When I first heard about the tour for WARD AGAINST DEATH I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. I may have even begged just a little. The description screamed that this was my kind of book.
A necromancer. With the really awesome name of Ward de’Ath. A mystery. A murder. And a girl who may just be stringing him along.
I’m so curious to find out why Celia has so many enemies. And I’m just as curious to discover whether Ward gets into trouble for helping her find her murderer instead of simply bringing her back from the dead to say goodbye to her family.
This book will definitely be one of my January reads. Just peeking at the first two parts of the chapter reveals has me dying to read more. And I’m stoked to be able to share one of those reveals here on the blog.
If you want to read part one before checking out my reveal of part two, then head over to K-Books whose post is linked in the tour schedule below.
Be sure to make note of the highlighted word in both our reveals as they will form part of the answer for the scavenger hunt!
Of course, as always, before all that here is just a little bit…
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…
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He jerked his hand back. This was not a necropsy on a body he’d stolen from a graveyard. He hadn’t been hired to determine her cause of death. This was a wake. All of her family—her very powerful family—waited a wing away for word that they could have a final fifteen minutes with their beautiful and cherished daughter. Besides, when he woke her, he could just as easily ask what her symptoms were before and during the illness—even if that was cheating.
With another breath, he opened his bag and removed a vial of cow’s blood. He eased the stopper from the vial, dipped his little finger into the dark liquid, and drew an open goddess-eye on her forehead.
He could do this.
He imagined the power of the cow’s spirit igniting the innate gift within him. Grandfather said it felt as if his entire body tingled, but Ward had never experienced that sensation, or any sensation related to his gift for that matter. He was blind to it, unable to sense the ebb and flow of life energy, but still able to manipulate it. Maybe that was why he struggled to perform anything more difficult than a wake.
Or better yet, maybe he wasn’t destined to be a necromancer, but a surgeon. Surgery, however, had yet to be made legal, and his expulsion from the physicians’ academy had ended his prospects of becoming a doctor.
And that was just the way things were.
Unclenching his jaw, he resigned himself, yet again, to his situation. He placed his left hand over her heart, his right hand on her forehead, and closed his eyes. He called on knowledge from the Light Son, power over the dead from the Dark Son, and grace and well-being from the Goddess. He envisioned the veil between worlds, a gauzy film of writhing mist—or so his grandfather said—opening, and the spark of her spirit flying back through it to her body.
She gasped. Icy blue eyes flew open and examined him, her gaze jumping from his face, to his wig, to his jacket, and back to his face. Her eyes narrowed and her hand snaked under her pillow. “It’s not wise to enter a lady’s bedchamber without her consent.”
Okay, I’m ready for more. If I just didn’t have those two books on the pile before this one I’d be diving right in. But I will. Very, very soon. Because already I feel for poor Ward de’Ath. He clearly has his hands full. And I’m wondering just what she’s reaching for under the pillow….
WARD AGAINST DEATH is the first book in author Melanie Card’s Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer. Here’s just a little bit about the second book in the series, WARD AGAINST DARKNESS.
About the Sequel
WARD AGAINST DARKNESS (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2) coming June 2013!
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.
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A WARD AGAINST DEATH Prize Pack including –
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9 eBook copies of WARD AGAINST DEATH
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12.31 K-Books – Chapter 1 Part 1
1.1 Tynga’s Reviews – Review
1.2 Fiktshun – (You’re here!) – Chapter 1 Part 2
1.3 Always YA at Heart – Review
1.4 Bibliophilia, Please – Chapter 1 Part 3
1.7 Refracted Light – Q&A with Celila and Ward
1.8 Chapter by Chapter – Chapter 1 Part 4
1.9 Book Briefs – Chapter 1 Part 5
1.10 Rants N Scribbles – Review
1.11 My Life With Books – Chapter 1 Part 6