Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh –
Reign of the Fallen #1 (EPUB)
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.
Reign of the Fallen
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?
This world is magical and unique, these characters are diverse and wonderful, the topics and themes are important and needed, and I recommend this book. The author doesn’t treat readers as if they’re idiots. But on the other hand, it just felt like a very un-mindblowing read to me.