Ward Against Death – Melanie Card

This is the first title I’ve read from the soon to open Entangled Publishing, and I have to say that I am well and truly impressed. They seem to be going about this in entirely the right way, and if this is how they are starting out? I expect great things from them in the future.

Release Date: August 2nd, 2011

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 heard about Entangled Publishing through a friend awhile back, and have been waiting eagerly for their book store to go live so that I could check out the type/quality of books they put out, so when I saw a tweet from them that they had just put this title up on NetGalley I logged straight in and requested it! Just as well, too, as I’ve since tried to get other books but they have been overloaded with requests!

I think the cover of this one is gorgeous, and I love that the series is called ‘Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer’, referring to the main lead, Ward. I found this quite refreshing, in that he could have been big and brash, like many male leads; however, he is anything but. I loved that he was a little less confident, less sure of himself, and not your typical broad shouldered, smouldering love interest. He has his own charms, and quirks, and I adored following him through the novel as he tried desperately to keep up with the deadly (and dead) Celia.

Celia, on the other hand, has a love of danger and seems to like to live life on the edge, even if she’s not quite alive. It’s amazing that she has made it this long without dying, but that just adds to her charm. While Celia puts on a brave face for most of the novel, underneath her bravado she is uncertain about what exactly is going on – who killed her, and why? This is the central question to the story, and I loved how all the threads came together.

The writing is really engaging; I got caught up in the story so quickly, and couldn’t wait to see how it all panned out. While this novel wraps the story line up nicely, there are enough questions (such as: what exactly is Celia?) and the now un-deniable attraction/emotion between Ward and Celia that will bring readers back for another round. It’s an unlikely combination for romance, but it works really well – you will have to read the book to see how it all pans out! I will be eagerly awaiting the second installment.

A solid four stars from me.

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