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Posted July 27, 2013
I absolutely loved the first book and since I read that one I've checked almost every week for news on "Ward Against Darkness"...that said, there were some
Things I Liked:
- Ward begins to realize his potential: in "Ward against Death" we got a glimpse of it but here he finally becomes a bit more aware of what he can do...
- Ward is amazing! He is still gentle and nerdish, but he's so good at masking his real thoughts and feelings and manages to fool a lot of people :) That was great...
- The idea about how the house guests are enspelled: it gave a really eerie air to the place.
- Val. He was a good character...sad, but good: hope we'll get to see him again sometime.
- Nazarius. I liked those small chapters from his point of view and I'm glad we'll get to know him better :)
- The story was great, it kept my attention, it was full of action and Ward had to grow up and make some morally debatable choices. The bad guy, an Innecroestri (dark necromancer) looking for an apprentice, was really bad, without many shades of grey (which I'm not sure is a "like" point since I usually like "grey" bad guys more...but he was convincing enough :) )
Things I did'n t Like So Much:
- This book was less dynamic (I think that's the correct term?) than the first: almost all the story took place inside the same building. Don't get me wrong: it was beautifully described, and I could see before my eyes every room they entered...it's just that I like it more when the characters move around (in "Ward against Death" they kept running across the city and we got to see a lot of different places). Here the ambience had a bit the feeling of those "point and click" games.
- Celia! Sorry, but I just don't seem to be able to stick for her! Her relationship with Ward was still uncertain and awkward, the same as in the first book, and sadly it doesn't move a lot forward :(
She was all "yes...no...maybe...I don't know...it could be the spell...but he's a good guy...but what if my feelings are not real..." Agh! Stop mentally whining and kiss him! Or...don't! Just...stop!
- Lyla was stereotyped. I'll not elaborate...she was just stereotyped. But I guess with that kind of character there wasn' t a lot of choice.
I know that looking at the review it seems that the "Things I didn't like So Much" are as-long-as-if not-more than the "Things I Liked" but it's not really so...It's just that I'm a whining soul like Celia and I tend to elaborate more on the things I appreciate less rather than on what I love...This book was great despite those little annoying points, and I can't wait to read what'll happen to Ward and Celia in "Ward against Disaster"!
I really hope we'll get to see Ward's family...I'm curious about them since the firs book :)
PS: I received a review copy from the publisher.
And I'm sorry if some periods are awkward or some words are wrong, but this is not my native language so at least if that happens it's not my grammar I'm murdering...
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Posted September 20, 2013
Ward and Celia are on the run. They find shelter at mansion that a powerful necromancer owns. They don't tell who they are and are just looking for a place to hide. What they find is this is a strange place where everyone acts funny and you can't tell who is good or bad. The necromancer has a dangerous grimoire and Ward knows he has to get it from him. Along with all this Ward has to figure out how he brought Celia back from the dead and just what they feel for each other.
I have not read the first book in this series and while that would have probably been a big help, I still enjoyed this story a lot. The author gives you enough insight so you don't get to lost. That being said once I got the base of the back story down I settled in and found this a very entertaining book. Celia was a great character and I like watching her try to figure out just what she is. She is there to help Ward in any way she can and she struggles to talk to him about how she feels. She is also faced with an ex and has to deal with her feelings over that. Ward has to try and figure out his magic and hide that he isn't all knowing and work on improving. He also knows he can't let the evil one keep the grimoire and has to figure out how to get it away. He is also struggling with talking to Celia about what he feels. These two just don't know how to really talk to each other. This book has all kinds of action and lots of danger and magic. You see some monsters and not just the ones that were made. I look forward to getting the first to see how they got here and look forward to the next book.
Posted August 27, 2013
Ward de’Ath is on the run from the law and criminals...he runs himself right into the home/hands of a very powerful and very evil necromancer. The “law”, through a seer, requests his help and Ward decides he must remove a powerful grimoire even if it will lead him to a terrifying end.
Ceila is Ward’s constant companion. Although Ward is unsure how he reanimated Ceila, the Necromancer and his house guest all can see the power in Ward.
Being hunted, running for their lives and keeping one step ahead of having his soul imprisoned, Ward Against Darkness is a vivid, action packed adventure. While Ward is caught in gray moral areas for self preservation, Ceila seems to be moving from her assassin ways toward a more moral high ground. Keeping us guessing about Ceila and Ward’s relationship, it was fascinating watching this story surrounding the dark necromancer, Innecroestri, unfold. Ward Against Darkness is a dark and evil tale that will keep you white knuckled till the end.
I received this ARC copy of Ward Against Darkness from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled Teen in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 27, 2013.
Written by: Melanie Card
Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer
Sequence in Series: 2
Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: July 18, 2013
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Posted August 27, 2013
This book! I have been waiting for this book for forever!!!!!!!!!! (← ridiculous amounts of exclamation points for necessary emphasis!)
