Necromancy, Royal Conspiracies, and Magic: Rainbow Reads’ November Book Has It All

Rainbow Reads discusses November’s book, Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh, Nov. 8

“Today, for the second time in my life, I killed King Wylding. Killing’s the easy part of the job, though. He never even bleeds when a sword runs through him. It’s what comes after that gets messy.”


November Rainbow Reads: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

November means two things: Oregon has transformed into a giant rain barrel, and it’s time for a new Rainbow Reads book! 

November’s book is Reign of the Fallen, by Sarah Glenn Marsh, and stars a young bisexual necromancer named Odessa whose job is to bring back nobles after they have passed away in order to maintain the ruling class in the fictional land of Karthia. 

Odessa is the most talented necromancer Karthia has to offer, but there are rules the raised dead must follow. One is that they can never expose their skin, because if they do, they transform into bloodthirsty monsters known as shades, and are unable to be resurrected ever again. 

Odessa must navigate a sudden increase in shade attacks, and she realizes someone is deliberately exposing the raised dead to turn them into shades, and training them to become a monstrous army of dead nobles. She must work with her fellow mages to get to the bottom of the conspiracy and grapple with the horror of her own magical gifts turned into curses.

“Why love hurts when it’s the thing we live for. The thing some people search their entire lives for. The thing some people die for.”

For those new to Rainbow Reads: Rainbow Reads is a young adult LGBTQIA2S+ book group for teens hosted by Ben Lilley and Becca Hawkins for  Wordcrafters at the Eugene Public Library. The group meets monthly to discuss young adult literature for queer teens, by queer authors, and/or about queer teens. All teen readers across the gender and sexuality spectrum are welcome.

Readers can pick up a FREE copy of each month’s book by visiting the teen reception desk in the Eugene Public Library. If the library runs out of physical copies, there are ebooks and digital versions available which can be accessed by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeFmIRqqAb7am2VFdMJpKl1vFdRoJOTU1256E1jI4voDMHETw/viewform

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 4:30-6:00 PM

WHERE: Eugene Public Library, Downtown, 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene OR, 97401

COST: Free

INFO: https://wordcrafters.org/rainbowreads/

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