|Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit|
|Title||Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit|
|Romaji Title||Seirei no Moribito|
|Illustrator|| Makiko Futaki|
| Preceded by|
| Followed by|
Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness
|Publisher|| Kaisei-sha (hardcover)|
|Publisher||Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)|
June 2008 (hardcover)
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (精霊の守り人, Seirei no Moribito) is the first novel in the Moribito series written by Nahoko Uehashi.
Above all, before everything, Balsa is a fighter.
She protects children and adults, the rich and the poor, in a quest to redeem eight lives lost for her sake. She is a master of the short spear and expert in the martial arts, dazzling even her opponents with her fearlessness in combat.
And she will need every one of her skills in her latest job: guarding the Second Prince, Chagum. For the prince is the Moribito - the Guardian of the Spirit - chosen to deliver the egg of the Water Spirit to its home in the distant sea. If he fails, a drought will devastate the land of New Yogo. But as Balsa and Chagum travel across the country, learning more about the spirit and the secret history of the empire, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster, Rarunga... and the prince's own father.
- Part 1: Chrysalis
- Part 2: Rarunga
- Part 3: Midsummer's Day
- Epilogue: In the Rain
- List of Characters
- List of Places and Terms
- Author's Note