Guardian of the Dead

Guardian of the Dead

Book - 2010
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Eighteen-year-old New Zealand boarding school student Ellie Spencer must use her rusty tae kwon do skills and new-found magic to try to stop a fairy-like race of creatures from Maori myth and legend that is plotting to kill millions of humans in order to regain their lost immortality.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316044387
0316044385
9780316044301
031604430X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Healey TEEN
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_RuthL Feb 19, 2015

Karen Healey’s first novel feels pleasantly out of place on the American bookshelf. Hailing from New Zealand, Guardian of the Dead if rife with New Zealand Maori mystery and mythology. Boarding-school student Ellie Spencer is a girl any reader could identify with a crush on the brooding boy in school, a best friend who gets himself into trouble and a talent for seeing things she shouldn’t. What makes her unpredictable is her black belt in tae kwon do, a creepy mask and the ability to follow her decisions through. The novel keeps a fast pace racing towards an almost anti-climatic ending and readers could get tripped up a bit in the local language (though Healey does provide an explanation in the back) but an intriguing story makes up for any confusion. Part mystery, part myth and part romance Karen Healey’s Guardian of the Dead is a refreshing addition to YA fiction.

tuesdayswithlori Sep 08, 2013

I loved the way the Maori myth was con temporized and I found the characterization really unique, especially the male characters. However, I had a hard time relating to the characters at times and found myself skipping large sections and never needing to go back. Overall, I thought the plot was uneven.

lauhginglexia Aug 09, 2012

i love this book it held my intrest

josh1tbh Nov 08, 2011

The Book was putting me to sleep and it seem to hold on to things that are irrelevant.

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justbron
Apr 27, 2011

I loved this book! Gripping storyline, great characters and really well-described setting (so familiar to all of us who live in Christchurch, and especially if you've spent any time in Riccarton/Deans Bush/university areas).
I also love the way that Maori myth and legend are so seamlessly incorporated into the modern setting and story.
A top read of 2010 for me!

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