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Peek Inside Ward Against Darkness

The last thing Ward de’Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice. He can’t allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire. But the mansion is filled with monsters—human and undead—and Ward has no way of telling who’s friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She’s still dead and he’s still alive . . . for now

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His darkness will kill her. Again.

The last thing Ward de’Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice.

He can’t allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire. But the mansion is filled with monsters—human and undead—and Ward has no way of telling who’s friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She’s still dead and he’s still alive . . . for now.



Praise for Ward Against Death, book one in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer:

“This book has it all–wonderful characters, action packed, mystery, and a unique setting. An excellent debut!” ~ Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Study

“Ward. Ward, Ward, Ward. I haven't liked a protagonist this much in a long while. He's kind of a dork, kind of regal, kind of awesome, kind of idiotic... He's honor and oathe-bound and sweet and nothing like so many of the male MCs we see in YA or even New Adult. His back and forth friendship with Celia is both realistic and entertaining.” ~Kelley York, author of Hushed

With elegant prose and a clever wit, WARD AGAINST DEATH is a fun, fast-paced adventure, with just a hint of romance and plenty of suspense. I highly recommend picking up a copy. I know I'm already looking forward to the sequel! ~E. Kristin Anderson, young adult author and poet

“Ward Against Death was a ton of fun! Reminded me of a Harry Dresden meets Stephanie Plum meets awesome. Ward was funny; the poor guy just couldn’t catch a break. You gotta love it when the main character doesn’t realize just how good he is. I need to know what will happen and I can’t wait for the sequel!” ~Attack of the Book, Top 5 pick July 2011

Favorite Book of 2011~Staff top 5 Pick, Supernatural Book Lover’s Club

“Recommended for fans of kick-butt heroines who reluctantly soften as they mature, heroes who actually have to work to earn the title, and an intriguing paranormal-fantasy universe to explore. A very enthusiastically solid 5/5 Stars.”~Romanceaholic’s Best of 2011 Recommendations

Ward is such a refreshing hero, so different from all the stalkers and all the jerks in YA these days, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Celia was also wonderful – inventive and smart, and so delightfully ruthless that you can’t help but enjoy her character. The two of them make a combo worth tramping even Alona Dare and Will Killian, two of my favorite characters of all time, and that’s saying a lot.” ~The Book Lantern, a Top 5 Favorite Release in 2011

“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.” ~I Heart YA Books

Ward Against Death is a recommended read for YA lovers looking for a breath of fresh aware. Keep your stakes, garlic and silver bullets home because you won't be needing them with this juicy read! ~ A Cupcake and a Latte

“The world is rich, the characters slowly reveal themselves to be multi-layered and multi-faceted, and in this book alone Ms. Card proves that she can spin a tale full of surprises that will keep you guessing.” ~Suz, The Paperback Dolls

Ward Against Death is a thrilling debut that satisfies as a standalone, but offers so much as a series. Melanie Card has opened up a world that, though similar to regal days of the past, is unique and holds this darkness in it. I'm eager to see what happens next for Ward and Celia and just what it all means for the shady organizations that they've found themselves entangled with. ~Nikki from Wicked Awesome Books

The world was fascinating. Religious beliefs, Inquisitors and Trackers, Goddess and her two sons, the veil... I wanted to know more! ~Nocturnal Book Reviews

“In a literary world where vampires and werewolves abound, it is nice to see something as fresh and unique as Card's hesitant necromancer, Ward, and his fantastic world. The story's society, history, geography, culture, and religion are quite a remarkable achievement for the literary senses.” ~Lari is Writing

“The story was interesting and action packed. I think readers who like well-developed fantasy worlds and political intrigue will like this story. I think the plot complexity is what makes this one more suitable for older young adults.” ~Inside of a Dog

“This paranormal YA romance is heaps and heaps of fun!” ~The Midnight Garden

“This was an enjoyable read full of adventure, mystery, romance, the undead and magic. I couldn't of asked for anything better.” ~Seeing Night Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750340
Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, Book 2
Release Date: Sep 10, 2013
Page Count: 304
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Sarah February 01, 2015

“The last time we faced an Innecroestri, I took a four-story dive from a balcony, and you almost got turned into a shadow walker.”

This was an enjoyable sequel, and I found it a lot easier to follow than book 1.

I liked Ward and Celia in this book, and I totally got Ward’s confusion over what exa... ...more

By Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) March 21, 2017

I think I liked this even more than the second one. Full review to come. ...more

By Jess the Romanceaholic September 18, 2013

This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: July 18, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Teen
Author’s Website: http://melaniecard.com/
My Source for This Book: Amazon.com
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Chronicles of a Reluct... ...more

By Dani July 17, 2013

This book! I have been waiting for this book for forever!!!!!!!!!! (← ridiculous amounts of exclamation points for necessary emphasis!)

Ok, well technically not forever, because that would be a slight exaggeration and impossible, but since the moment I finished Ward Against Death two summers ago,... ...more

By Farrah August 07, 2013

If I said this book was perfection, it would be an understatement. Ward Against Darkness was an absolutely brilliant sequel! I LOVED it. The stakes are higher, the magic is darker, the romance is deeper, and it was awesome.

