Format: E-Galley | 302 pages
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Ward de’Ath used to think that nothing could be more terrible than death. Now he realizes there are worse things. Like his never-ending hunger for blood. Even if he conquers the unbearable cravings that drive him headlong toward destruction, he’s a wanted man with a bleak future.
Assassin Celia Carlyle learns she is the only one who can protect Ward from disaster. She loves him–she wants to help him, but no one can tell her how to save him from himself. And the confusing voices in her head scream to let him go.
But Ward's dark trials keep mounting. A malevolent evil is rising in the land, threatening to unleash horror upon the world. The only way Ward can defeat it, and have the chance to marry Celia, is by accepting his fate and becoming the one thing he swore he would never become..
Meet 20-year old Ward de'Ath, 8th generation necromancer, physician, and our main protagonist who has seen more than his fair share of challenges. Kicked out of medical school and branded as a criminal, Ward has never given up his desire to save everyone. He is the dark sheep of a family of necromancer who now want him dead because of what's he's become. But, now, thanks to the actions of Celia, he's struggling to understand what his actual perhaps is supposed to be. If he can't deal with this new turn of events, including two powerful dark necromancers, then the darkness will fully consume him and he will lose his heart.
Celia is a former assassin who has won Ward's heart, but is dealing with her own form of torture after saving his life. Celia is literally facing her own demons after what she did to save Ward and hearing the voice of someone who is supposed to be dead. I adore Celia, I really do. She's hard core, and she's still someone who can take out almost anyone who the group has faced. I am very, very happy we finally got a resolution to the Celia question that has been hanging around since the beginning. I think it makes a fitting surprise for readers of this series.
Nazarius is the odd man of this trio but important nonetheless. He is a tracker who showed up in Ward Against Darkness and has been keeping Ward alive ever since. He answers to very powerful individual called the Lord Seer who has been telling Ward what to do, where to go, while ensuring that Nazarius does exactly as he's told. Nazarius faces challenges by keeping Ward safe and out of trouble. I dare say that it is his calling. Card once again uses all three characters to tell her story. She alternates points of view which I honestly thought was brilliantly done. Especially since there is so much going on and by missing one characters story, you miss important behind the scenes clues.
Card once again has our heroes face insurmountable odds in taking down powerful necromancers called Innecroestri. Let's just call them the bad guys, and move on. What a wonderful way to end Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer! All loose ends are tied up. Romance and love between Ward and Celia grows by leaps and bounds through trials, darkness and the unknown. WARD AGAINST DESTRUCTION is the final mission to save the world. One last surprise revelation waiting for readers about Ward's abilities that makes perfect sense once you've read all the books. What a brilliant way to bring things to an end! So, thank you, Melanie Card for writing such amazing characters!