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Song of the Dead
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Song of the Dead
Reign of the Fallen Series, Book 2
The Dead must stay buried.
Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom's borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia's waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.
Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can't help being mesmerized by the new magic—and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria's mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won't be enough to save their fates.
In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before.
The Dead must stay buried.
Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom's borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia's waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.
Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can't help being mesmerized by the new magic—and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria's mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won't be enough to save their fates.
In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before.
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  • From the book The Shade darts toward my friends and me on all fours, drooling and snarling as it breathes the human-scented air, a rarity in the Deadlands. Bits of gray, rotten flesh fly off it as it bounds into a field of luminous flowers, gaining ground even as we run our hardest.
    Valoria falls first, as the monster's bony hand wraps around her ankle and tugs. I spin around and draw my sword, but too late. Valoria's already gone, and the monster has Simeon and Jax in its fists, shaking their limp bodies as their heads loll between their shoulders.


    Unhinging its jaw, the Shade grinds its razor-sharp teeth in anticipation. It pops Jax into its mouth, then Simeon, as I hack at it with my sword. The monster doesn't even seem to notice the cuts I'm making. It just keeps gulping down my friends as I sob and slash at it.


    Now it's got Danial and Kasmira. I thought they'd run ahead to safety when the monster grabbed Valoria.


    I shove my sword through its middle, but of course, Shades don't have hearts. Black blood leaks from the wound I created.


    The Shade releases a gleeful howl, sending spikes of cold down my back. Gazing into its sightless face, I realize what's made it so happy: It's cradling Meredy's broken body, about to swallow her up.

    With an anguished yell, I pull my sword free, aiming to cut off the creature's ugly head. But my sword turns to dust in my hands.


    There's nothing I can do.

    "Odessa!" someone calls from a distance.


    But I don't look to see who spoke. Instead, I force myself to watch as the monster unhinges its jaw, splashing Meredy's pale face with drool.


    Just as suddenly as it raises her to its mouth, it drops her. It grabs me by the shoulders, locking the black pits of its eyes on mine, and releases an ear-shattering cry.


    "Wake up!"

    I blink into the deepest darkness, breathing hard, shrugging off the lingering haze of a dream. It's Meredy's warm hands on my shoulders, not the skeletal claws of a Shade. It's Meredy accidentally sitting on my legs, shaking me awake, her breathing quick with worry.

    The Paradise gently rocks as it glides over a swell, headed farther away from Lyris toward open seas, assuring me that I'm nowhere near the Deadlands. That the scariest thing I've really seen tonight was the crowd at that tavern.

    "What are you doing?" I mumble, still trying to wake myself further. "I'm all right."

    "I'm sorry," Meredy whispers, dropping her hands. "You woke me up with your muttering, and it sounded like you were having a nightmare. I wanted to help . . ." She pulls back, hastily retreating from my cot.

    "Thank you," I murmur, grateful for the darkness hiding my embarrassment.

    Meredy's breathing relaxes as she settles on her bed. "Do you want to talk about it? What happened in your dream?"

    "No. But thanks for offering." Heat rises up my neck at the thought of Meredy hearing what I dreamed, how I couldn't protect her or anyone else even in a world that exists entirely in my mind. "If I have another nightmare tomorrow, do you think you could—?"

    "I'll wake you," she promises.

    Meredy falls silent after that, so I try to concentrate on the rhythm of the sea and the way the wind calls across it, first howling and then pausing, as though waiting for a response that never comes.

    At last, Meredy asks in a small voice, "And if I have a bad dream?"

    I nod, but realizing she can't see it, I add, "I'll do the same for you."

    "Good." Rising onto her knees, Meredy fumbles with something in the darkness a moment.

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  • Kirkus

    December 15, 2018
    One threat against Karthia may have been vanquished, but new dangers are on the horizon for the kingdom of magic and necromancers.This sequel picks up moments after the first book concludes, with Odessa sailing away from Karthia after killing the tyrannous king. However, the brown-skinned master necromancer quickly returns following a call for help from her friend and new queen, pale-skinned Valoria. Her subjects are pushing back violently against Valoria's inventions and changes, particularly her edict that the Dead will no longer be raised to reside among the living. This and other conflicts escalate slowly, but the major threat--Ezoran invaders heading toward Karthia--is distant rather than immediate, leaving the story without a major conflict driving it forward. The strength here instead lies in inventive worldbuilding and interactions between the dynamic cast of characters. Marsh (Reign of the Fallen, 2018, etc.) introduces surprising new magic and pushes the boundaries of what readers--or characters--believed possible. Some additions are overly convenient but undeniably fun--such as the dog-sized dragon Nipper, who latches on to Odessa and offers multiple plot-essential abilities. The already robust cast, diverse in both race and sexual orientation, is joined by new faces. Bisexual Odessa deepens her relationship with the pale-skinned beast master Meredy, while both girls cope with grief for lost loved ones. Slow-moving but ultimately a satisfying addition to this inventive, character-driven fantasy series. (Fantasy. 13-18)

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