An LGBT fantasy series that follows a talented necromancer who must face down a deadly nemesis who has learned how to turn her magic into a weapon.
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?
A lavish fantasy with a surprising and breathtaking LGBT romance at its core, Reign of the Fallen is a gutsy, unpredictable listen that will grab listeners by the throat and never let go....
There are 3 things that I expected from this book after reading the summary.
3. Romance (LGBT is listed)
However, all three of these things took a back seat to overly dramatic depression. So if you are in a good/positive mood please prepare to have it ruined with at least 5 hours of sadness that you don't care about. Ms Marsh just doesn't get the characters to a point where you fall in love with them. If the book had been advertised as "a detailed journey through the downward spiral of depression" then I would have been more prepared for what I was about to listen to.
As far as the LGBT romance it barely existed. There is a gay male couple with minimal scenes (no kissing or love scenes) and there is one kiss between two female characters. That's it. So just having a gay couple as two of your background characters justify labeling it as a LGBT romance?
And just to be clear, there is no romance at all. People "like" each other but there is no sizzle, no sexy, no love you to the moon and back. Nada!
My other issue is with the premise of the book. The necromancer are able to continually bring people back from the dead. Some of the dead that are brought back says they have 4 generations of grandkids. Really? If not enough people ever really die then wouldn't your country become over populated?
One thing it does have are the living dead who turn into Zombies when things aren't done properly. There were a few scenes that gave life to the story but they were few and sometimes still deluded with the main characters want to continue being depressed.
I also didn't find the narrator impressive with this one. I felt like the characters didn't POP.
Basically, I thought the summary was more exciting than the actual book.
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I wanted to love this so much more because of how much I love the cover, but it wasn't super exciting for me.
I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator's voice sort of annoyed me, which is a first for me. I don't know if this effected the way I viewed the story.
I did not find the ending exciting, it was predict able. Through all these issues though I finished it and didn't hate it.