In this book, all the stakes are upped. Things are darker, more intense, a... ...more

By Beth August 08, 2013

Ward de’Ath is on the run from the law and criminals...he runs himself right into the home/hands of a very powerful and very evil necromancer. The “law”, through a seer, requests his help and Ward decides he must remove a powerful grimoire even if it will lead him to a terrifying end.

Ceila is Wa... ...more

By Dark Faerie Tales May 03, 2014

Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: There is a lot happening in this second installment of the series and it isn’t easy to catch up with the complex plot if you haven’t read the first book. Threats are flying at Celia and Ward from all sides, they’re confused by their feelings... ...more

By Ambra July 27, 2013

I absolutely loved the first book and since I read that one I've checked almost every week for news on "Ward Against Darkness"...that said, there were some

Things I Liked:
- Ward begins to realize his potential: in "Ward against Death" we got a glimpse of it but here he finally becomes a bit more... ...more

By Carmen July 12, 2013

Seriously loved this series! Full review on The Reading Cafe on July 31st. ...more

By Shelley August 22, 2013

*Genre* Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

After a 2 year silence without a sequel to Ward Against Death (2011), Ward Against Darkness comes out swinging with action, suspense, and yet another personal dilemma for Ward to choose which course of action he should take. Having jus... ...more

By Angie January 05, 2015

Ward Against Darkness is a sequel that is nearly as good as it's predecessor! I only have a few minor complaints, but it was still an amazing and fun read. It picks up soon after the ending of Ward Against Death with Celia and Ward on the run. Soon our two heroes find themselves at a mansion in t... ...more

By Michelle September 23, 2013

I really enjoyed the first book in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series, Ward Against Death. I liked Ward Against Darkness too but it fell short of the first book for me. The first book was fast paced and action packed while still being super detailed. This book was just as detailed a... ...more

By Melindeeloo August 25, 2013

On the run from bounty hunters, due to the fallout from the last book, necromancer Ward and the formerly dead assassin Celia are looking for a place to rest and fall into the web of the evil master Innecroestri, Macerio. Safe for the moment due to a case of mistaken identity, Ward and Celia inten... ...more

By Pam September 11, 2013

Ward and Celia are on the run. They find shelter at mansion that a powerful necromancer owns. They don't tell who they are and are just looking for a place to hide. What they find is this is a strange place where everyone acts funny and you can't tell who is good or bad. The necromancer has a dan... ...more

By Claire September 16, 2015

Ward against Darkness begins not long after the end of Ward Against Death, with Ward and Celia on the run. After evading capture, becoming wounded and running low on food, they seek shelter from their enemies at an old, out of the way castle. They expect to steal what they need and be on their wa... ...more

By Kara-karina October 03, 2013

I remember really enjoying the first book in this smashing fantasy series, and after a long wait I've been able to read the second one!

Imagine Celaena from Throne of Glass? Well, Celia was written way before her and is just as deadly. Only first time, Ward met her? She is dead, and he is performi... ...more

By Haddie August 02, 2015

Disclaimer: I received a galley in exchange for an honest review. (Provided by NetGalley) – I do not usually read dark/paranormal, but the plot of this story was very intriguing, and I have been expanding my preferred readings, to open doors to more reviews.
Book two in this serie... ...more

By Ionia September 11, 2013

First of all, I should admit to the fact that I did not read the first book in this series, so any of the times I was a bit lost were my own fault. Having mentioned that, even for someone like me who did not have the pleasure of answers from the first book, it wasn't difficult to settle into this... ...more

By J. July 29, 2013

Powerful historic fantasy with a realistic and bloody edge to it. Wonderfully deep characters, and the two main characters' development takes place on multiple levels, in multiple directions, at the same time. Ward learns more of who he is and what he can accomplish, even as he steps onto a slipp... ...more

By Laura October 20, 2013

*I was given a copy of this book courtesy of Entangled Publishing, LLC, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review *

4 stars

This is the second book in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series. In this follow up, we pick up as Cecilia and Ward are running for their lives. Ward's finall... ...more

By Samantha April 07, 2014

"Ward and Celia are still fleeing from the bounty hunters that have been chasing them down. When they finally manage to get rid of a few of them, they find a mansion that holds someone more dangerous than the hunters. Celia is ready to steal a few supplies and go, but Ward knows he has to stop th... ...more

By Louisa August 10, 2015

Oh, the things that happened in this book, all the developments! Really enjoyed it! ...more

By Live Laugh August 24, 2015

Series Review posted on my blog Live Laugh & Love Books ...more

By Small Review October 11, 2015

I love these books! Full review to come. ...more

By N.N. March 29, 2017

Ward and Celia are on the run and happen upon a very powerful Necromancer with a forbidden object. Now, trapped in a house with monsters (both living and dead) intent on killing them, Ward and Celia must figure out an escape. Then there’s the feelings between Celia and Ward: she’s still technical... ...more

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Melanie Card

About the author

Melanie Card

Melanie has always been drawn to story telling and can't remember a time when she wasn’t creating a story in her head. Her early stories were adventures with fairies and dragons and sword swinging princesses. Today she continues to spin tales of magic in lands near and far, while her cat sits on the edge of her desk and supervises. When she’s not writing, you can find her pretending to be other people thanks to her local community theatre groups.

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