|Guardian of Heaven and Earth|
|Title||Guardian of Heaven and Earth|
|Romaji Title||Ten to Chi no Moribito |
|Illustrator|| Makiko Futaki|
| Preceded by|
Traveler of the Blue Road
| Followed by|
|Publisher|| Kaisei-sha (hardcover)|
January 2007 (volumes 1 and 2)
Guardian of Heaven and Earth (天と地の守り人, Ten to Chi no Moribito) is the seventh novel in the Moribito series written by Nahoko Uehashi. The novel is split into three volumes, beginning with The Kingdom of Rota (ロタ王国編, Rota Ōkoku-hen), followed by The Kingdom of Kanbal (カンバル王国編, Kanbaru Ōkoku-hen), and concluding with The New Yogo Empire (新ヨゴ皇国編, Shin Yogo Ōkoku-hen).
Balsa sets off for the kingdom of Rota to rescue Chagum, the Crown Prince of New Yogo, hitherto believed dead. To protect his homeland from ruin, they undertake a dangerous quest to reach the king of Kanbal to forge an alliance between Rota and Kanbal to end the influence of the neighbouring nation of Talsh, which threatens New Yogo. With Balsa's help, Chagum returns to his homeland after a Talsh attack takes many civilian lives. While Chagum leads New Yogo against the Emperor, Balsa finds her old friend Tanda injured by the war.
The Kingdom of RotaEdit
Chagum attempts to broker an alliance with Rota against the Talsh Empire. While the king, Ihan, is willing to agree, the country is in the midst of a civil war, and those who oppose Ihan also oppose the alliance. They attempt to kill Chagum, but, hearing that Chagum lives and is in need of her aid, Balsa goes to his rescue and helps him escape Rota into Kanbal. In the process she is helped by the Hounds (Kasharu) and Shihana, the villain from Guardian of the God. Chagum is also wounded in the face, leaving him with a permanent scar.
The Kingdom of KanbalEdit
Chagum and Balsa travel through her old homeland together. They are captured by a double agent, Kamu, who thinks that they are spies, but ultimately helps them in their quest. After forging an alliance between New Yogo and Kanbal, Chagum rides for home.
The New Yogo EmpireEdit
Tanda's brother is drafted by the New Yogo army, and Tanda goes to war in his place. Meanwhile, Torogai has discovered that a major natural disaster is forthcoming, a flood from Nayug which will destroy Kosenkyo. At the same time, Chagum leads an army of Rotan and Kanbal troops into New Yogo to stop the invading Talsh, but the Mikado interprets this as coup d'etat. Chagum knows of the coming disaster and meets with his father in an attempt to have the city evacuated. The Mikado will not listen. He attempts to have Chagum killed for the third time, but Shuga rescues him. Torogai oversees a partial evacuation, but when the flood comes, the Mikado is killed along with many others. Meanwhile, Hugo Arayutan, back in the Talsh Empire, convinces Talsh Prince Raul to call of the invasion, since the Talsh armies cannot prevail against the triple alliance. The Talsh withdraw and the people of New Yogo attempt to rebuild, now with Chagum as their emperor. Balsa finds Tanda among the wounded and is forced to amputate his arm, which was injured during the fighting and has become gangrenous. She stays with him to help him recover.