Uehashi, Nahoko. Moribito; guardian of the spirit.

Author:Rosser, Clair
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

UEHASHI, Nahoko. Moribito; guardian of the spirit. Trans. by Cathy Hirano. Scholastic. 248p. c2008. 978-0-545-00542-5. $17.99. JS*

This is the first publication in English of Uehashi's first book in the Moribito series, which has already been published as a manga series and has been made into an animated TV show. In an afterward, the author explains how the idea of the series first came to her 12 years ago, and in the interim, she has written 10 books in all. It has been enormously successful in Japan, and we hope to have all the books translated into English and published here.

There are many characters, but the two primary ones are Balsa, a young woman bodyguard, who is asked to protect the young prince, Chagum. His own father has tried to arrange the boy's assassination because of the threat of a water demon who is taking over the prince's body. There is much...

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