December 2, 2015

Shelley Loved It: Ward Against Destruction by Melanie Card

Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer 
Format: E-Galley | 302 pages
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher
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..

WARD AGAINST DESTRUCTION is the fourth and final novel in the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series. Picking up right where Ward Against Disaster left off, this could be the most dangerous and hardest challenge our group of heroes (Ward de'Ath, Celia Carlyle, and Nazarius) has faced since Ward brought Celia back from the dead. I have expressed my love for this series since the beginning, and I continue to do so. Melanie Card is a writer who isn't afraid to push the envelope until it snaps. She's created a world that is dangerous, dark, and far from perfect characters who can't catch at break at times. 

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!

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  1. I'm always so anxious when it's abou the end of a series but it's great to see that this one was beautifully handled!

  2. *makes note*
    Should read this series

  3. I'm always amazed when I discover a series I haven't heard of before, especially when it's one that is so definitely up my alley!
    Of course, now I have to add this to my TBR... Great review, Shelley!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  4. Oooh, damn, this sounds totally interesting. I'm kind of aware of necromancers for the very fact that I've played necromancers in fantasy multiplayer games hahaha. Would love to see how they fare in young adult literature!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  5. Every time I see one of your reviews of this series I'm reminded how much I want to pick it up! I guess my procrastination has paid off since the final installment is out now - I can binge. :) I'm so happy Celia did so much growing. And that things wrapped up in a way that made you happy, Shelley. :)

  6. Just added the series to my list, it's been a while since I read some good ole urban fantasy !

  7. I love it when a series is as good at the end as it was at the beginning. Happy reading.

    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. This isn't really the type of book that I normally read but your review makes me want to read this one. It sounds like an interesting read.

  9. This sounds pretty dark but I really like the sound of the story and characters!

  10. Gah I'm going to have to pick up this series soon I can tell!

  11. Argh! I kept wanting to read this series, now it is over. Time for some binge reading.

  12. I need to put this series on my library wishlist as a maybe YA read for me next year!

  13. Glad to hear you enjoyed the ending so much. It's always nice when you've invested time in a series and by the end of the book you are still just as happy as you were with the first one. I will admit that I tried to read this book and couldn't really get into it. Maybe I will try again later.

  14. I read the first one and really enjoyed it and then I fell behind. Hm... now that all 4 are out, I need to go read them! I'm so glad it ended well and I'm always more critical of ending books. Brilly review!

  15. I was just looking at the first book this morning as I was strolling through my Kindle. I'll have to start this series soon.

  16. Great to see that you're happy with the way this series was wrapped up Shelley. This is a series I still have to try! Great review!

  17. This series sounds fantastic. Celia sounds like a great character with a lot of baggage, I think all I saw were glowing reviews for this one.

  18. This should be more popular. It sounds to badass!


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