Ward Against Death

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Ward Against Death

Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, #1

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.

Book Blurb for Ward Against Death

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...

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2011 4.25