Guest Post & Giveaway: Melanie Card (Ward Against Death)

giveaway, guest post, Melanie Card 24 Comments 7th August, 2011

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?

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Ward Against Death Giveaway

Thanks to Entangled Publishing I have one ebook of Ward Against Death up for a giveaway! To enter leave a comment on this post with the following information:
  • Your email address
  • Answer Melanie’s Question: If you had one magical ability what would it be?
You can get an extra entry for following Melanie on Facebook, one for following on twitter, and one for following her on Goodreads! Make sure you specify which ones in the same comment as your email address and answer.
The giveaway will only be open for 24 hours from the time this is posted!

24 Responses to “Guest Post & Giveaway: Melanie Card (Ward Against Death)”

  1. Anonymous

    joannie says i wish i could change shifs and have magic power to help the poor and the really good people who help others without ever thinking of themselves. thanks

  2. Naj

    Thank you so much for this! 😀
    Awesome guest post !

    If I had one magical power it would Teleportation. Its something I always wished I had. Sometimes I just don’t know how to get to places when I drive but I know what the place looks like! If I could teleport my life would be sparred of constantly getting lost. 😀 Haha.


  3. Michelle

    I would love to be able to read minds!

    thanks for this! this book looks awesome!

    chelle2006 @ aol .com

    -Michelle @ book briefs

  4. StuckInBooks

    The magical ability that I would want is to read minds. Not very good in a fight but I still like it.

    Thanks for the giveaway


  5. Julie

    I would love to be able to change people into animals! I would have SO much fun with that one!!

    I follow Melanie on Facebook.
    I follow Melanie on Twitter: @jwitt33
    I am a friend of Melanie on Goodreads:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  6. Melanie Card

    A lot of votes for mind reading. I’m tossed up about that. I think it would be cool, but then I always wonder if I actually do want to know what other people are thing 😀

    I always find it so hard to pick just one. Telekinesis might be fun but teleportation would be really useful.

  7. Jennifer

    I’d like that one you always see on TV where they can make the house clean itself. That would be so useful, and you could start a maid service, too.


    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Denise Z

    I would like to have a combination of telepathy and telekinesis 🙂 what fun that would be. Thank you for the fun post and giveaway opportunity. I follow Melanie on FB and GR -Denise Zaky and twitter ZDz59001 and of course follow Starry Sky Books with email sub and GFC. I am just a followin fool who does not want to miss a moment of fun 🙂


  9. latishajean

    I really like the mind reading!I have been following the blog tour can’t wait to read this book sounds so good!

  10. Dani @ Refracted Light

    Just one? Well, I’d probably have to go with teleportation too. It’d just be so convenient to be anywhere on a whim.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I’m dying to read this book!

    +1 – Email (dani AT refractedlightreviews DOT com)
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  11. Jen B.

    I have thought about this when I read stories of people with magical powers. I think I would like subtle magic. Like the power to sooth someone’s nerves. Or the power help people see the truth. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Lieder Madchen

    This book looks fantastic! I would love to be a shapeshifter. 🙂

    I follow Melanie Card on Twitter as @LiederMadchen


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