Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Melanie Card, author of Ward Against Death and the first author I’ve featured on my blog! Thank you for joining us today Melanie.
Thanks Chelsey for inviting me to be your guest. I’m excited to be here. Today I’m chatting about magic and necromancy in my novel WARD AGAINST DEATH. The book is set in a fantastical world in a semi-Renaissance historical setting and there are a variety of types of magic. The primary type of magic explored is blood magic.
Blood magic is on the social cusp. Most people find it icky and for good reason. There’s a terrible blood magic lure that warps the spellcaster’s soul, compelling them to cast again and again turning spellcasting into an addiction. And the bigger the spell, the more blood is required (usually in the form of human sacrifices). The strongest magical power found in blood is within people. The blood of animals isn’t nearly as strong but for those blood mages trying to resist the blood magic lure it is safest to use animal blood to power spells, as well as practice daily meditations.
While anyone can cast blood magic spells (if they have enough extra human blood), those with the necromancer’s magical gift have the easiest ability accessing the power within blood. Necromancers naturally connect with blood magic, and can sense the ebb and flow of it within all living creatures.
Necromancers see their ability as a solemn obligation to study and maintain the balance between life and death. If there’s a large imbalance terrible storms, famine, plague, and wars can sweep through the world to right the balance. A small imbalance might be indicated by the wheat in the grain silo going bad, wine turning to vinegar, or the area having an ominous feeling for a few days.
A number of generations ago, necromancers were in high regard. The wealthiest lords and ladies would hire necromancers to perform wakes on their recently deceased. A wake is a small spell, that lasts about fifteen minutes where the deceased is woken and the family gets to say their final goodbyes.
Of course, that’s how necromancy works if you’re a normal necromancer. My hero, Ward, is unusual. A necromantic misfit. Born into a family of necromancers and the 8th generation to have the gift, everyone was disappointed to discover he could only cast the most basic spell—wakes—because he’s mystically blind. Ward can’t sense magic. He can’t feel it or see it. When he uses his gift, he has no idea what he’s doing and can only guess that he’s doing the right thing. Save for wakes none of Ward’s spells had worked… in the past.
Thanks for joining me today. My hero’s magical ability in WARD AGAINST DEATH is bringing people back from the dead. If you had one magical ability what would it be?
Ward Against Death Giveaway
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