Saturday, 28 February 2015

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1) by Melanie Card

Blurb (from Goodreads):
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…

Ward Against Death by Melanie Card

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, #1) “It’s just that I don’t tend to work on live patients.” He reached for his scissors, leaning so close he could feel the heat radiating from her body.
“Let me put you at ease.” She blew against his neck. The cavern grew uncomfortably warm. “I’m not alive.”

This was an interesting story, but I have to admit to getting very confused in places.

The characters in this were quite different. Celia was a dead assassin, trying to figure out who had killed her, and very much rocking to the beat of her own drum (and screw everybody else), whilst Ward was at times a gifted doctor, but at other times a bit of a bumbling idiot.

“He didn’t know where he was going or what he was doing, and now he stood in the middle of the street carrying a corpse.

Ward seemed very quick to forget that Celia was dead in this story, even though he was the necromancer who had re-animated her, and at times I was worried that he was going to totally throw caution to the wind, and indulge in a bit of necrophilia (which is a bit gross really).

“Besides, he couldn’t let a pretty, beautiful, stunning, sexy, bod- face distract him.
She. Was. Dead.
There was a law against what his body wanted.”

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The storyline in this really confused me. Celia was killed, but we didn’t know who by, and then when they started to work things out, the explanation as to what had been going on was as clear as mud. Having read a couple of chapters twice I still couldn’t figure it out! Something about Celia’s father, an Innecroestri, a scholar, the Dominus, and a shadow walker. I really do not have a clue.

The ending to this was likewise confusing, but I’m pretty sure the good guys won… I think.

6 out of 10

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