My review of Reign of the Fallen
First, I want to give a huge thank you to Sarah Glenn Marsh. She’s a wonderful woman and is so sweet. I started talking to her (more like gushing about the characters from Reign of the Fallen) and she helped me receive this copy. So, a huge thank you to her. She’s just so damn sweet.
This book picks up where Reign of the Fallen ends, so I’m going to do my best not to give spoilers for it.
There’s a new cast of characters in this and there’s more worldbuilding because, for a third of the book, you get to see the larger world outside of Karthia. I really loved that. I loved the deepening mythology of the series because it makes it a good set up for future books set in the same world. This series is only a duology, so this is the last book with this cast of characters.
Another thing I loved, like I did with the first book, is the diversity. In this, there are a couple of bi characters, a couple F/F couples, and a M/M couple. It’s fantastic because the diversity is just there. It never felt forced or like Marsh was trying to make it diverse to make readers happy.
But, I do (obviously) have some cons for the book. While the broadening mythos of this world was wonderful, it also left me wanting more because the new things were just mentioned and they weren’t fully expanded on.
I also still am not for the main romance between Odessa and Meredy. I don’t know why, but I love them as friends but not in a relationship. I loved Odessa and Evander (oh, Evander my sweet cinnamon roll) but something in me just can’t connect with Meredy and Odessa.
The plot, I feel, also was rushed. In a way, it felt like so many things were being jammed into the book. The mythos around powers, the new parts of this world, the budding and changing relationship between Odessa and Meredy, the plot to get rid of Valoria, introducing a bunch of new characters. There was just so much going on that it was hard to keep it cohesive since there was just so much to keep track of for me as a reader.
I did enjoy this book. I’m so sad that this is the last of it, but I’m also so glad that Marsh is going to keep this a duology since it seems like those are disappearing. It also makes me excited for extra books in this world, but not featuring the same characters or having them there but just as little inserts for old readers.
Overall, I have critiques of the book but it was still a joy to read and I can’t wait to have a finished copy so I can binge read the whole series.
Have you read this series? What do you think?
Is it on your TBR?