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Peek Inside Ward Against Death

Twenty-year-old Ward de Ath expected this to be a simple job to launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for...

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She’ll be the death of him.

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…



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

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

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781937044084
Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 2, 2011
Page Count: 286
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Wendy Darling July 10, 2011

This book is heaps and heaps of fun! I didn't know quite what to expect going into it, but I was hooked from the very first page and had a grand old time following Ward on his adventures.

There are so many awesome elements to keep you on the edge of your seat. Cool action sequences. People brought... ...more

By Jillian -always aspiring- July 16, 2015

(Actual Rating: 4.5 stars)

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... ...more

It's been a long time since one character simply outshined all others and carried a book. That is what happened in this book. Ward was simply adorable, charming, goofy, clumsy, brave, loyal, and so many other descriptive adjectives I could come up with. I wanted to hug him, scold him, laugh at hi... ...more

By Jess the Romanceaholic June 28, 2011

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

Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website: http://melaniecard.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Chronicles of a Reluctant Necroma... ...more

By Crowinator July 09, 2011

I read this Netgalley arc on my Kindle while sitting in my hotel lobby waiting for my airport shuttle to take me to the New Orleans airport (I had three hours to kill), and then finished it on the plane back to Denver.

Interestingly, I’ve now read two novels featuring young scholarly men who star... ...more

By Saly July 09, 2011

Ward Against Death was pure awesome!It reminded me how much I loved the Trudi Canavan books when I was fourteen.

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, h... ...more

By Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) March 18, 2017

RTC! ...more

By Claudia January 14, 2016

Ward Against Death was an unexpected but welcome breath of fresh air in comparison with other paranormal romances. Actually, if I have to be accurate, I would call this book a (urban?) fantasy, although the hero does have a love interest in the heroine.

Let me start by telling how much I liked War... ...more

By Kate (Nomalicious Reads) December 21, 2011

More reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads

I started reading Ward Against Death in utter excitement and couldn't put it down.

I knew it would be good, but it was just so much more than I thought it would be!

Melanie Card, you astound me with your writing prowess.

Astounding, surprising,... ...more

By Amber at Fall Into Books July 30, 2013

Ward Against Death was a pleasant surprise for me. I went into this novel not expecting a lot, to be honest. The ratings on Good Reads aren't that flattering, but I decided I'd give it a try anyway. So I sampled it from Amazon and ended up downloading the entire novel. I'm glad that I did. This b... ...more

By Debbie I Heart YA Books June 28, 2011

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... ...more

By E. November 08, 2011

The first thing I noticed about Melanie Card‘s novel is how completely ensconced the reader is in the world. It isn’t that the author bogs down the narrative with details, or that there are hefty explanations for every little thing that is different from the way we live. It’s just there — the wor... ...more

By Cristina January 26, 2015

Originally posted on my blog, http://bibliophilemystery.blogspot.com/

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... ...more

By Ron December 16, 2011

I was fortunate enough to have had a glimpse of the early manuscript of this novel in 2004, and I’m happy to see that the finished product lives up to the brilliant premise I saw back then. The thing that surprised me most was how the action in the novel obeys laws of physics—something I wish mor... ...more

By Stacey April 06, 2012

Ooo I adored this book! The world was so lush and vivid. The plot was woven beautifully and I was sucked right into the story. While that was all a bonus, the characters are what had me captivated. It was so refreshing to read a hero who isn’t an Alpha.

Ward is such a softy, a bit awkward, and se... ...more

By Joan April 18, 2017

Loved this. I have to admit to skimming some parts simply because I was actually more interested in the development of the relationship between Ward and Celia, but this was a cracking good story about magic and death and suspense.

There was some stunningly good writing and I loved the way Celia t... ...more

By Samuel March 06, 2017

Wow, what a tale this was!!! the writer made this magical world come alive for me and the action was fun and fast paced. I cannot wait to read the next book and see what other adventures await Ward and Celia. very fun read with lots of suspense and action. ...more

By Wren [t(he)y] January 02, 2017

This review can also be found at http://fortheloveofbooksreviews.blogs...

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

Ward is a necromancer and a physician. He also takes part in illegal surgeries, which has left him on the wanted list in many regions. When he... ...more

By Raven_Blake February 09, 2017

Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

*ARC received from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I actually requested this on a whim while I was feeling bored and when I finally got into it surprisingly I found myself enjoying this. I loved the concept of the b... ...more

By Angie January 05, 2015

From the very beginning, I knew Ward Against Death was going to be a winner. It reminded me too much of my all-time favorite TV show, Pushing Daisies, for me to not enjoy it. Just like the show, Ward has the ability to bring back the dead for a limited amount of time. His latest job is to wake a... ...more

By Rachel August 02, 2011

Check out more of my reviews (and other fun things!!!) on my blog: Paper Cuts

I have quite a few friends who have read this book before me, and all have raved about it. I admitted it looked intriguing, but couldn't understand how they could love it as much as they did. Only once I started it did I... ...more

By Katie September 12, 2013

I had no idea from the blurb that this book was supposed to be YA. And even after reading it, I'm not sure if I would have characterized it that way. Both of the characters are about 20 years old, with careers, so to speak. Then again, there is no sex and our male main character isn't quite the s... ...more

By WildAboutBones July 28, 2011

Necromancers, assassins, murders, re-animations, black magic, tackers, inquisitors, a sinister plot to create a shadow walker, humor and a romance are the stars in this paranormal romance. Such a fun story, one in which the girl is the hero and the guy gets pulled along for the ride unable to rea... ...more

By Kereesa July 31, 2017

**A thank you to Kate from Nomalicious Reads for allowing me to pick a book in her giveaway, and for writing a review that convinced me to pick Ward Against Death :D**

Ward Against Death was a fun, dark, paranormal story. Set in a world half victorian England, and surrounded by gilds filled with s... ...more

By Isamlq September 19, 2011

This book has a lot going for it: a kick ass heroine, a goofy guy who is in over his head, a cool plot of necromancer meets assassin and action, lots and lots of action! (And then throw in a romance that could have gotten old quickly had there been no role reversal to keep things new.)

The charact... ...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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