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Fantasy Review: Ward Against Darkness by Melanie Card

Ward Against Darkness by Melanie Card (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2)

Egalley thanks to Entangled Teen

Synopsis from Goodreads
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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I remember really enjoying the first book in this smashing fantasy series, and after a long wait I've been able to read the second one!

Imagine Celaena from Throne of Glass? Well, Celia was written way before her and is just as deadly. Only first time, Ward met her? She is dead, and he is performing her wake so she can say goodbye to her loved ones. The wake goes awry and Celia gets resurrected instead by a shocky and horrified necromancer.

After the couple's adventures in the previous book they are on the run from the bounty hunters, both injured and exhausted when they stumble out of the forest to a forgotten Goddess sanctuary (or so they think).

Before they know it, Ward assumes a mistaken identity and jumps from the frying pan to a fire, as he is now an apprentice-hopeful to a very powerful Innocroesti (Dark Necromancer). Add to it a Seer's servant approaching him for a task he can not refuse and the price for his failure a gruesome death, and poor Ward doesn't know where to turn and has to hope that his and Celia's mad scheme to disable Innocroesti somehow will work.

Melanie Card writes a proper dark fantasy, nothing is glossed over or washed out. I don't quite know why Entangled felt it necessary to call this series Teen or New Adult fiction, but no matter the label this is good, peeps. Recommended for the fans of Throne of Glass and Graceling.

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С большим удовольствием прочитала вторую книгу про незадачливого некроманта Уорда Де Ата и его компаньонку, ассассина Силию. 

Неприятности парочки, начавшиеся в первой книге со случайного воскрешения Силии Уордом продолжаются во второй книге и даже набирают обороты. Пока они бегут от охотников за головами, Уорд и Силия натыкаются на особняк в лесу - бывшее Убежище Богини.

Не успев придумать что-либо более-менее вразумительное, Уорд прыгает изо огня да в полымя, принимая имя Кирина, за которого его ошибочно приняли хозяева особняка. Только вот хозяева  оказываются могущественными Иннокроести (тёмными некромантами), и "Кирин" приехал к ним с надеждой попасть им в подмастерье. Проигрыш в соревновании с потенциальными подмастерьями означает мучительную смерть, но также и признание в том, что он не тот, за кого его приняли. 

В дополнение ко всему, Уорду приходится подчиняться желаниям Пророка, с которым он успел познакомится в предыдущей книге и найти кулон и и утерянный некромантический гримуар между его и Силией попытками выжить...

Мне нравится, что Мелани Кард не щадит чувств читателя и пишет тёмное, жёсткое фэнтэзи со множеством смертей и кровавыми схватками.  Я понятия не имею, почему издатель попыталась повесить на эту серию марку "подросткового фикшн" или даже "нью адалт", но книги хорошие, и я их рекомендую, особенно любителям Кристин Кашор и Сары Джей Маас.


Blodeuedd said...

I still have not read Throne of glass so I can't say anything ;)

Unknown said...

Though I haven't read Throne of Glass yet (IDK what I'm waiting for), Celia souonds like a total kick-ass character. Lovely review, K.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oooo. New one to me and sounds like a fabulous read.

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