Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Guardian of the spirit cover
Title Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Romaji Title Seirei no Moribito
Kanji Title 精霊の守り人
Author Nahoko Uehashi
Illustrator Makiko Futaki
Miho Satake
Yuko Shimizu
Publication Order
Preceded by
Followed by
Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness
Publisher Kaisei-sha (hardcover)
Shinchosha (paperback)
Publication date

July 1996
March 2007 (bunko)


Cathy Hirano

Publisher Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
Publication date

June 2008 (hardcover)
April 2009 (paperback)

Novel Information


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.

Plot IntroductionEdit

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
  • I. Balsa to the Rescue
  • II. The Flight Begins
  • III. The Star Readers
  • IV. Toya, the Errand Runner
  • V. The Hunters Released
  • VI. The Hunters and the Hunted
  • I. Tanda, the Healer
  • II. Torogai, the Magic Weaver
  • III. Torogai's Message
  • IV. The Legend of the Yakoo
  • V. Reunion with Torogai
  • Part 3: Midsummer's Day
  • I. Winter at the Hunting Cave
  • II. In the Secret Archives
  • III. The Change Begins
  • IV. On the Trail of Shigu Salua
  • V. Attacking Claws
  • VI. Nanai's Memoirs Revisited
  • VII. A Dream of Clouds
  • VIII. The Wind of Sahnan and the Wings of the Nahji
  • IX. A Different Destiny
  • Epilogue: In the Rain
  • List of Characters
  • List of Places and Terms
  • Author's Note

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