Guardian of the Dead by Karen HealeyGuardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Guardian of the Dead

byKaren Healey

Paperback | August 3, 2011

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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 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.
Karen Healey is the author of the Aurealis winner and William C. Morris Debut Award finalistGuardian of the Dead,The Shattering, andWhen We Wake. She technically lives in New Zealand, but actually lives on the internet. You can find her at
Title:Guardian of the DeadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:August 3, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316044385

ISBN - 13:9780316044387

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Torn I am really torn on this review... I Loved it initially... I couldnt put it down and spent many late nights reading it... I loved the Maori Mythology... it was something new. But just over half way through it I realized things where wrapping up and I was wondering how Id have half a book left to read. Sure enough it really REALLY started to drag on... and on and on... it made me sad
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maori mythology fictionalized into a fun YA novel 17-year old Ellie grew up on the North Island of New Zealand, but has been sent to a boarding school on the South Island. When she accidentally runs into the quiet, mysterious, cute boy Mark, she suddenly feels ill and her world is about to change forever. I really enjoyed this. I enjoyed the relationships of Ellie and her friends before her world was turned upside-down and it moved quite quickly through most of the rest of the book. Healey has fictionalized Maori mythology into a fun YA novel. I did find the ending a little odd, but overall, I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2012-05-02