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 monstershuman and undeadand 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.
The Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series is is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Ward Against Death
Book #2 Ward Against Darkness
Book #3 Ward Against Disaster
Book #4 Ward Against Destruction
|Publisher:||Entangled Publishing, LLC|
|Series:||Necromancer Series , #2|
|Product dimensions:||5.41(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.93(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Melanie Card has always been drawn to story telling. She weaves tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths she writes. Ward Against Darkness is her second novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ward against Darkness begins not long after the end of Ward Against Death, with Ward and Celia on the run. After evading capture, becoming wounded and running low on food, they seek shelter from their enemies at an old, out of the way castle. They expect to steal what they need and be on their way, but the castle is the den of an Innocresti and his pets and they believe that Ward is his awaited apprentice. Like Ward Against Death, Ward Against Darkness was incredible. Packed full of action, romance and a not inconsiderable amount of magic. Ward continues his progression from failed necromancer and surgeon to full on awesomeness. Celia continues to impress with her martial skills and pragmatic outlook. It is Ward that is the star here, steadfast to his duty and ideals and total confusion when it comes to affairs of the heart make him a wonderful character. Celia also shines, a reunion with a former acquaintance is fraught with trouble and the book absolutely shines here.Likewise is the reappearance of the inquisitor that Ward helped at great risk in the first book. Much like the first book, I have no real negatives. I loved the evolving world and the filling in of the background. I loved reading about Ward's family obligation and more about his beliefs. This is a cracking read and I loved every page.
Picking up just a short time after the very exciting ending of Ward Against Death, Ward and Celia are running for their lives. The book jumps you right into the action as their enemies catch up to them. But what they think is deliverance turns out to be even more danger than when they first began. The mansion they discover seems like a safe sanctuary to begin with, but once Ward realizes who (and what) lives there, he is totally freaked out. But he has a moral obligation to take care of some things before they can run for their lives. This was were the story got a little fuzzy for me. There were sooo many characters that sort of had a connection to either Ward or Celia, but not really, that they all got a little confused at first. Eventually their very unique personalities pull the apart into their correct places, but the odd connections still felt a little off. Maybe they have some more importance in the next book that I don't know of yet. Tons of excitement again. Ward is learning new things with his magic - but they are things that he's not completely sure he wants to know. They are dangerous things that almost get him killed on several occasions. Celia doesn't do much better, but at least her skills give her the ability to handle some of it. I really enjoyed the history of necromancy and learning more about how it worked. It definitely helped to add a very good layer to the world building. Still a great series, but there were some things that just didn't seem to fit in this one. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*