Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review " Ward Against Disaster" by Melanie Card

18457745Title: Ward Against Disater
Author: Melanie Card
Genre: YA Supernatural
Publication: January 19, 2015
Pages: 276


Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.

Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.

When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever.


Action packed. That's the first thing you need to know. Being that normally I get my hands on similar books only to find that its a weak romance with a watered down plot line, I didn't have too high of an expectation for this work, though the synopsis was plenty to pique my interest initially. I prepared myself for mild disappointment. But...

In this case Yikes is the "I was expecting PeeWee Herman and got Will Smith" Yikes. The kind of Yikes where you think to yourself... "Damn I didn't wear a cute enough dress". 

Are you following my line of thought here? No? Ok moving on. 

If you're expecting a sappy schmoozy romance with weak characters and half-assed battle sequences you will be so very disappointed, cupcake. Ward and Celia are a power couple (with a few issues... like actually accepting that they wuv eachother) but are certainly more concerned with stopping the murderous monster that's on a serious rampage (Gee... thanks Ward) than expressing their undying devotion to one another. Plus, Celia is still dead. So... there's that.

This Action-Adventure Fantasy is a bit on the dark side, but we're dealing with Necromancers here so no surprise. Writing style is actually pretty pleasing (read excerpt below for a little snippit) which is more than half the battle in so many cases.

I do certainly recommend this to lovers of Fantasy and darker tales. Another reviewer brought up a relevant consideration - YA or NA? It IS a bit hard to decide. Please can we call this a NA? The NA genre is severely lacking in non-contemporary titles. We're just going to do that. I've decided. NA it is.

This is book #3 in the series, so be sure to check out the other two:


About Melanie Card: 

Melanie has always been drawn to storytelling and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t creating a story in her head. Her early stories were adventures with fairies and dragons and sword swinging princesses. 

Today she continues to spin tales of magic in lands near and far, while her cat sits on the edge of her desk and supervises. When she’s not writing, you can find her pretending to be other people with her local community theatre groups. 

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      Ward’s insides squirmed. “We can’t sit here long. She’s a vesperitti, all her senses are enhanced. If she hasn’t smelled our sweat, she’s listening to us talk right now.” She’d probably already heard them approach and could hear his heart trying to pound its way out of his chest. 

      Celia drew the silver knife—the only thing that could kill a vesperitti—from her dagger’s sheath at her hip. “We need to get her into sunlight to blind her. Get your silver ready.” 

      Nazarius drew his silver knife and stood. 

      Celia glanced at Ward, freezing him with her pale blue gaze. A hint of emotion swept through her expression but, like it had been since they’d started hunting Allette four days ago, he couldn’t figure out what it meant. “Stay here.” 

      Right. It meant he was a liability in a fight. And really, going up against a creature faster and stronger than a man, he was, without a doubt, a liability. 

      He opened his mouth to say something. Agree, disagree, wish her to stay safe? He didn’t know what, but she leapt away and dashed across the small clearing to the farmhouse’s front door before he could say anything. 

      Nazarius was a step behind her. She reached the door, threw it open, and Nazarius rushed inside, but he jerked back into the doorway, blocking Celia from entering.
      Something was wrong. 

      1 comment:

      1. Ward Against Disaster sounds really good, Auggie! I think I need this series in my life :) Nothing is better than real action with a little romance, intrigue and good characters to keep the plot alive.

        Happy reading.

        Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews