A wonderfully bumbling hero

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer Book 1) Kindle Edition

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I fell in love with Ward immediately, let me start out that way. He was so wonderfully lost and bumbling and unsure, I couldn’t help but love him. It is so unusual to meet a hero in a somewhat romantic fantasy who isn’t all Alpha perfect and strong, yet perfectly damaged. But Ward, he truly is unaware of what a good man he is.

Ward is a necromancer, the descendant of many great necromancer, who never really wanted to be one. He wanted to be a physician, a surgeon in fact, in a world where surgery is outlawed. He is called into temporarily raise Celia from the dead. Celia, however, doesn’t at first believe she is dead, then tells him she didn’t die of a short illness. In fact, she was murdered, and worse, she believes her father may have been the one to kill her. She drags him with her on an adventure he never wanted, to solve a mystery he doesn’t quite understand. All the time, he has his own secrets – ranging from crimes that he has committed to people he is also helping.

Rich and funny, Ms. Card’s book had me doing something I rarely do – slow down to really get into the book. Normally, I devour a book, slamming it down like a shot. This time, I wanted to savor it. To, in carrying with the food metaphor, nibble at it like the richest of chocolates!

Celia is as unsure of herself as a woman as Ward is unsure of himself as a necromancer. Sure, she is an expert at what she does, but she is so adorably wobbly in the whole girl world!

All the of the side characters are well built an the world is consistent and layered. I was as captivated by the description of the sewers as I was by the cursed bay.

Wonderful writing that sizzles and bubbles at the same time

Melanie Card is a wonderful talent that I can’t wait to read more of!

5 out of 5 stars



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