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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

Review


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: 9781620612972
Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, Book 2
Release Date: Sep 10, 2013
Page Count: 304
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, young adult, young adult fantasy, young adult paranormal
Tropes: overcoming odds
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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