Ok, well technically not forever, because that would be a slight exaggeration and impossible, but since the moment I finished Ward Against Death two summers ago, I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book. Two years is an extremely long time to build up unrealistic expectations, to over-romanticize my love for the first book, for tastes to change and preferences to alter. So did it meet my expectations?
Yes, yes, and most certainly in so many ways. In fact, let’s just list them:
Romance. Ok. Can we just talk about Ward & Celia and the fact that they… don’t? Talk, I mean. After all they’ve been through, they’ve finally come to a place of mutual respect and tentative friendship. Their previous adventure together has instilled a sense of loyalty and trust, they value each others’ skills and advice. They’ve begun to understand each other better… and to feel something for each other that might transcend the boundaries of “just friends.” But in the first book, that “maybe more” part of their relationship is never really addressed.
And in this book it’s much the same deliciously frustrating slow-building romance. The pacing here is just very believable; avoidance of their feelings being very natural to both Ward & Celia, their fears and doubts very understandable. They’ve not known each other all that long, are still in the process of learning who the other is, coming to know their own feelings, coming to realize who they are, what they are, and what they stand for. Melanie does lot of fantastic character and relationship development in Ward Against Darkness and is laying some great, substantial romantic groundwork, but still…
JUST KISS! Or talk first, then kiss!
Sorry. . Moving on.
Ward. In the two weeks, since Ward brought Celia back from the dead, his life, his character, and his perspective of reality have been strenuously questioned and tested. Ward, is more of a gentle soul, more apt to have his nose in a book than getting himself into trouble of the serious sort. Though sometimes in Ward’s case, those two things coincide. Though he’s had previous run-ins with the law before meeting Celia, his intentions were always good. He has a compassionate heart, a noble sense of honor, and a surprising amount of courage, confidence, and strength of character he doesn’t give himself enough credit for.
Speaking of things he doesn’t give himself enough credit for… Ward is the most recent generation of necromancer in the De’Ath’s long family tradition of powerful necromancers. Thought a bit odd and sadly under-talented by his family, Ward’s never thought much of his mediocre power. But after bringing Celia back to life with the Jam de’U and the battle with the Innecroestri Karysa, it’s apparent there’s a little more to his power than he originally thought. And Ward Against Darkness gives Ward the opportunity to discover just how deep his power runs.
In the first book, Ward is a bit of the endearing bumbling hero. In this book, there’s a bit of that, but he’s also proving to be very adaptable. He’s forced to think a little more like Celia. He’s presented with some situations that send him further into the morally gray; situations that test his mettle and show him just what he’s capable of; situations that are dark, difficult, and dangerous. It’s some really fantastic character building on Melanie’s part, because she made me mourn the “loss” of Ward’s innocence and naivete while also falling in love with the man that he’s becoming. Trial by fire. And I just hope that the fire doesn’t burn away something important, something essentially Ward. I fear that it may only get worse for Ward from here.
Celia. Celia’s journey as a character is just as compelling. When she was alive she was a ruthless killer, dangerous, terrifying and amoral – she wasn’t what you’d call a “nice person.” She used people to her own benefit, manipulated them, she was emotionally unattached, and driven to be the best. And she was. And then she was murdered. And then she met Ward. Being around Ward – seeing his gentleness, his sincerity, his decency – Celia’s begun to question the way she’s lived thus far, to question the way she looks at the world. She’s been given a second chance at life, and she’s not sure she wants to be the person she was before.
In addition to Celia’s soul searching, we are also given some insight into just what may have happened when Ward cast the Jam de’U bringing her back to life the second time. For all intents and purposes Celia seems alive, nothing about her suggests that she’s artificially alive. But since Ward isn’t sure quite what happened with his improvised spell, Celia’s fully aware that she’s living on borrowed time, and she’s wondering just what kind of creature he’s turned her into.
Story. And a large part of the story revolves around this – Celia’s state of being and the who, what and why of bringing a soul back from the dead, and all that entails. In Ward Against Darkness, a case of remarkably bad timing and mistaken identity lead Ward to play the part of apprentice-hopeful to a very dangerous Innecroestri (a necromancer that’s fallen to the darkity dark, dark side)… and this guy is nasty. Really nasty – cruel, and sadistic, and perverse. But under the Innecroestri’s roof, Ward learns more about his power, what he could be capable of and how much he’s willing to compromise. He glimpses firsthand the dark path necromancy could lead him down, while Celia learns more about what she is… or isn’t.
It’s a pretty dark book. The title is accurate. This adventure of Ward and Celia’s is definitely grittier and darker than the last, with lots of action, a megaton of tension, political intrigue, danger, close-calls, betrayals, with the promise of more darkness to come.
