GLOBAL BLOG TOUR: Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Welcome to my tour stop on the Global Blog Tour for Sarah Glenn Marsh's Song of the Dead, organised by Penguin Random House International. I was OVER the moon when I was asked to be a part of the tour, not only because Sarah G Marsh is the kindest person (with the coolest pets) EVER, but also because I LOVED Reign of the Fallen. (Read my review here)

Thank you to PRH International for my free review copy of the book. All opinions are entirely my own.

Title: Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2)
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publication Date: January 22nd 2019
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin Random House)
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 2/2 of the Reign of the Fallen Series
I Got A Copy Through: PRH International (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: 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.
Even though I didn’t talk about it much in my review, Reign of the Fallen, the prequel to Song of the Dead was not your typical fantasy. In fact, it was probably a fantasy-contemporary, if such a genre exists. I loved it for its inclusiveness and ALSO the fact that it was different, but all said and done, the book was hard to read. The grief was raw, the deaths were many and while it was so real, it wasn’t emotionally easy to get through.

Not that I don’t love it – because I ABSOLTUELY DO. Because of the kind of mixed genre, the prequel was, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Song of the Dead.


The pace and tone of the series changed completely in this book. While Reign of the Fallen focused on a country being stuck in its ways, the Dead, grief and loss, Song of the Dead was about exploration, invention, the family we choose, change, healing and love. It was WONDERFUL to step back into this world, with a diverse cast of characters I love and be happy about the progress they made and the new world they’re building together.

MY THOUGHTS:

1.       I remain unconvinced about Odessa and Meredy’s relationship. I absolutely love the Odessa is bi, and that a strong female romance is a central theme in the book, but the fact that Odessa was falling for the boy she planned to marry’s SISTER somehow felt weird to me. I loved the two of them together, I loved the representation and the fact that in this fantasy world, identifying anywhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum was considered as normal as breathing (because it should be EVERYWHERE) but the sister part was a real downer.
 
   2.       DRAGONS ARE REAL NOW! I absolutely loved Nipper and her loyalty and it was just a lot of fun to see a dragon in the book.

   3.       I loved the easy camaraderie between Jax, Simeon, Odessa, Valoria, Meredy and all the new additions to their crew. I loved the inventions (especially the hot air balloon) and also the fact that the Deadlands/ spirit world still played such an important role.

That’s it!


Would I recommend this series? YES! It’s diverse, inclusive and filled with zombies, dragons, loss, love and the Dead. If this combination doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will!
Sarah Glenn Marsh

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children's picture books.

She lives, writes, and paints things in Virginia, supported by her husband, four rescued greyhounds, three birds, and many fish.

If she could, she'd adopt ALL THE ANIMALS.

Have you had a chance to dive into Sarah Glenn Marsh's Reign of the Fallen and Song of the Dead?
What's the most diverse fantasy you've read recently?
I'd absolutely love to hear from you!
 

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