Thursday, January 3, 2013

Blog Tour: Ward Against Death by Melanie Card from Entangled Teen




Welcome to the blog tour for Ward Against death by Melanie Card, from Entangled Teen.  You can check out the full tour schedule below.  My stop includes a review, and there is a fantastic giveaway going on in association with the tour, the details of which are also below.  

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1)
Author: Melanie Card
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Length: 286 pages
Release Date: August 2, 2011

Blurb:
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…

My Thoughts:  Ward Against Death is a historical paranormal romance/fantasy/adventure/mystery in which Ward de'Ath is a necromancer, who is hired to call back a young woman, Celia, from the dead.  Typically, a necromancer does this so that the family can spend 15 minutes with their loved one and say goodbye.  In Celia's case, things are a little bit different.  You see, Celia was murdered, and she is bound and determined to find out who murdered her.  She manages to convince (or manipulate) Ward into helping her.  Ward's first and foremost desire is to be a physician.  In fact, he was practically there.  Unfortunately, his obsession with surgery, which was outlawed in those days, nullified any chance of that happening.  Though technically, he isn't a physician, he still holds his physician's oath in the highest regard, and it is that oath that Celia uses to convince him to help her.  Ward performs another spell on Celia, which is supposed to allow her to be alive for longer, so that they can find her murderer.  He improvises some of the ingredients, and really, Celia seems much more alive than she should.  Ward pushes this fact aside as they embark upon the quest to discover the identify of the murderer.

In the course of their investigation, Ward finds himself in situations he never dreamed of, and he also finds himself attracted to Celia, which is strictly forbidden in his profession, and forbidden by law.  There is also a lot more to Celia that meets the eye, and Ward quickly finds out he has gotten himself into something over his head, but because of his oath (and his feelings for Celia that he tries to deny), he doesn't abandon her.  He and Celia find themselves in one dangerous situation after another, and the things they begin to uncover soon reveal that the reasons behind Celia's murder are much bigger than they ever expected.

Ward Against Death was an intriguing and interesting book.  Melanie Card's take on necromancy and magic was original and entertaining.  The story itself sort of reminded me of an old Sherlock Holmes story, with the whole "who done it" theme going on.  I enjoyed Ward's character, he was kind of goofy, yet endearing at the same time, and very honest and loyal.  Celia is ruthless and cunning, yet she seems to develop a soft spot where Ward is concerned, and soon discovers that when you get past the outer layer, he is very attractive.  The books is filled with magic, murder, mystery, adventure, fantasy, and romance in a historical setting, and if you enjoy stories about necromancy, this is a book you may want to check out.  I look forward to seeing where Melanie Card takes Celia and Ward next in Ward Against Darkness coming out in June.

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Add book 2 Ward Against Darkness(Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2)  coming out in June 2013!

Blurb:
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.

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About Melanie:
I have always been drawn to storytelling. 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.

Where you can find her:

Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads

Giveaway Information:
A Ward Against Death Prize Pack including:
A Signed copy of Ward Against Death
A Mug
A tote bag
9 copies of the eBook of Ward Against Death



Tour Schedule:
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





31 comments:

  1. I bought this one when it first came out and I still haven't gotten around to reading it. I loved the old Sherlock books so I am betting I will really enjoy this too!

    Great review!

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  2. Ward Against Death seems like a story that has tons going on. I'm glad the author was able to make it work. Great review, Ellen!

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    1. It does have a lot going on, but it was good. You do have to pay attention to keep up with things though.

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  3. How have I not heard of this one either?
    I LOVE the idea of necromancers and unfortunately I haven't read many books on them.
    This one sounds like a book I would like, adding it to my TBR :)

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    1. I hadn't read that many books about them either, then it seemed like a handful jumped on my plate at once.

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  4. Ooooo this sounds good Ellen! I haven't read too many necromancer stories, but I've always enjoyed the ones I have so I'm thinking this will be a perfect book for me:)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  5. This book sounds really interesting. I've always found the idea of necromancers a little creepy, but a few recent books have been winning me over. This one definitely has the potential to keep convincing me.
    Stephanie
    steph0828@hotmail.com

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    1. In the past, I wasn't that interested in these type of books either, but I've read several lately that have changed my mind and have been really good.

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  6. Oh I think I would really like this! I'm a bit burned out on paranormal but with the historical and the mystery I think I would love it!

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    1. I know what you mean. If I could, I would just devour every NA contemporary romance right now, but once I get started in one of the paranormal romances or dystopian, most of the time I really enjoy them. It is easy to get burnt out on a certain genre though and nice to take a break.

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  7. I have been wanting to read this one since it came out! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. This book sounds like one i could definitely get into. I am in the same boat as a few others, as i haven't read many books about necromancers, but this one sounds intriguing. Thank you to all those responsible for this giveaway, such an amazing prize :) Look forward to reading this book!
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it, and thanks so much for stopping by.

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  9. Thanks for hosting this. This looks like a book that I would enjoy reading.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  10. Appreciate the opportunity to win - hoping to come back and enter more - thanks so much.
    abrennan09@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and enter :)

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  11. love the cover and blurb thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  12. This one looks really good. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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  14. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    erma2167@sbcglobal.net

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  15. Really like the sound of this book, I'll have to check it out. And thanks for the international giveaway :)

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    1. I really enjoyed it, hope you do to.

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway. Now i really want to read this book great review : )

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