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Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
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Jan 03, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, morris-award-finalist, fantasy
Read from December 16 to 17, 2010

What fun to find a fantasy story that incorporates unfamiliar mythology and landscapes. Add in a prickly but likeable protagonist and several characters who refuse to be defined as "good guys" or "bad guys" and you've got a winner. The set-up was my favorite part, as Ellie tries to figure out what on earth is going on and who to trust. The second half didn't have quite the same suspense for me, but I still enjoyed the story. Healey has an interesting author's note about using a culture's mythology as an outsider, which I thought was a nice touch, and she explains where she deviated from the authentic Maori stories.
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