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Guardian of the Darkness (守り人 #2)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  845 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Translation editor: Mohammad Baihaqqi

Balsa kembali ke negeri kelahirannya, Kanbal, untuk membersihkan nama baik ayah angkatnya. Namun kunjungan rekonsiliasi itu malah menjadi pertarungan hidup dan mati ketika dia mengetahui bahwa Jiguro dulunya adalah anggota pengawal pribadi Raja Rogsam. Setelah Jiguro lari dari Kanbal bersamanya, Rogsam mengirim pengawal lain satu per sa
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Penerbit Matahati (first published February 1st 1999)
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Cyna
May 30, 2012 Cyna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moribito II picks up just after Moribito ends, with Balsa returning to her home country of Kanbal to visit her Master and father-figure Jiguro's relatives, and explain about the circumstances surrounding their departure twenty some-odd years ago. Balsa and Jiguro had originally fled Kanbal because of Balsa's father's involvement in a royal conspiracy, but the king who might have considered her a threat is dead now, making it safe for her return. Except it's really not.

When she arrives, Balsa lea
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Roya
This one resembled the story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, but an eastern variation of it. Hyoulu, interestingly, is what in Persian is called Hayoula. I wonder if the author knew of this. Apperantly the other books of the series are not yet translated into English and me learning how to read Japanese would take a decade.
Dion Yulianto
Dec 12, 2016 Dion Yulianto rated it really liked it
Buka segel novel yang sudah tertimbun 4 tahun ini karena kangen baca buku-buku fantasi Matahati yang khas dan terjemahannya empuk banget itu. Buku ini sebagai sekuel dari Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit dengan rasa fantasi yang tak sekental buku pertama. Tetapi ada alasan mengapa buku ini ratingnya 4 lebih, ceritanya seru, karakter-karakternya menyenangkan, dan bonus adegan tanding pake tombak yang keren. Nahoko rupanya fokus pada permainan tombak sehingga semua orang di buku ini bertarung deng ...more
an
Feb 05, 2012 an rated it really liked it
Shelves: jepun, punya
apa menurutmu aku tidak tahu bahwa setiap kali kau terpaksa membunuh temanmu kau merasa sangat membenciku? aku tahu! (hlm. 316)

sarat dengan dendam. jika buku pertama mengkisahkan pencarian dan nuansa-nuansa cinta, maka dalam buku kedua ini dikisahkan penemuan akan dendam. balsa yang kembali ke negeri asal na untuk sebuah pencarian, untuk menuntaskan apa yang belum tuntas bagi na, untuk menenangkan hati ternyata tidak menemukan perjalanan sesuai harapan na. berdamai dengan masa lalu ternyata haru
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Shira Glassman
Jul 10, 2016 Shira Glassman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want high fantasy w/female lead & no romance
Recommended to Shira by: Quartzen
High fantasy set in an impoverished mountain culture where the crops do so poorly that only 60% of the children survive. Prosperity depends on a friendly relationship with the spirits that live in the mountain, whose true nature isn't revealed until the book's climax. The protagonist is a warrior woman named Balsa who, upon returning to her homeland, finds a pile of court intrigue and a multi-layered plot of evil brothers conspiring against good brothers.

I'm not sure if it's the writing style or
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Kyle Muntz
Jul 22, 2015 Kyle Muntz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this after watching the anime--which made the really peculiar decision to adapt the first 250 page novel into a 26 episode series. I wasn't entirely fond of the anime (largely because of added plot elements that were mostly really dumb), but it had hints of a really interesting world with lots of nice ideas, and in retrospect its odd they bloated such a small novel when they could have kept going through more of the series. This book wasn't incredible or genre defining, but it ...more
Mery
Oct 18, 2010 Mery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya
Aku suka Balsa! :D

Kali ini Balsa kembali ke Kanbal. Tujuan Balsa pulang adalah untuk memperbaiki nama baik Jiguro, gurunya.

Tapi ternyata mengembalikan nama baik Jiguro tidak mudah, Balsa harus menghadapi roh kegelapan. Tapi di samping itu Balsa harus pula melawan ksatria tombak, adik Jiguro, yang juga merupakan pahlawan besar di Kanbal.

Di sini kita akan diceritakan mengenai negara Kanbal. Kanbal adalah negara miskin, di mana kehidupan penuduknya yang mmerupakan penggembala. Untuk menambah pengha
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April Helms
Balsa is back, and she heads to her native Kanbal hoping to lay rest her personal demons of guilt regarding her foster father Jiguro and her past. What she finds is a brain-pretzel of a political plot involving Jiguro, and the stories spread to discredit him. Balsa quickly discovers that not only is her life in danger, but the whole of Kanbal is in jeopardy. In this story, the reader finds out more about Balsa's past and her family. Balsa is a wonderful heroine -- tough, smart and human. The boo ...more
branewurms
My thoughts on this one are pretty similar to the last - its strengths and weaknesses are much the same. Prose is smooth but flat, world building is astounding - although in this one I did think Uehashi got a little carried away with the food. (Food is good! And oft-neglected in fantasy worlds! But geez.) This book had even more political intrigue than the last one, and I was totally hooked by it - for the second half of the story I barely came up for air.

