Many years ago I was a bookseller in Napier and Maurice Gee was the public librarian. We became good friends and then Maurice went to Nelson and became a fulltime author while I went to Auckland to enter world of book publishing.
We are now both retired and Maurice said the other day that he thought his writing life was over when part three of his Salt Trilogy, The Limping Man, was published in 2010. He said that this new work, The Severed Land "came out of nowhere and surprised me". So this is a real bonus for all those many Maurice Gee fans out there.
Although described as a YA novel I warmly recommend it to adults also. A brilliant piece of writing.