by Melanie Card
Release Date: 10/05/15
Summary from Goodreads:
Ward de’Ath used to the think that nothing could be more terrible than death. Now he realizes
there are worse things. Like his never-ending hunger for blood. Even if he conquers the
unbearable cravings that drive him headlong toward destruction,he’s a wanted man with a bleak
Assassin Celia Carlyle learns she is the only one who can protect Ward from disaster. She loves him–she wants to help him, but no one can tell her how to save him from himself. And the confusing voices in her head scream to let him go.
But Ward's dark trials keep mounting. A malevolent evil is rising in the land, threatening to
unleash horror upon the world. The only way Ward can defeat it, and have the chance to marry
Celia, is by accepting his fate and becoming the one thing he swore he would never become..
Books in this series:
Five Modern Things My Fantasy World Doesn’t Have That I Can’t Live Without
Hi there! I’m Melanie Card and I write the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series. The fourth and final book in the series, WARD AGAINST DESTRUCTION, takes place in a fantasy world called the Union of Principalities. I’m often asked if I’d want to live there and while there’s a certain romantic appeal—I do write in this world and love the challenges of the culture and the characters—there are some things I couldn’t live without.
1) Antibiotics and modern surgery. When I was a child I had a year of strep throat. I’d get strep, need antibiotics to get better, but within a few weeks of finishing the antibiotics, I’d have strep again. That marked the end of my tonsils, but without antibiotics and ultimately the tonsillectomy I could have been very sick for a very long time.
2) Indoor plumbing. I’m not a wilderness girl and one of the reasons I’m not is because of outhouses. They creep me out. And the idea of going in the woods to pee creeps me out more. Sure, if I was wealthy in my world, I could have a chamber pot and someone who cleaned up after me, but... no, still creeped out by that. The joy of fiction is that I can avoid mentioning the release of bodily fluids (if I so desire) so my characters aren’t faced with the choice to pee, at midnight, with the spiders and other creepy crawlies.
3) Reliable indoor heating. Yep, I’m a wuss. I get cold easily and don’t think I’d last a winter without indoor heating. While the average climate of the Union of Principalities is roughly what you’d find in the Mediterranean, the nights can still get cold and there’s definitely snow at the Northern Outposts. Again, unless I want to draw attention to it, the cold doesn’t bother my characters, but I suspect I wouldn’t last long.
4) Chocolate. While there’s wine in my world, there isn’t any chocolate! I loosely based the world off of Renaissance Europe, and chocolate, while discovered, wasn’t a wide spread phenomenon yet, so I didn’t make it readily available. And let’s face it, while I’m happy to visit the Union, I can’t live without chocolate.
5) Marrying for love. If I was wealthy enough to have a comfortable life in my world I’d need to marry for political reasons, but if I don’t have to marry to ensure the political safety for my family and my family’s people I’m poor and living in conditions mention in point #2. Political marriages make for excellent conflict potential (which is one of the reasons I like the time period) but I married my soul mate, a man I have a lot in common with who I’ve spend the last thirteen years with.
So while I wouldn’t mind visiting my world, I don’t think I’d like to live there. How about you? Is there a fantasy book world where you’d like to live?
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