Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Ward Against Death by Melanie Card :Review
My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
Necromancer, Ward de’Ath finds himself involved in a mystery that seems totally out of his league after waking a young woman from death so that ostentatiously her family could have fifteen minutes in which to say goodbye. However, Celia claims she was murdered, possibly by her own father, and runs away, determined to uncover the truth of her demise. Ward follows her, and in so doing becomes involved in unexpected danger and intrigue. Ward is unprepared for life on the lam, and Celia’s agenda seems too risky and ill-advised. Bound by his Hippocratic oath, Ward has little choice but to support her efforts though, especially since he finds himself bewitched by her grace and beauty.
This story was patently funny and odd at the same time. I enjoyed it because it is told in a rather carefree, lackadaisical voice that I found particularly original and appealing. Ward and Celia are such opposites in so many ways but in their personal ethics they are supremely compatible. At times, I became irritated with Ward’s whining and complaining, but he did learn quickly which endeared him to me again and again. Ward’s general honesty along with his inquisitive mind also enhanced this story for me. A quick read for me because I had to know what would happen next, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventures spiced with the paranormal.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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