Ward Against Darkness (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2)
by Melanie Card
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.
Ward and Celia are on the run. They find shelter at mansion that a powerful necromancer owns. They don't tell who they are and are just looking for a place to hide. What they find is this is a strange place where everyone acts funny and you can't tell who is good or bad. The necromancer has a dangerous grimoire and Ward knows he has to get it from him. Along with all this Ward has to figure out how he brought Celia back from the dead and just what they feel for each other.
I have not read the first book in this series and while that would have probably been a big help, I still enjoyed this story a lot. The author gives you enough insight so you don't get to lost. That being said once I got the base of the back story down I settled in and found this a very entertaining book. Celia was a great character and I like watching her try to figure out just what she is. She is there to help Ward in any way she can and she struggles to talk to him about how she feels. She is also faced with an ex and has to deal with her feelings over that. Ward has to try and figure out his magic and hide that he isn't all knowing and work on improving. He also knows he can't let the evil one keep the grimoire and has to figure out how to get it away. He is also struggling with talking to Celia about what he feels. These two just don't know how to really talk to each other. This book has all kinds of action and lots of danger and magic. You see some monsters and not just the ones that were made. I look forward to getting the first to see how they got here and look forward to the next book.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam