Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Ward Against Death by Melanie Card

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 

If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I was recently sent this transitional YA book for review by Entangled Publishing. Ward Against Death by Melanie Card is a fantasy set in a well-developed fantasy world. Here is the product description:
Twenty-year-old Ward de Ath expected this to be a simple job bring a nobleman's daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can't be a surgeon the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she's been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can t bring himself to break his damned physician's Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems including Celia. One second, she's treating Ward like sewage, the next she's kissing him. And for a nobleman's daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive...
Even in death, Celia Carlyle was beautiful.
Friday 56 (estimated):
Maybe he should have paid closer attention to the necromancer's obligation to maintain the balance between life and death. The false life he'd given her was claiming real lives in an attempt to correct the imbalance.


  1. Sounds really good, and I like the cover.
    Thanks for participating!

  2. Interesting title! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  3. I really like the second sentence of your Friday 56 quote - so intriguing! I like the beginning as well, I can just imagine what kind of beauty the narrator is describing :)


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