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Over at Kirkus: Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi

It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea reviews bestselling Japanese fantasy novel (turned manga and anime series) Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi…

Moribito (Vol 1)

…and she freaking LOVED it. This beautiful, thoughtful yet action-packed book features a superhero-like female protagonist as well as richly diverse worldbuilding, cultures, and characters. Go HERE to get the full story.


  • Katie A
    April 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    And book 2 is just as awesome – though less sweeping, as it’s a more personal story for Balsa. But the truly painful thing is that there are actually like 7/8 books in the Moribito series altogether, but only the first two were translated because sales were too low for Scholastic to keep going with the series. So fingers crossed that your review spikes enough renewed interest in the series to make them reconsider!

  • Eliza
    April 15, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Okay, this one sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read it and it’s sequel.

    Katie A – If the first two books are as awesome as Thea and you say, it’s distressing knowing there are six more books in the series that are unavailable to us who don’t read Japanese. Ack!

  • Marla
    April 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Balsa is an awesome heroine; I got very excited when the second was translated, and was crushed when I realized no more were coming.

  • Marta
    November 2, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    These series are BRILLIANT! I would love to be able to read the rest of the books.

  • Yuka
    April 14, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Hello. It’ nice to meet you. I love Moribito series as well as The Beast Player and its author. Especially The Beast Player has changed my life forever. It’s my recommendation for those who love Moribito series.
    It’s really unfortunate that only the first two books (“Guardian of the Spirit” and “Guardian of the Darkness”) have been translated from more than eight-years on yet. I love Guardian of the God and its second main character among those untranslated books.
    You may be able to see the sequels if you sign my petition and share both that and the series.

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