The Beast Player
Nahoko Uehashi, translated by by Cathy Hirano
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“The Beast Player is wonderful. It’s a kind of middle grade teen fantasy set in an imaginary, medieval Japanese world. In a way, the book could be called The Beast Tamer, because it’s about a young girl who learns to control these beasts, these Toda. The author, Nahoko Uehashi, studied anthropology. She’s able to imagine this world, the rules and the etiquette and what they do. Everything feels incredibly well developed. It’s a long book, 500+ pages.” Read more...
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