Title: Ward against Death
Series: Chronicles of a reluctant Necromancer, #1
Author: Melanie Card
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Tags: New Adult, Magic, Fantasy
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.
But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.
However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…
When Ward agrees to do a Wake, so the grieving family is able to say goodbye to their beloved daughter, who recently passed away. However, nothing goes as planned. The beloved daughter, Celia, immediately jumps out of the window, claiming “they” are out to kill her. And since she’s death they must have succeeded in their plan…
Since Celia doesn’t want to return and is determined to catch her murderer, Ward doesn’t have an other option than following her. He hopes that the spell he cast on her is over soon, so he doesn’t have to deal with the Quayestri again. They punish people who steal bodies very severely! Celia, who turns out to be an assassin for her father the Dominus, the lord of the underworld (not the real one 😉 ), is able to convince Ward that she is indeed murdered and that she needs his help to find out who did it. Ward reluctantly promises to help her find her murderer.
The Wake Ward cast on Celia lasts only 15 minutes and since it’s very hard to retrieve a person from the other side of the veil every quarter, he decides to cast a stronger spell, the Jam de ‘U. The problem is that he doesn’t have the right ingredients for the spell and worse, he is rudely interrupted while casting the spell by the men who followed him and Celia through the sewers. Another problem is that he isn’t the best necromancer around, since he can’t even see the power field and has to do everything by feeling. He appears to be able to resurrect Celia, although he’s not sure what the effects of his spell will be on her. Together they search for Celia’s murderer, only it seems that something more is going on than they thought….
It took me a while to get into this story. Normally, I’m not really fond on undead people and I prefer warm werewolves over cold vampires (even when they sparkle 😉 ). I’m glad I decided to read this book anyway, thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
The whole story revolves around who killed Celia. This is the first time I’ve read about someone who tries to find her own murderer, which leads to very funny situations in the book 😉 The world where the story takes places has also been built very nicely, with interesting aspects, like the Seers and the Quayestri. They give more dept to the story and it was very interesting to read about them.
Normally I can’t resist the temptation in a whodunit to skip to the end to find out who killed the person. Not with this book. I enjoyed the story too much to “bother” skipping to the end. Although I had the feeling that finding out who murdered Celia wasn’t that significant, the why she was killed was three times more important. And it didn’t really help that the entire city was Celia’s enemy 😉
Ward *deep sigh* is adorable. He’s so sweet, nice, very distracted and often nearly in tears, this all makes you want to cuddle him even closer ^^. You can’t do anything else but love him. He grows tremendously in the story. At the beginning he is very unsure, easily near tears and very shy, but as the story continuous, he comes slowly but surely out of his shell and stands a lot more firmly in life.
Celia is something else. I can’t remember reading about such a strong, distrusting heroin. The distrust got a little boring after a while, especially when she uses it on Ward. You also read the story through his eyes, so you know he would never do the things she’s accusing him of.
Overall rating? 4 hearts. I loved reading it and can’t wait to read the next book, in which hopefully Ward keeps his lovableness and we’ll finally know what kind of spell Ward DID cast on Celia 😉
Of course I wasn’t listening, I was thinking!
A typical Ward statement. It describes exactly how he is and proves that men can’t do two things at a time 😉
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉
Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer
- Ward against Death
- Ward against Darkness (Not Yet Published)