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Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness (守り人 #2)

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Balsa returns to her native Kanbal to clear the name of Jiguro, her dear mentor, who saved her life when she was six years old. But what should be a visit of truth and reconciliation becomes a fight for her life when she learns that Jiguro had been a member of King Rogsam's personal bodyguard. After Jiguro fled Kanbal with her, Rogsam sent the other bodyguards after them o ...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published February 1st 1999)
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May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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.
The second entry in Moribito, a low fantasy/adventure series starring the feisty spear wielder, Balsa. It has a few call-backs to the events in Guardian of the Spirit, taking place immediately after the first book's ending; but it can also function as a stand-alone narrative that's independent of the previous story.

In Guardian of the Darkness, Balsa takes a trip to her hometown of Kanbal, a place rich of customs, values, and folklore..... as well as bloody past, bitter memories, and a pile of l
Dion Yulianto
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shira Glassman
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Kyle Muntz
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
April Helms
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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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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