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This story takes place in a land that resembles ancient Asia, where the natives, the Yakoo, and the immigrants that have taken over, the Yogo, live. The book's protagonist, Balsa, is a 30 year old female bodyguard-for-hire. She is well known to travelers and bandits alike for her breathtaking spear skills, and has lived most of her life side-by-side with death due to her career. This book starts out with Balsa jumping off a cliff to save a boy from plummeting to his death. When she brings the boy back, though, she finds out that he is, in fact, Chagum, the Emperor's second son! Balsa is escorted to the palace, and encounters Chagum's mother, who begs her to take Chagum and flee the capitol, where, according to her, Chagum's life is in danger. As Balsa travels with Chagum and fends off assassins, however, she starts to notice that a mystical, larger force is at their heels...
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I would reccommend this book to fans of action, adventure, and fanatsy, in any combination. It was an amazing read, and I hope that more of this series will be translated for more people to read.