January 8, 2013
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Ward Against Death by Melanie Card
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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…
About the Author:
I have always been drawn to story telling. In fact, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t telling a story in my head or on paper. In grade school, we had journal writing time which I turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that I loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that I nurtured this love and started my journey as a writer.
I write fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join me on my tales of magic, adventure, and romance.
Chapter 1 part 4
Great Goddess! She kept a dagger under her pillow? Ward inched toward the door to block her escape without appearing obvious, although he had no idea what he’d do if she fought him. Why did he always get stuck with the difficult corpses? Grandfather never mentioned anything about noblemen’s daughters with daggers who insisted they were alive.
She shoved her feet into well-worn boots, grabbed a bulging rucksack from a nearby chair, and headed to the window.
He scrambled after her. “No, wait.” His voice cracked and he gulped air, doing nothing to still his rising panic.
She hopped over the sill into the shadow of a lilac bush.
“Please. Stop. You’re dead.”
“I don’t feel dead,” she said over her shoulder in a singsong voice as she eased through the leafy branches.
Ward scurried out the window and crashed through the bush to keep her in sight, but tripped over an ornamental rock covered in dark moss. He landed on his hands and knees in the coarse grass at her feet. The sharp chirp of crickets and the high-pitched buzz of cicadas suddenly stopped, leaving his ears ringing at the silence. Behind her lay the dark rim of a reflection pool, its semi-circle pressed against the stone wall of the tiny garden and guarded by red and white roses.
“You took ill,” he said, before she could climb the garden wall.
He nodded. “You were sick. Do you remember?”
She stared at him as if unable to understand. His heart pounded, and he waited for her to say something, anything. She sagged onto the rim of the pool, her expression stunned.
A breeze rustled the leaves on the rose bushes, making them hiss and sigh, whispering secrets.
“Then they’ve done it already.”
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12/31 K-Books http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com Ch 1 part 1
1/1 Tynga’s Reviews http://www.tyngasreviews.com/ Review
1/1 Fiktshun http://www.fiktshun.com/ Ch 1 part 2
1/3 Always YA At Heart http://www.alwaysyaatheart.com/ Review
1/4 Bibliophilia Please http://bibliophiliaplease.blogspot.com/ Ch 1 part 3
1/7 Refracted Light www.refractedlightreviews.com Q&A with Celila and Ward
1/8 Chapter by Chapter www.chapter-by-chapter.com Ch 1 part 4
1/9 Book Briefs http://bookbriefs.blogspot.com/ Ch 1 part 5
1/10 Rants & Scribbles http://rantsnscribbles.blogspot.com Review
1/11 My Life With Books http://www.jenkjovus.com/ Ch 1 part 6
Add book 2 Ward Against Darkness(Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2)
coming out in June 2013!
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 monsters–human and undead–and 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.