Title: Ward Against Darkness
Author: Melanie Card
Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: August 27th 2013
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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 was one of my most anticipated books this year, so for some reason I forgot all about the release date and when I routinely went to go check up on it, I got a big surprise when I discovered that it had been out for a few weeks. I barely could contain my excitement as I quickly purchased it on kindle.
But before I devoured it straight away like I really wanted to. I decided to re-read Ward Against Death since I could barely remember what happened. I was so glad that I did, usually I don't do this as there are so many books and so little time, but since I loved Ward Against Death so much the first time around I thought it couldn't hurt to read the first few chapters but ended up reading it all.
Ward Against Darkness had everything I loved about the first book. Celia was just as bad-ass and ruthless in her deadly assassin ways. She has grown so much as a character, thanks to Ward she proves to have a bit more of a heart and conscience than she had when she was actually alive. The irony, right?
Ward was just as adorable and completely clueless to Celia's feelings as he was in the first book. Ward also has grown a lot as a character thanks to Celia and their adventures in the previous book. Ward is a bit more brave, strong and well, powerful... if only he could see how awesome and kick-ass he could be! He also has learnt his lesson to be wary of women and their seductive 'oh help me, I'm a sad, poor helpless woman in need of a big strong man' routine. Barely.
Although I really liked Ward Against Darkness, and I understand that Celia and Wards adventure and well... romance, is just barely just beginning. I just expected something a tiny bit more. Probably more on the romance front than anything, but hopefully there will be more of that in the third book! *shakes fist* I
I really enjoyed the look we got of the Innecroestri (very bad necromancers) and that they weren't so extinct as the rest of the world really thinks them to be. Also we find out that maybe Celia was made through Innecroestri magic - yet, is obviously different. I think Ward might have actually brought her back to life, but hey who knows, that's just my theory so I'm probably wrong.
I just hope that Celia doesn't think that magic is the cause of her feelings for Ward because they need to make-out already... well again.
I really hope that Ward's grandfather makes an appearance in future books, but hopefully Ward wont get in too much trouble for bringing Celia back from the dead, because he has no idea how powerful he is. But the question is... does Ward's grandfather know?
I loved that Nazarius is back! I really liked him in the first book and thought he was a great addition to the second. I hope that whatever sinister plan the seer has up his sleeve will be backfire in his face and that Nazarius's new found friendship with Ward will win him over to Ward's side in the end.
I could go on talking about this book forever, so I'm going to stop here and lightly nudge everyone who hasn't read Ward Against Death to go get that book pronto! You're missing out on one heck of a read!
Ward Against Darkness
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