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…
Thank you to Bewitched Bookworms for inviting me onto your blog to talk about my debut fantasy novel, WARD AGAINST DEATH. I’m excited to be here and I thought for today it would be fun to let my hero, Ward de’Ath, introduce himself.
1. Tell me a little about yourself:
So, ah… a little about myself? Well, I’m Edward de’Ath the fourth, eighth generation necromancer and I’ve been studying to be a physician at the Olmech School of Health and Philosophy in the principality of Bantiana. That ah…didn’t quite turn out how I planned, so now I’m in Brawenal City in the principality of Brawenal ready to carry on the fantastic family business of necromancy.
2. What is your job and how did you come to do that?
I’m a necromancer; that means I help people find closure and work to maintain the balance between life and death. I love that I can help people by giving them a chance to have a final goodbye with their loved ones. It’s a simple spell, a wake, where the recently deceased is woken for fifteen minutes. I wish it could be more, but the spell doesn’t work that way, and really, bringing someone back for longer disrupts the balance and terrible things can happen. What I really wish is to prevent the deaths in the first place, but that career option isn’t… well, it isn’t an option.
3. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Reading and studying. I love learning new things, particularly about medicine and history and languages and science and— I like to read a lot. I can’t wait until I make a name for myself as a necromancer in Brawenal. The Prince of Brawenal had one of the best libraries in the Union of Principalities before it burned down. But it’s rumored he’s been working tirelessly to restore it. Once I’m recognized as a necromancer of significance, I really hope he invites me to see his library. Maybe even ask me to suggest books to fill out his collection.
4. Favorite indulgence?
A nice merlot. There’s a great vintner in West Yarbon by the Olotheal boarder who makes the most amazing wines.
5. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
Don’t tell anyone, but I really don’t think the Goddess intended the human body to be a secret. I know it’s blasphemy, but lives can be saved. There are illnesses that people don’t have to die from. I’ve done some research (and yes, by research I mean performed necropsies) and leaned so much. I just wish it wasn’t illegal.
6. You go through some pretty big challenges in Ward Against Death. Which one would you say was the biggest?
Understanding Celia. She’s absolutely amazing and beautiful and not at all like any noblewoman I’ve met. Of course, she’s also an assassin and has probably thought of killing me and disposing of my body somewhere where no one will ever find it. Yet, I see good in her. This hasn’t been an easy time for her. Everything she’s known has been turned upside down and she doesn’t know who she can trust… except for me. I think she knows she can trust me.
7. And finally, everyone’s dying to know, are you involved in a romance?
No… Yes… Maybe? She’s complicated.
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