The Beast Player


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Elin’s family has an important responsibility: caring for the fearsome water serpents that form the core of their kingdom’s army. So when some of the beasts mysteriously die, Elin’s mother is sentenced to death as punishment. With her last breath, she manages to send her daughter to safety.

Alone, far from home, Elin soon discovers that she can talk to both the terrifying water serpents and the majestic flying beasts that guard her queen. This skill gives her great powers, but it also involves her in deadly plots that could cost her life. Can she save herself and prevent her beloved beasts from being used as tools of war? Or is there no way of escaping the terrible battles to come?

A Japanese fantasy translated in English, this YA makes for an immersive, culturally alive read. Elin is a compassionate, kind protagonist who must choose between responsibility and that what she feels is right, and her world is authentic and rich in detail.

The fantastical, imaginative beasts of this book are sure to evoke fondness in all readers and make them think about the human tyranny over the natural world.

Author: Nahoko Uehashi

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