Monday, January 26, 2015

Ward Against Disaster: Tour Stop!


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.

My thoughts:

Author Melanie Card really makes you earn the pay off in this a good way! She takes her time releasing each additional volume to the Chronicles of a Reluctant  (we're averaging about two years between books) as well as the slow burn romance between our necromancer, Ward, and the risen-from-the dead assassin bound to him, Celia Carlyle.

Card's an excellent crafts(wo)man when it comes to world-building and I'm not ashamed to admit one of my favorite parts of this book was the city-with-an-attitude Dulthyne. It's a city of BADNESS, and, for our little band of heroes which now includes the tracker Nazarius de'Serra, it holds answers, dangers, and a dark force Ward unleashed that now needs to be contained--quickly.

This third installment is a keeper and by no means does it wrap up all of our characters' issues--in fact, it leaves it wide open for a fourth book that we'll just have to be patient and wait for. (Harrumph!)

If you haven't read the first two books in Card's series, it's highly recommended you backtrack and do so--these aren't standalone novels and you'll really benefit from understanding the back story attached to each character.

Bottom line?
Highly recommended!


Title: Ward Against Disaster

Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer

Author: Melanie Card

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Price: $2.99 (Kindle)

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Available: Amazon

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review the book! :)