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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,782 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Healey Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781449836900
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Debut novelist Karen Healey taps Maori mythology for this fresh spin on the fantasy genre. Seventeen-year old Ellie Spencer has a crush on the cute and mysterious Mark. That's the normal part of her life. But something terrifying also haunts Ellie and her community. People are being killed-and their eyes are being removed. Ellie soon learns two shocking truths. First, Mark is part patupaiarehe, the Maori equivalent of a fairy. Second, a war is brewing. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon | 2/14/2014

    " This just isn't my type of novel. Fans of paranormal and mythological fiction would probably like it better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy Blackwell | 2/12/2014

    " This urban fantasy book almost read like a high fantasy for me since everything I know about New Zealand was learned from multiple viewings of Lord of the Rings. Despite the fact that I had to run to Wikipedia every five minutes while reading GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD, I really enjoyed it. The author did a great job of weaving together several different mythologies and creating multi-layered characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare K. R. | 1/16/2014

    " This started out slow and actually kind of annoying, but then it turned into everything I have ever loved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Komal | 1/4/2014

    " I loved this, I really did but the fact that its a white girl who ends up saving the day, leaves a bitter aftertaste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/4/2014

    " This is an urban fantasy which is not, in fact, about werewolves, vampires, or zombies. It draws on Maori mythology instead, a whole fascinating mythos I knew nothing about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sumiyyah | 1/3/2014

    " yawn :( i just cudnt feel it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Poblocki | 12/19/2013

    " I love this book... I love Karen Healey's daring imagination and boundless intellect! Guardian of the Dead is a challenge to YA paranormal-fiction authors. Karen has raised the bar. This book defies categorization and deserves all the attention it's going to get. Read it now! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 12/11/2013

    " This book just seemed like a disaster to me. In the beginning, it was really interesting and seemed like it would make for a great read. About half way through, it seemed to just do a flip flop, and got pretty cheesy and just all together really confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss Ginny Tea | 12/8/2013

    " I originally rejected this, but after talking it over with Anna, I decided to try again. This time, it worked. I read it in one sitting and quite enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 8/23/2012

    " This was a great new modern edgy fantasy title, set in New Zealand & using Maori legends as the basis for the supernatural elements. I liked it because it was something new & different in the dark fantasy genre! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/7/2012

    " The earthquake plot ends up being kind of creepy after real-life events. I still really dislike the white mask cover, although at least it turns out to be plot-related. The up-the-nose shot is just uncalled for and totally off-putting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asprettyasaflamingo | 9/21/2011

    " It was a little confusing and the dialogue seemed pretty fun, but perhaps not my kinda book. 3/5 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam MacLardy | 5/22/2011

    " The beginning was good, but when it started getting into witches and magical beings I lost interest completely. I wanted to read a horrifying murder story, not a magical/twilight cliche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 5/20/2011

    " Good book. I did not want to read it at first but when I started it, i got really into it. It's an interesting read. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Junie | 5/2/2011

    " I thought this book was awesome, but it was disturbing in most parts and that REALLY bothered me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 4/17/2011

    " Weird book an adaptation of Maori mythology. Set in New Zealand. A young adult love story also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Queen | 4/16/2011

    " Pretty good. Liked it! Great cover as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/1/2011

    " Set in New Zealand and incorporates New Zealand mythology. Maybe I read it too fast, but I had trouble getting into the mythology of the book. Pretty fun, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 3/25/2011

    " I have some quibbles, but was mostly pleased with it. I loved the New Zealand setting and learning a bit of Maori mythology was really fascinating, while overall Ellie was a pretty strong character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 3/10/2011

    " Took me forever to read the dam thing, and as such the experience was in fragments, but nonetheless it was very original and interesting! And I loved having a really angry, moody protagonist; she felt so completely 'real' to me, all negative traits included. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 3/1/2011

    " 3.5
    Listened to on playaway
    Loved the readers australian accent
    Loved the Maori myths- you almost need to know some Maori myths to keep up with storyline
    "

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About the Author
Author Karen Healey
Karen Healey is the author of the Aurealis winner and William C. Morris Debut Award finalist Guardian of the Dead, The Shattering, and When We Wake. She technically lives in New Zealand, but actually lives on the internet. You can find her at www.karenhealey.com.
About the Narrator

Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.