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Guardian Of The Spirit (Moribito) (edition 2008)

by Nahoko Uehashi

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Title:Guardian Of The Spirit (Moribito)
Authors:Nahoko Uehashi
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books (2008), Edition: Tra, Hardcover, 272 pages
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Tags:boy, girl, Japan, martial arts, magic, fantasy, historical fiction, Mikado, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, grade 8, sh

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Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is an English translation of the first book in a Japanese YA fantasy series following a warrior woman named Balsa. In Guardian of the Spirit, Balsa is hired to protect twelve year old Prince Chagum, who holds the egg of the water spirit. If the egg is destroyed before midsummer, then a great drought will descend across the land.

Balsa is pretty darn awesome. She’s a thirty year old bodyguard who dedicates her life to saving others. But somewhere along the way, fighting got in her bones and now she doesn’t know how to live differently. It’s also nice that she wasn’t the only important female character in the novel.

The world building of Guardian of the Spirit was very well done. There’s two groups of people, one who conquered the other two hundred years back. The people native to the region have begun to forget their myths and legends, which creates trouble for Balsa and Chagum when they are trying to get information about the water spirit.

The book also contains illustrations! It was divided into several sections, and in the division between each section, there was a two page illustrated spread. The artwork was gorgeous. I love it when books incorporate art like this.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is a short and fairly simple adventure story. There are some underlying complexities, especially in Balsa’s characterization and some of the ideas about how those in power shape the stories that are told, but it is a book that could easily be read by a middle school audience. The prose can be a bit simple, and it feels a tad obvious in places (too much telling and not enough showing?). That being said, if you’re older and want a lighter fantasy story, I think you would still enjoy Guardian of the Spirit.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Jan 7, 2016 |
Not bad, but I really hated them mentioning over and over that Tanda and Balsa should get married. Further review later. ( )
  Maverynthia | Jun 2, 2015 |
My best description of the book would be "Otori Lite". It has a great plot line, and the writing is exceptional. It lacks the density of the Otori books but is a must read for younger readers. For older readers "Tales of the Otori" is a must. ( )
  Gglhack | Feb 5, 2014 |
Whilst an intriguing idea and a fascinating setting, the story itself seemed rather lacklustre. The plot moved along at a reasonable place, but the action scenes lacked tensions and the characterisation seemed rather flat. I cannot help but wonder if it lost something in the translation. The folklore was interesting, but dealt with in a way that felt like it was all just being explained to the reader, in a "this is what happened" kind of manner. Whilst the setting was interesting - I loved the rare descriptions of the landscape and the buildings, I felt the experience could have been heightened if the book were a little longer and a little more fleshed out. As it was, I felt little empathy for the characters - and thus experienced virtually no tension throughout the final climactic scenes. Somewhat dissappointing.

Read for my "U" author as part of my "Reading the Alphabet" challenge.
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1 vote LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is an exciting, action packed story with amazing fight scenes. Yet, the book also has surprising depth and solid character development. The world building is amazing; New Yogo is a fantasy world, but there are definite Japanese cultural influences.

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1 vote SheilaRuth | Aug 23, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545005434, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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The wandering warrior Balsa is hired to protect Prince Chagum from both a mysterious monster and the prince's father, the Mikado.

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