Ward Against Death by Melanie Card Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Posted 3 August, 2011 by Danny in / 55 Comments

Welcome to the Ward Against Blog Tour Stop here at the Bookworms:

Ward Against Death is the debut YA novel from author Melanie Card 
and we are happy to welcome Melanie here today with a special character interview, 
where she interviews her main character Edward – The Reluctant Necromancer (*giggles* I love the name of the series!!)

Ward Against Death
by Melanie Card –  
Book I of The Reluctant Necromancer Series
Release: August 2nd by Entangled Publishing
synopsis from goodreads: 

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…

and now without further ado, please welcome 
Edward de’Ath and Melanie here at Bewitched Bookworms

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.

Thanks for joining me! Today the hero of my novel WARD AGAINST DEATH chatted with us. If you could interview a fictional character who would it be and what would you ask them?

Wow.,, that was fun! 

Thank you so much Melanie and Entangled for this great interview… 
and wait, don’t go!
Giveaway Time!! 
(*insert some jungles here*)
I still have something for you guys! 
Thanks to : 
We can give away
1 paperback copy of Ward Against Death! 
You have 24 hours (yep, 24 hrs) to enter.
(Open US/Canada only)
How to enter? 
  • Leave a comment – easy peasy.. 
  • and answer Melanie’s question:   If you could interview a fictional character who would it be and what would you ask them?
  • and… why not follow Melanie on  twitter and facebook and let her know you enjoyed this interview? And.. If you do I give you an extra entry 🙂 
Woot, that’s it my friends! 
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I hope  I can post my review of Ward soon! I’m in the middle for it and I realllyyy like it so far, different hero, very funny! 
Much Love!

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55 Responses to “Ward Against Death by Melanie Card Blog Tour & Giveaway!”

  1. anne r

    Who would I interview and what would I ask? I would love to interview Harry Potter and ask him if he regretted anything in his journey. Of course part of me wants to interview Cat and Bones from Jeaniene Frost's night huntress series on how to keep the spark alive in relationships (since theirs seems so steamy).

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  2. If I could interview any fictional character? I'd probably interview Firesong k'Treva and ask him if he knows what "humility" means. :p Seriously, though, it's hard to answer that question. There are so many characters and so many questions I'd love to ask them, stupid things like, "What's your favourite food?" to more serious things like, "What's it like to live the kind of life you do, and do you ever regret it?" I think I'd have to make an entire list!
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  3. Melanie Card

    Anne: Great choices and great questions. I've been wondering if Harry regretted anything about his journey, too. Some good people died in his defense. That's a pretty heavy weight to carry.

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  4. Great interview, Mel. Who would I interview? I can't pick. There are just too many great characters out there from Percy Jackson to Elizabeth Bennet. I would probably ask them what did their author not put in the book that they wished the readers knew about them. (grin)

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  5. Great interview, Ward and Melanie! Ward, you sound like a fascinating guy. 🙂 Gosh, I wish I could think of just one fictional character I'd like to interview, but there are so many intriguing ones. Congrats, Melanie, on your debut book. It sounds like a winner to me.

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  6. Small Review

    I really liked this book! I hope we get to see more of Ward and Celia soon. 🙂

    As far as who I would interview, hm..right now I'm thinking Reth from Paranormalcy/Supernaturally because I need to know more about the prophecy and all of the things he's being cagey about. But I think it would end up being more like an interrogation because Reth isn't particularly forthcoming and I'd probably need to borrow Evie's taser to help move things along.
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  7. Victoria Zumbrum

    I would love to interview Edward from Twilight. I would love to ask him if he met me before Bella would there be a chance of him falling in love with me. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  8. Melanie Card

    Ah Cate, now you've gone and made Ward blush.

    I agree, thinking of just one fictional character is hard. There are some many great ones to choose from.

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  9. Melanie Card

    lol. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Book two is scheduled to come out in December, so there will be more Ward and Celia soon 🙂

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  10. Woha! First, thank you so much Melanie for stepping by and taking your time to comment:-)))

    And girls: Your questions are awesome! I would also LOVE to interview Harry and ..*swoon* Bones too! But, I'd like interviewing him without Cat.. I mean I love Cat…but I love Bones more !

    And …. a minute with Edward would be awesome too..

    But, I think seriously, I would die to interview Barrons… although I'm pretty sure he won't give me any straight answers, he barely answers to Karen.. what would I ask him? I truly don't know, I might faint before I could ask him anything.. (yes crazy fan girl here)
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  11. Melanie Card

    Great answer, Jus. And yeah, I know this great little chocolate shop that makes the best chocolate. I'd be curious to know why Reese Peices myself.

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  12. Heather

    Since I'm one of the Bewitched Bookworms, I'm sure I can't win a copy of this book, but this interview just convinced me to get this book. Sigh, I think there's a new swoon worthy Edward on deck.

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  13. Melanie Card

    Hmmm. Seem to be having reply difficulties.

    To Heather of the Bewitched Bookworms, glad Ward could intrigue you. I hope you enjoy the book!

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  14. Brooke Moss

    I absolutely loved getting to know you better. That was really fun. If I could read any character interview, it would be Silas Marner. Man, wouldn't that have been an interesting interview?

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  15. Melanie Card

    lol, ladies.

    Missie I'm glad the interview has made you curious. The romance is… we'll, I think Ward says it best "complicated."

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  16. Melanie Card

    Good question, Heather. I've always wondered about the "if you knew then what you know now" conundrum. Certainly different choices might be made, but the outcome would also be different. Harry did end up with a happy ending. If he did things differently would it still be happy? Perhaps happier? Or maybe not?

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  17. I absolutely LOVE this interview! And the book blurb is hilarious. I'm defintiely adding this one to my TBR pile!

    As for a fictional character interview, hmm…. Maybe Holden Caufield, just so I could give him a hug. Or Luna Lovegood because she seems like an awesome person to talk to, even if you only understand half of what she's talking about.

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  18. Julie Witt

    If I could ask any character anything, I just read Incarceron, the first book in the series, and I would ask Finn if he took his kingdom back! Thanks for an awesome giveaway:)
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  19. donnas

    Sherlock Holmes and find out more about how he thinks and comes up with his solutions.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  20. hootowl1978

    I would want to ask Juliet … seriously girl? Why didn't you check him first.

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  21. Tina W.

    Thanks for the interview! It is covered in awesome sauce!! I would interview Meg Gardner from "Unearthly" by Cynthia Hand. I'd ask her about her background. I want to know her story soooo bad!!!! And now I'm following Melanie on twitter: @tinadw27. Thanks!! tinas_family3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. elaing8

    This sounds like a great book.I would interview Elena Michaels and ask her some questions about how she'd tell her kids what they are and what direction she would take the pack in.

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  23. Great interview! Oof, there are so many great characters! I would really like to interview Mr. Darcy (I mean, really, who wouldn't?) and/or Miles Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga. Or maybe his wife, Ekaterin. Miles is insanely fun and I would love to talk to Ekaterin about how she manages him. 🙂

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