Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is one of those normal-person-has-unusual-experiences/powers books (in the Fallen/Evermore/Harry Potter continuum). What really sets it apart is that the setting is New Zealand, an area of the world and a mythology about which most readers will know very little. So while the plot seems rather run-of-the-mill, the introduction to Maori mythology (specifically creation myths and mythological creatures) will make up for that.
There's also some humor in here; the part that got me most was the "battle" between Ellie and Mark over research via Internet versus research via books. But then, I'm a librarian. The relationships between Ellie, Isis, Kevin and Mark are all very realistic and rather complex at times, something not often found in this genre.
ARC provided by publisher.
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