Thursday, 12 March 2015

Ward Against Disaster (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #3) by Melanie Card

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead. Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic. When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever.

Ward Against Disaster by Melanie Card

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Ward Against Disaster (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #3)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“Bloody Necromancers,” Nazarius chuckled. A smile pulled Jotham’s lips. “literally.”

This was an okay story, but it left us with one heck of a huge cliff-hanger ending!

I liked Ward in this story. He was really struggling with his magic, but still managed to stay strong and stop the dark magic from taking him over. I thought this really showed his strength of character, as the magic really did want to force him to do wrong.

“I gave you the perfect gift, two souls to sacrifice. But you didn’t take it.”
“And I never will.”

The storyline in this was okay, but I didn’t like it as much as the storyline in book 2. My attention just kept lapsing, and the pace really dragged in places. The best part of the storyline was Ward battling the dark magic, because the rest of the story just didn’t interest me. I have to say that this book did have some good lines though.

“You’re supposed to be dead.”
He cocked his head to the side. “And so are you.”

There was some romance, and it was once again Ward lusting after Celia, even though he knew she was dead. There were some interesting revelations with regards to Celia’s ‘undead’ status though, which could certainly alter this relationship.

“She gave him her wicked smile.
He thought his heart would stop altogether. She was stunning – she was always stunning – and he ached with a desire he wasn’t supposed to have.”

The ending to this did drag a bit, but then we got a very unexpected event right at the end, which is going to totally throw this whole story upside-down, and back-to-front. Talk about crazy!
Overall; okay story, with one heck of a crazy, unexpected ending!
6.5 out of 10

“Freedom doesn’t give you permission to murder people.”
“Is it murder when survival is involved?”

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