It’s interesting to note that in Ward Against Death, Ward was adrift in the unfamiliar waters of Celia’s underworld, at her mercy to navigate through it. In Ward Against Darkness, this is flipped a bit. Though Celia is incredibly skilled at stealth, murder, defense, theft, etc. — and those skills do come in handy — all her talents are nothing if she has to go up against an Innecroestri who can immobilize her with the flick of a finger. She’s on Ward’s turf, such as it is, and must rely on him – his ability at subterfuge, his unreliable magic, his sometimes-flagging confidence – to see them through this most recent danger. Celia does play an important and active role in the plot, it’s just she doesn’t possess magic and in this instance, magic kinda trumps all.
Melanie’s pacing is downright perfect and so action-packed. The story never lags or plateaus, the tension just keeps building and building, moving at breakneck speed right from beginning to end. I was completely captivated. And the story arcs she set up for the next book(s) are extremely well done. I cannot wait to see what happens next with all these different threads that’ve been left for the next book to pick up.
Overall. Dark and gripping with just the right amount of danger and romance, Ward Against Darkness ticked all my favorite boxes and left me in that wonderful state of being satisfyingly dissatisfied in which I’m now eagerly (i.e. – impatiently) awaiting Ward & Celia’s next adventure. May it be frau
Posted August 26, 2013
Ward Against Darkness takes the reader back into the world of the Necromancers. Ward and Celia have fled the city only to fall right into the hands of an evil Necromancer. After everything that has happened Ward and Celia are not about to give up without a fight. Especially when Ward realizes that this man has a grimore that is really dangerous.
The romantic tension is slowly building between these two. They both have trouble trusting and self confidence issues. You really just want them to work through their issues and just get together already, but the build up is delicious and pure torture which is really realistic in this case.
Celia is really confronted with her past and how she has lived her life. Ward is such an honorable and noble guy who is compassionate and kind. Celia sees herself reflected back in his eyes and realizes that her life needs to change. They both seem to learn from each other and bring out the best in one another. When they finally do get to be together the collision is just going to be amazing!
This story is dark, edgy, and full of danger. Ward and Celia are really developed further in this story and the reader really comes to care more for who they were and who they have become.
Melanie Card has laid some fantastic background and character development in this series so far it will be agonizing to wait to see where she takes Ward and Celia next!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 18, 2013
Posted August 10, 2013
If I said this book was perfection, it would be an understatement. Ward Against Darkness was an absolutely brilliant sequel! I LOVED it. The stakes are higher, the magic is darker, the romance is deeper, and it was awesome.
In this book, all the stakes are upped. Things are darker, more intense, and it all had me on the edge of my seat. We're drawn deeper into the world of necromancers and the twisted magic that they practice. This book definitely didn't lack for thrills.
Celia was out of her element. In book 1, she knew what to do as she was in her area of expertise: stealth, fighting, all that kind of good stuff. But, now, she's thrust into a world of magic where she doesn't have nearly as much power. And it had a humbling effect on her. In the previous book, she was utterly self-confident and somewhat arrogant. In this book, she still is but her eyes are opened to a world where she's not in power. It made her grow as a character. And, despite being out of her element, she was still clever and strong. I liked her even more in this book.
Ward was brilliant. In book 1, he was unsure and totally lacking in confidence about his abilities, even though everyone around him saw that he had power. In this book, he starts to realize what everyone already knows and gains confidence, becoming a stronger character. Of course, after what happened at the end, that progress might be stalled or even reversed. But, we'll see. With Ward, I couldn't imagine a person more kind and moral and pure of heart. This guy doesn't have a mean bone in his body and his oaths that other people might not take seriously are truly important to him. He was so sweet and determined to do what was right, even at a risk to himself. If I liked him in book 1, I absolutely adored him in this book. Ward is brilliant and amazing, and so utterly lovable. He might not be the traditional alpha male, but that's one of his charms and he's swoon-worthy in his own way.
The romance was so frustrating in the best way possible. Celia and Ward both come to terms with their feelings. But, while neither of them doubt their own feelings, they doubt the feelings of the other. Celia is sure that Ward would never let himself love her because of the laws banning their relationship and, more importantly, because she's technically dead. Ward is sure that Celia could never love him because he isn't powerful and high born and competent in the same way she is. The romantic tension was all over. Even though these two don't actually do or say anything in regards to a relationship, the romance was still very present as they constantly thought about each other. And while I loved all that, I still kind of wanted to lock them in a room together until they finally admitted their feelings for each other and maybe kissed a few times. I can't wait to read the next book and see how things go for this couple.
The plot was fast paced and full of thrills, surprises, and twists. I was completely hooked the entire way through and, after that ending, I'm dying to get my hands on the next book. It was one hell of an epic cliffhanger ending.
Ward Against Darkness was a perfect sequel. I loved it, loved it, loved it! Fans of book 1, you will not be disappointed. If you liked that book, you will love this one. And to anyone who hasn't started this series, you definitely need to because these books are brilliant!
*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review