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Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness

September 25, 2009

Moribito 2: Guardian of the DarknessMoribito II: Guardian of the Darkness
by: Nahoko Uehashi
published by: Scholastic Inc. (Arthur A. Levine Books imprint)
summary: 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. (from the back of the book)

Ramblings: I’m not sure which of the Moribito volumes I like better so far, since this second volume is a fantastic addition to the series.

Like the first volume, Scholastic did something strange and used a really dark green (almost black) font to match the cover of the book. The cover itself is again a fantastic representation of the story (which doesn’t happen so often as it should). On a random note, the image here has Balso holding a sword, but my copy of the book has her holding a staff/spear, which is much more accurate to the story. ;] Also like the first volume, there’s a nice little glossary of terms at the end for the little kiddies to keep track of the strange terms. They also included a few family trees and lists of characters in the back that was kind of a nice touch (though honestly they were pretty useless if you follow the story).

Definitely a quick read (just 4 or 5 hours for me), this is also a fantastic follow-up to the first volume of the series. I couldn’t put it down (I actually skipped class the next day because I stayed up late reading it, haha).

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  1. October 6, 2009 5:07 pm

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