Moribito by Nahoko Uehashi
Guardian of the Spirit

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You've never read a fantasy novel like this one! The deep well of Japanese myth merges with the Western fantasy tradition for a novel that's as rich in place and culture as it is hard to put down.

Balsa was a wanderer and warrior for hire. Then she rescued a boy flung into a raging river -- and at that moment, her destiny changed. Now Balsa must protect the boy -- the Prince Chagum -- on his quest to deliver the great egg of the water spirit to its source in the sea. As they travel across the land of Yogo and discover the truth about the spirit, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster Rarunga . . . and the prince's own father.
 

About Nahoko Uehashi

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NAHOKO UEHASHI is a former anthropologist, an experience that informs the rich fantasy backgrounds of her novels. She lives in Tokyo, Japan. CATHY HIRANO's translation of The Friends by Kazumi Yumoto won the Batchelder Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.
 
Published June 1, 2008 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This newly translated 1996 Japanese fantasy has spawned nine sequels, a radio drama, a manga comic book and an anime television series in Japan.

May 15 2008 | Read Full Review of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

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The story follows a classic hero path: sheltered boy is cast out of his home, discovers a magical destiny, finds a warrior mentor, learns the ways of the world, and journeys to fulfill his destiny against overwhelming obstacles.

Jan 01 1996 | Read Full Review of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Chamber Four

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The first Moribito had all the trappings of a great YA adventure story.

Jun 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

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