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In this complex fantasy, the future of the kingdom falls in young Elin's hands when she discovers she can communicate with Royal Beasts. Elin must decide to sacrifice her beliefs to save the kingdom from ensuing chaos or preserve the dignity and freedom of the animals she loves.
The book tells the story of Balsa, a skilled female warrior, who accepts the task of protecting a young prince from otherworldly demons and his father's assassins. Prince Chagum is the Moribito, the guardian of the sacred spirit. If Balsa is unsuccessful in protecting the prince, the country will suffer years of devastating drought so together they must find in each other the source of strength they need to prevail.
- Mildred L. Batchelder Award 2009 (Medal Winner)
- ISBN: 9780545005425