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Moribito by Nahoko Uehashi
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Oct 13, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 20c, 50books-poc-2008, japanese, fantasy, teen, chromatic

A very solid fantasy adventure about Balsa, a bodyguard who ends up becoming the protector of a young prince when political forces seek his death. It's so unusual to see a middle-aged woman as the hero of this sort of adventure, and Balsa is awesome: brave, and pragmatic, and fiercely loyal. The story also has a lot of interesting worldbuilding: the land where it takes place is one where the colonized and colonizers live side-by-side, and the heart of the story lies as much in the characters' attempts to find the truth behind old folktales and narratives as in the various action sequences.

I tried watching the anime adaptation of this a while ago and bounced off it; I may have to give that another try now.
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October 13, 2008 – Shelved
October 13, 2008 –
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October 13, 2008 – Shelved as: 20c
October 13, 2008 – Shelved as: 50books-poc-2008
October 13, 2008 – Shelved as: japanese
October 13, 2008 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 13, 2008 – Shelved as: teen
October 13, 2008 – Finished Reading
October 11, 2009 – Shelved as: chromatic

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