Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: August 3, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school, until a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie's circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with her best friend, Kevin. Ellie herself has an unhealthy fascination - a handsome boy named Mark who seems to have put a spell over her. As shocking revelations and lusts unfold, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Māori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality.
Review: Guardian of the Dead is a dangerous and exotic new fairy tale set in New Zealand which focuses on Māori mythologies and Ellie's discovery of power in the world and in herself. While the story starts out a bit slow and you don't always feel for Ellie - it sure picks up momentum as you get caught in the web Ms. Healey spins. I enjoy mythology greatly and it was very nice to learn about a mythology of which I knew nothing. The plot was beautifully written and I personally think that the characters were not meant to be overly relate-able. The magical, mythological, and mundane collide in New Zealand in Ms. Healey's wonderful debut novel - Guardian of the Dead.