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… (Goodreads)
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Source: NetGalley/ Publisher
Ward Against Death is amazing! One of the main characters Ward, is a necromancer with power he has no idea he has. While the other main character Celia, is a kick-ass assassin. The main villain (yes there is more than one bad guy in this) has the kiss of death.
You know the person that got made fun of in high school for ALWAYS having to do the right thing? Well, that is Ward. He is so good-hearted that he risks his own life trying to save a dead girl…Yeah read the book and that last sentence will make sense. Then after sort of saving said dead girl, because of rules he follows he wont allow himself to love her. GRRRR… I wanted to kick Ward a few times. I did actually love how courageous Ward is throughout the book.
Celia is everything that Ward is not and I so want to be her. She is the beautiful nobleman's daughter who just so happens to be able to beat the ever loving crap out of you, and you don’t stand a chance if she can get her hands on a knife.
Melanie Card did a wonderful job working Ward and Celia’s personalities off one another. Together they would make the perfect person. I also loved the world building in Ward Against Death, and the mystery that is built around Celia’s death. It kept my interest at every turn.
4 moons: I loved it. It's reread worthy.
Older Teens and up: Light language, kissing, some sexual situations.