Goodreads:I started reading Ward Against Death in utter excitement and couldn't put it down.
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…
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, stunning, awe-inspiring, sensational, remarkable, spectacular, stupendous, phenomenal, extraordinary and incredible; are a few words to sum up my thoughts on this book.
First I'll say that Ward is a great nickname for Edward, I've never heard it as a name before, I think its a great step away from the norm and defines Ward as the unique character that he is.
I agree with Celia's amusement of 'Ward, warding' I thought the same thing before it happened, and thought it amusing when she mentioned it.
The only way to describe Celia is to go with how Ward aptly describes her as: Annoying, arrogant, beautiful, deadly, dead, Celia. (I only think she is annoying with her trust issues, but its understandable, and part of why I love her) and 'He suspected Celia’s version of solving a problem was stabbing it in the heart.'
Celia is just so kick-ass and I loved how she was the dominant character to Wards submissive self, and not the other way around.
Ward is just so cute, don't get me wrong he has his sexy moments! But he has this nerdy cuteness going on for him that you just can't help but fall in love with him.
Celia and Ward's interactions... ooh boy; Ward just touching her hand was sexy! I almost melted into a puddle of goo by just reading it!
Watching them both grow throughout the book is an experience worth reading.
The one thing I would like to know more about is: the world that they are in; Melanie isn't too forthcoming on the details, and even though it didn't ruin the reading experience, I would like more info to understand the world better, and hopefully will do so in the second book. (Which I can hardly wait for!)
I'd also like to find out how old Celia and Ward actually are, I'm pretty sure it isn't mentioned - but I could have missed that? (I don't think I would classify this as YA, but who knows?!)
I wont say much else, as I don't want to ruin the experience for you, except Ward Against Death by Melanie Card is definitely a must read for paranormal lovers!
I give Ward Against Death by Melanie Card: 5 noms.
(wow, I didn't think that it was out until tomorrow but you can buy it already on Amazon and the Bookdepo) Go put your orders in book lovers before you miss out!