[Book Review] Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness

Moribito_II_coverTitle: Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness (Moribito series, Book 2)
Author: Nahoko Uehashi (English translation by Cathy Hirano)
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Middle Grade/Young Adult
Published: May 2009 by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Inc.
Recommended for ages 12 and up
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a synopsis from the publisher:

For many years, through countless fights, Balsa has survived. The evil King Rogsam tried to kill her when she was only six. Eight assassins pursued her in the long flight that followed. But her mentor, Jiguro, protected her until his death, and then Balsa became a bodyguard herself, helping other people survive the challenges they face. When she returns to her native country of Kanbal, she hopes to see Jiguro’s family and her own for the first time in many years. But what should be a simple visit of truth and reconciliation becomes a fight for her life when she learns that King Rogsam framed Jiguro for the deaths of the eight assassins—as well as a crime that threatens the very existence of Kanbal. With the help of two Kanbalese children, Balsa must unwind the conspiracy surrounding Jiguro and the mystery of the Guardians of the Darkness, before it’s too late.

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[Book Review] Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

moribito_book1Title: Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (also known as Seirei no Moribito and Guardian of the Sacred Spirit)
Author: Nahoko Uehashi (English translation by Cathy Hirano)
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Published: June 2008 by Scholastic Inc.
The publisher rates it as suitable for ages 12 and up
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a synopsis from the publisher:

Above all, before everything, Balsa is a fighter. She protects children and adults, the rich and the poor, in a quest to redeem eight lives lost for her sake. She is a master of the short spear and expert in the martial arts, dazzling even her opponents with her fearlessness in combat.

And she will need every one of her skills in her latest job: guarding the Second Prince, Chagum. For the prince is the Moribito — the Guardian of the Spirit — chosen to deliver the egg of the Water Spirit to its home in the distant sea. If he fails, a drought will devastate the land of the New Yogo. But as Balsa and Chagum travel across the country, learning more about the spirit and the secret history of the empire, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster, Rarunga . . . and the prince’s own father.

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