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In the marvelous sequel to the novel (and Cartoon Network series) MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT, Balsa returns to her native land to fight a corrupt ruler and face her own demons. 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 one by one--Jiguro's best friends, whom he had to kill to protect Balsa. Now, with the help of two Kanbalese children, Balsa must unwind the conspiracy surrounding Jiguro and the mystery of the Guardians of the Dark.
The action-packed novel that inspired the animated series on Cartoon Network, this extraordinary fantasy merges the deep well of Eastern myth with the Western fantasy tradition, for a novel that's rich in place and character.
You've never read a fantasy novel like this one! The deep well of Japanese myth merges with the Western fantasy tradition for a novel that's as rich in place and culture as it is hard to put down. Balsa was a wanderer and warrior for hire. Then she rescued a boy flung into a raging river -- and at that moment, her destiny changed. Now Balsa must protect the boy -- the Prince Chagum -- on his quest to deliver the great egg of the water spirit to its source in the sea. As they travel across the land of Yogo and discover the truth about the spirit, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster Rarunga . . . and the prince's own father.
She fought the terrible monster Rarunga and saved the Crown Prince Chagum. Now Balsa is returning to her native Kanbal to restore the name of Jiguro, her dear mentor and friend. But what should be a simple visit becomes a fight for her life when she uncovers a conspiracy of lies surrounding Jiguro a conspiracy that reaches as high as the royal family and as deep as Jiguro sown brothers. With the once-a-generation luisha ceremony approaching, when the King receives the sacred stone essential to the kingdom's well being,Balsa must stop the lies before the brothers fight the Guardian of the Darkness and bring ruin to all of Kanbal. With the fast-paced action and intense world building that won praise for the first book in the series, Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness proves that going home can be the most dangerous adventure.