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Guardian of the Dead - Karen Healey
Guardian of the Dead
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"You're Ellie Spencer."I opened my mouth, just as he added, "And your eyes are opening." Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over Mark, a cute and mysterious bad boy, and her biggest worry... show more
"You're Ellie Spencer."I opened my mouth, just as he added, "And your eyes are opening." Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over Mark, a cute and mysterious bad boy, and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. But then everything changes. The news headlines are all abuzz about a local string of serial killings that all share the same morbid trademark: the victims were discovered with their eyes missing. Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie's circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands, exclaiming, "You need it. It will save your soul." Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316044301 (031604430X)
Pages no: 333
Edition language: English
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ambyr
ambyr rated it
3.0 Guardian of the Dead
Another earnest novel, but with enough plot (and thoughtful characterization) to balance out its more lecturey moments. The writing occasionally rose above serviceable to reach something numinous, particularly in the descriptions of how the world looked to those who could see myth overlaid on realit...
herpetfrog
herpetfrog rated it
If you don't live in a very small, part of the world that - on the whole - consumes mass culture rather than produces it, you have no idea the pleasure of simply reading a book that speaks with your own accent. That uses local words for local things. That knows what it's like getting out of bed ever...
Vera
Vera rated it
It's a bit like the author looked at everything she disliked in fantasty/horror and wrote against it, successfully. This is a creepy book with great characters and good pacing. Looking forward to her next book, due out this year.
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
Well, this might as well have been written for me. Boarding school, Maori mythology, evil fairies and a production of a Midsummer Night's Dream. I enjoyed every bit of it, including the uncommon heroine.
Miss Clark
Miss Clark rated it
2.5 starsI really appreciated how different it was, being set in New Zealand, using the Maori mythology, etc.It made for a very interesting read that maintained my interest, but sadly I did not really connect with any of the characters. They were real enough, I just did not know them. They were not ...
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