Sunday, 8 March 2015

Ward Against Darkness (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2) by Melanie Card


Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Ward Against Darkness by Melanie Card

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Ward Against Darkness (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2) “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 exactly he had created when he bought Celia back from the dead. She really didn’t seem like someone brought back from the dead, and her energy didn’t reflect that either.

“But Ward wasn’t Celia’s master. She was pretty sure about that, except – Damn, it all came back to the fact that she had no idea what she was.”

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The storyline in this was pretty good, and I found it a lot easier to follow than the storyline in book 1. The pace was just about right, and I liked the way that Ward was now not only facing an extremely powerful Necromancer/ Inneroestri, but was also lying about his identity!

“If you hadn’t noticed, Macerio is an Innecroestri and has six rings of Habil on one ear alone. His monsters could be listening. We shouldn’t even stay long enough to get food.”



There was a little bit of romance, but it was once again all a little bit odd, with the question being which dead girl Ward fancied the most. I can see the way the author is trying to convince us that Celia doesn’t really appear dead (even though she is), but it’s still necrophilia really.

“Allette’s lips parted ever so slightly, an invitation to kiss her. But they weren’t Celia’s lips. Goddess above, it wasn’t just any love he wanted. He wanted Celia. And even if she wanted him back – a ridiculous thought at best – she was still dead and there were laws.”



The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked that we got some action! It will be interesting to see what Ward is battling in book 3!
7 out of 10

"A crossbow bolt slammed into the trunk inches above Ward's head. He jerked down and swallowed back a yelp, squeezing the hilt of his dagger to ensure he still held it.
Celia growled a curse. "We're running out of options.""



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