthia. He also longs to marry Odessa, but his mother forbids him from having a relationship with a necromancer (despite him being one, too), making him feel torn between his parents’ expectations and his own desires. I think everyone can relate to Evander on some level- many people have unfulfilled dreams, and many people at some point feel torn between what they want and what others expect of them. Being a dreamer myself, I can relate to Evander, and admire his adventurous spirit; as a result, he felt real to me from page one.
By the time I finished reading her answer’s, I knew Reign of the Fallen was most definitely going to be on my January TBR. I cannot wait to see how things play out for Odessa in this completely unique story of life and death. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, I can’t wait to see how it looks in person. Also, I’m really interested in the necromancy of this book and the stakes it will raise and how the undead will be used in this book as every author has their own take on the presence of the undead. I have super high expectations for this book, and based off what I’ve read of it on Goodreads, I 100% believe this book will exceed them.
It comes out January 23rd, so I’m not going to say it’ll be my first book purchase because I have a book-buying problem, but it will be on my shelf by the end of January.
Let me know if you plan on reading Reign of the Fallen, too, and what your thoughts are!
Thank you for reading!