Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1)
But when Ward wakes the beautif...more
There are so many awesome elements to keep you on the edge of your seat. Cool action sequences. People brought back from the dead. "Seeing smoke." A seductive villain who will steal your soul with a kiss. An assassin who kills someone by throwing a dagger through his throat. Oooo! Just the kind of action I like...more
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Author’s Website: http://melaniecard.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm
I don't normally start reviews off this way, but I honestly think that this was one if not the best books I've read all year, and since it's almost July...more
My first thoughts after finishing Ward Against Death: Oh my goodness, I loved this book so much, but now I have to wait a while for the sequel to meet these characters again. Darn it, I read this too fast!
Ward Against Death, debut novel from Melanie Card, is the kind of book that should make a first-time novelist proud. Great main characters, awesome world-building, gripping plot, suspense, action, humor. . .whatever could go wrong here? All of those elements, when mixe...more
Ward is a necromancer, called by Lord Carlyle for the wake of his daughter Celia. He doesn't consider his magic that powerful and would rather be a physician but he was kicked out.
So, he wakes her up and is shocked to find not a noblewoman like lady but a woman who pulls a knife on him and then starts rattling tales of how she was murdered and can't trust anyone.
Ward comes across as a...more
I think the cover of this one is gorgeous, and I love that the series is called 'Chr...more
Interestingly, I’ve now read two novels featuring young scholarly men who started out as surgeons, or studying to be surgeons, and ended up necromancers: this one, and Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. In Ward’s universe, surgery is illegal, while in Johannes Cabal’s, necromancy is,...more
I really liked the idea behind this book and i think the idea behind the story is really original. I really enjoyed the first part of the story, but somewhere along the way my interest in the story lessened.
The book is about a necromancer (something I don't read about that often)who revives someone from the death and decides her help find her murderer. I really was pulled into the story and wanted to know what was going to happen. After a...more
The description of this book intrigued me a lot, so I was thrilled when I received it as an ARC.
This story got me hooked up from the fist page, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before! Secret societies, assassins who throw knives through one’s neck *shiver*…
Ward is different from the male leading characters I’ve read about lately, and I had a hard time getting to like him, bec...more
Ward and Celia are so totally different but...more
Only, nothing is as it seems for these two. They both harbor secrets. They’ll have to learn to trust each other to find the answers they seek.
Ms. Card gives the reader a historical feel in this par...more
Celia Carlisle is an assassin who has been murdered. Ward de'Ath is the reluctant necromancer hired to revive her for fifteen minutes so she can tell who murdered her, say goodbye to her family, whatever. Instead she escapes to figure out who murdered her and why. Ward is guil...more
This book involved a lot of traveling, adventures and a mixture of entertaining characters. the mystery behind why Celia thinks she has b...more
I liked Ward a lot. He was an all around good guy that just wanted to do what was right. He was smart but at times kind of clueless. Maybe not clueless, more like innocent. Mostly, I felt sorry for Ward. I wonder many times I said, “Poor, poor Ward”. It wasn't that people picked on Ward, or that he was a lost cause. It was just that from the beginning he was way in over his head. Wayyyy in over his head. N...more
Ward Against Death is amazing! One of the main characters Ward, is a necromancer with power he has no idea he has. While the other main character Celia, is a kick-ass assassin. The main villain (yes there is more than one bad guy in this) has the kiss of death.
You know the person that got made fun of in high school for ALWAYS having to do the right thing? Well, that is Ward. He is so good-hearted that he risks his own life trying to save a dead girl…Yeah read the book and that last sentence wil...more
A necromancer called Ward de’Ath brings murdered assassin, Celia Carlyle, back to life for 15 minutes, to allow her family time to say goodbye; but things go a little astray, and now he’s helping her to solve the mystery of her murder.
This story has just a great plot, it’s full of intrigue, interesting lines and is just a clever, clever story; the characters are all enjoyable to read, and the pacing is great. What lets it down dramatically is the world building which is absolutely non-existent....more
All in all, I enjoyed this book. I found the setting was wonderful and made it really easy to get a feel for the situation the main characters were...more
WARD tells the story of a fourth-generation necromancer named Edward de'Ath (he goes by Ward. And incidentally, how cool...more
Here's a young necromancer who can't catch a break. Coming from a long line of necromancers, Ward de'Ath is still young and trying to make a name for himself.
The story begins with Ward performing a "wake." This means Ward has been hired by nobility to bring a young woman back from the dead for fifteen minutes to say a final "goodbye" before burial. What Ward doesn't expect is the dead Celia Carlyle to awaken and enlist Ward on a quest to find out who murdered her.
Ward Against Death is fantastic. I loved this story. It’s a fresh, new Paranormal. I’ve never read about Necromancers before, but as long as the story has Ward, I will be counting the days for the second book in this series. Ward and Celia are awesome characters. They grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Talk about reversed roles: Celia is the one who is tough, fearless, the butt-kicker and Ward is the clumsy, unsure damsel in distress. These two are hilarious together. Poor Ward is trying so hard to...more
Ward De’Ath, a young doctor and burgeoning necromancer, summons beautiful Celia Carlyle from her recent death to perform a quick 15 minute wake - so her family can pay tribute. What he doesn't expect is for Celia to pop up and cry foul play. She demands Ward help her track down her murderers and Ward, in shock and only just having gotten back on his feet on his new career path, agrees...more
At first, I liked the cover. Then I started the book, and fall right into the action. What starts like an easy job for Ward, a young necromancer, a wake bringing back from the dead a girl for 15 minutes so that her parents could say their goodbye, evolve into an extraordinary advent...more
The cover of Ward Against Death did not play into my decision to read the book as much as usual. Usually, I am choosing a physical book...more
When I spotted the cover I thought "oh well, let's brave another YA book". Not that I'm against YA books, it's just I like them dark and gritty, and most of them aren't. However, I was wrong. This was a good old fantasy *grinning*, and I was hooked from the page one.
Disregard the cover. The girl in the flowy black dress? Meet Celia - a local crime lord's daughter, a hardened assassin and a proud member of the Assassins Guild. She is cold, calculating and fabulous. Mostly you'll see her in b...more
Ward is such a softy, a bit awkward, and seriously the cutest guy ever! More than once I wanted to reach into the book and hug him!! I loved how Celia was this strong gal and I kept cheering her on throughout the story.
There is one scene that wa...more
There for awhile, I had thought it was going to be a romance. I was hoping for it and at the same time hoping against it. But that...more