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?
When I picked up this book, I went into it blind. I joined the tour knowing that this book would be good because of how many people had blurbed it, one of them being this tour host, Brittany. I can’t thank her enough for allowing me to be apart of this tour, and I am so excited for this book to finally release!
Let’s begin with Odessa. During a Twitter chat with the author, I asked her some questions about the chapters I had been reading at the time. We somehow got into talking about Legend of Korra, and I found out that the main character, Odessa, will be played by Alex McKenna (otherwise known as Korra’s mom Senna in the series) in the audiobook. I find the voice actor perfect for the job, for I did imagine Odessa having a bit of a raspy voice that was lower than normal women’s standards.
Odessa’s lover/boyfriend Evander, who is nothing but supporting and caring toward her, and he has to be one of my most liked characters. Though they have to keep their relationship a secret because of the fact that his mother does not want him marrying another Necromancer. Tragic, I know, but it really helps build the story into something great.
Then an attack occurs. One of the Necromancers is killed by a shade, disrupting whatever peace they thought they had amongst the deadlands and Karthia. Everyone is scared of what might happen if they were to continue going about the world the way they are, and this is where the princess steps in.
This book took me down a spiraling staircase and continued to take different turns as I read. I was not expecting half of what happened, and I may have shed a tear or two while reading. Sarah Glenn Marsh is definitely an author worth reading from, and I highly suggest this book once it releases. For this, I give the book 5/5 stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Glenn Marsh has been an avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life; she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys painting, ghost hunting, traveling, and all things nerdy. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and their menagerie: four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep and Reign of the Fallen.