I missed Tanda and I hope he'll be in th
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Minli
Sep 16, 2010 Minli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Avatar the Last Airbender
Both this and the first Moribito are wonderful children's books imported from Japan, where it is also a manga and anime. I kept drawing comparisons to Avatar the Last Airbender, though with less comedy and romance. The setting is a historical (medieval) fantasy version of Japan, the main character is an unconventional 30-year-old female bodyguard, and the kids in it are awesome. Think legends. Heroes. Honour. Treachery and betrayal and dark buried secrets. Also, the worldbuilding is impressive, ...more
Tiffany
Jun 19, 2012 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book could be read by a girl or boy in the grade 6 and up. This book is about a young girl, by the name of Balsa, who almost got killed by an evil king when she was 6 years old. Eight assassins pursued her in the long flight that followed. But her mentor, Jiguro, protected her until his death, and then she became a bodyguard herself has she was getting older. Balsa was helping other people survive the challenges they faced when she was being their bodyguard.

Batchelder Award winners 2010
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I liked this book even better than the first one! There was a lot more intrigue and mystery, and fewer fighting scenes. The Japanese-style world and the mythic creatures give the story a charm all its own.

I adore the main character, Balsa, because she is ornery and crotchety and suspicious, but with a generous and compassionate heart. A wonderfully complex character that grows even more in this second book!
The plot is twisting and intense with plenty of surprises. Love it so much!
Joy
Aug 09, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Originally published in 1999.) I enjoyed this a lot, though the prose feels flat. (That may be a translation issue.) Anyway, Balsa is a wonderful strong woman character, and her adventure here benefits from being tied much more closely to her personal history than the one in Guardian of the Spirit. I hope Scholastic continues to publish translations of this series.
Genevieve
May 28, 2017 Genevieve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked that this went in a different direction than the first one - the plot was less stereotypically "manga"-y and seeing Balsa's home country and all the details worked in was interesting. The final resolution was great, but there were a few places where the machinations to get us there didn't quite make sense.
Dani Noviandi
Oct 06, 2013 Dani Noviandi rated it really liked it
Kali ini Balsa kembali ke negeri Kanbal, nnegeri kelahirannya untuk membersihkan nama baik ayah angkatnya, Jiguro. Nama Jiguro menjadi buruk di Kanbal gara-gara ia melarikan Balsa ketika Balsa berumur enam tahun, dan ia pun mencuri cincin dari Tombak Kanbal. Tombak Kanbal sendiri ialah para petarung ahli tombak yang menjadi pengawal Raja Kanbal. Kanbal ini terdiri dari sembilan klan, Balsa merupakan klan Yonsa, sedangkan Jiguro adalah klan Musa. Kakak dari Jiguro yaitu Kaguro ialah ketua klan Mu ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

This second book of the MORIBITO series follows female bodyguard Balsa as she returns from the land of New Yogo to her ancestral homeland of Kanbal, a land she has not seen since she was a young child. At the age of six, Balsa's father discovered a plot to murder the current king of Kanbal, and as a result, her father was murdered and his best friend fled the country with the young Balsa. This man, Jiguro, was responsible for protecting and raising
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Sarah
Feb 22, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nahoko's writing style is one of my absolute favorites. Her concise words yet descriptive language never fail to amaze me. This, coupled with her utterly captivating stories, make me wish that the rest of her books were translated. With a deep, twisting tale about Balsa and her homeland, Uehashi manages to weave a tale that can be told regardless of language.
Tricia
"Balsa stood on a rocky ledge beside a cave, the overlapping ridges of the Misty Blue Mountains dropping away beneath her."

I read the first book solely because I was a huge fan of its anime, and I was not the slightest disappointed by it. It is difficult to find a fantastic heroine these days, and when I saw Balsa and watched her story unfold for the first time, I was utterly enamored by everything about her. To my knowledge, there isn't (yet?) a version of the second book in anime, and so when
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Coolcurry
While it’s the sequel to Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, this book could probably be read independently. Balsa, a bodyguard, is returning to her homeland to clear the name of her mentor and foster father, Jiguro, who saved her life when she was six years old. But when she finally returns to her homeland, she finds that the conspiracy that led Jiguro to flee with her so long ago extends a lot farther than she thought.

While I tend to list the Moribito books as YA, they could easily be read by mi
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Luqman Hakim
Jan 05, 2011 Luqman Hakim rated it it was amazing
Bagus banget.. seru.. bacanya cepet.. dan kalau d baca cepet = seru *muter2*

Balsa :love: :love: kembali ke negeri kelahirannya tanah Kanbal!

ngapain dia k sana, bukannya hanya membuka luka lama penghianatan Rogsamtot terhadap keluarganya?

