Ward de’Ath is a necromancer whose latest job is to bring the daughter of a nobleman back to life for fifteen minutes to be able to say goodbye to her since she had been taken quickly. However when Ward awakens Celia Carlyle she has plans of her own even after death giving Ward a bit more than he expected from this simple job.
Celia when awakening claims that she was murdered and immediately takes off on Ward in a quest to find her killer. All Ward really wanted was to become a surgeon but when he wasn’t able to do so he thought being a necromancer would be simple but now unable to abandoned Celia, Ward finds himself in danger as she takes on the quest to find her killer.
Ward Against Death is the first book in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series by Melanie Card. I have to say that for me this would be one of those reads that sounded a lot better than it turned out being for me. The book started off rather well grabbing my attention but at some point it just seemed to start to drag and get a bit redundant maybe.
One of the things in here that I really didn’t care too much for is when the characters are attracted towards one another. It’s a book about raising the dead and a teenage assassin that had been murdered so I really didn’t find it necessary to toss in the young adult book needs a romance of some sort plot line. As far as the rest of the plot too it just seemed to stall out in the excitement department for me leaving me with rating this one at 2.5 stars.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.