Ward Against Death by Melanie Card

Redonk Nutshell: Fledgling necromancer gets more than he bargained for when he raises a young woman from the dead

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.  Thus begins their adventure – he learns Celia was an assassin, her prominent family held powerful cards in the underworld of crime, and more disturbingly, a renowned necromancer is stalking their steps.

I found Ward Against Death to be a hell of a good time. Poor Ward is pushed from one bad situation to another by his not-quite-dead partner-in-crime, who has a penchant for serious trouble.  Celia is, for lack of a better word, bad ass.  She has no fear, her world being completely black and white.  Ward, on the other hand, is more of a grey kind of guy.  Though in over his head, he adapts fairly well to Celia’s move-it-or-lose-it pace.  Despite their differences, they end up making an excellent team.

I was intrigued by the magic of Ms. Card’s world.  She did a fantastic job pulling it together, and I can’t wait to see what happens to our duo.  Is Celia really dead?  What’s the deal with Ward’s power?  I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in the series.

If you’re looking for a fun, adventurous dark fantasy, I’d recommend checking out Ward Against Death by Melanie Card.

Ward Against Death by Melanie Card, 306 pgs, 8/2/11

Rating: B

Romance: 2/5                 Raunch: 1/5

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