Baca dulu bukunya.. ntar ngerti.. wkwkwkwk
pokoknya Balsa akhirnya bisa mencapai "sisi lain" dari emosinya selama ini yang tak tertahankan. *beuh salut buat Balsa... gw mana bisa nahan emosi kyk gitu... kalo jadi Balsa gw RATAIN tu keturunan2 Rogsamtot dan juga
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Novia
Oct 24, 2011 Novia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second book of Moribito series, unfortunately it is also the last in the series which has been translated into both English and Indonesian. I wish I can read all the books but my Japanese skill is still far from being able to read a full grown-up novel (I can only read few Manga). Just like the first book, The Guardian of the Spirit, the main character is still the heroin Balsa with her amazing ability in spear combat. The Guardian of Darkness is better than The Guardian of The ...more
Aelvana
Jan 08, 2015 Aelvana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Balsa is finally going home.

When she was six, she fled the country with her father's closest friend, Jiguro. Assassins followed. Jiguro killed them all, even though they were his friends, to protect her. Now Balsa is hoping to repay her debt somehow, to tell those who knew him the true story of his life and death. But Kanbal is not entirely at peace, even though the evil king who murdered her father and sent assassins after Jiguro has long since perished. Balsa's homecoming may be far more than
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Hellen
Jan 18, 2015 Hellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, ya
A really satisfying sequel to the first Moribito! The worldbuilding is ace as before, the interactions between the landscape and the supernatural world and human politics are satisfyingly done, as well as the relationship dynamics and connections between the different cultures. None of it is delivered in info-dumps, but simply slipped into the plot where it makes sense and is needed. I don't known how much of it is due to the translation, but the language is both simple and matter-of-fact, as we ...more
Oracleofdoom
Apr 04, 2012 Oracleofdoom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially watched the anime, which covers only the first book. When I realized this second book was going to take place in Kanbal, Balsa's homeland, and not include any of the characters introduced in the first book, I was a little slow and unmotivated to get started with this. Another thing that made it hard for me to get going was knowing that the other books in this series have not been translated into english, and as far as I know, they possibly never will be.

Still, I loved the book once
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Barbara Steinhauser
What I learned? Packaging counts! I love the feel of this book, from typeface to texture. And the black and gray illustrations scattered throughout contribute continuity.

But none of this would matter had I not become caught up in the storyline. Moribito II has been called a "graphic novel in words" and its visual style definitely creates a believable world. Heroine Basho inhales and exhales, emotes and erupts on her first trip home since a trusted family friend and exceptional warrior stole her
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Peter
Feb 28, 2010 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second book about the bodyguard Balsa, Uehashi really hits his stride. Tension is heightened throughout the novel by an old conspiracy, the remainders of which entangle Balsa from the opening of the novel. This is a story of high adventure in a unique and fascinating world. Adding to the forward momentum of the story is a mysterious and crucial ceremony at which the conspiracy will come to fruition or failure. The ceremony at the end of the novel becomes its key piece in more ways than o ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
It's probably 3.5 stars.. not quite 4 but definitely not just 3, either. Still liked it a lot and really enjoyed reading about Balsa's past and all the dealings with the inner demons. However, the book is definitely more self-reflective, more "telling" and less "showing" with many fewer action sequences. The imagery, though, is really strong. The underground cavern and icy cold river and the darkness are all tangible and leaving a strong impression.

And the book-making itself is so incredible. T
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Tanya
Nov 19, 2012 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel is similar to the first one in some ways: main character protects a teen boy, supernatural occurrences, strong class-ism, and an aboriginal tribe.

This sequel is more deeply emotional and less classically adventurous. The action at the end of the book is often curtailed. For example, in a four day journey, the beginning in in great detail, then the four days are summed up in a sentence. A little jarring (though a relief not to experience the unessential days in total detail).
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Danielle
Dec 09, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book proves that you don't have to have a 1000-page tome to create a wonderfully interesting world. Though short in comparison to most books that I read, I found myself drawn into a world that may not be in your face magical, but has a mythical feel to it in subtle and interesting ways that are always a delightful surprise. I really enjoyed Balsa as a character. Though strong physically, she also has a big heart and human emotions that make her very relatable. The other characters aren't le ...more
Eka I
Feb 06, 2017 Eka I rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Gilaaaaa! Ini buku bisa bikin gue merinding. Entah kenapa gue bersyukur banget buku ini nggak laku pas gue jual. Ada 8 seri, sayang yg terjemahan cuma 2. T_T Intinya, Moribito nggak pernah bikin gue kecewa!
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Nahoko Uehashi is the author of ten books in the Moribito series, which have sold more than a million copies and won many major literary awards in her native Japan. An associate professor at a Japanese university, she has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and studies indigenous peoples in Australia. She lives near Tokyo, Japan.
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