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  1. Spencer Orey Spencer Orey says:

    Really cool Japanese YA fantasy about a society built around two kinds of magical creatures Perfect for anyone who loves animals or likes thinking about the place of animals in our livesThe first 30 pages are endless drama drama drama that made this seem like a high stakes but kind of generic YA fantasy I almost stopped readingThen it pivoted into a brilliant book about how humans relate to animals There's wonderful soaring writing about wild animals and animals in captivity and how caring for animals changes how animals relate to each other and to peopleThe political aspects of the book didn't land as well with me but even those added up to some mildly profound points I mostly looked forward to learning about the lives of magical animalsOne problem there's some uneven writing that may or may not exacerbated by the translation? The one thing that really grated on me was that there's a central mystery that's held away from the readers in a really unfair way for most of the book At one point the main character literally goes around explaining that mystery to other characters but the reader only gets to be included a lot later That really cheapened the story for me But not enough that I didn't love the animalsThere's also a really refreshing and insightful take on how we deal with rules and traditions of the past whether we can ever really trust animals and how to trust ourselvesI really hope this book does well enough that we can get some of this author's books translated into English

  2. Becca & The Books Becca & The Books says:

    I really can't convey how breathtakingly beautiful this story is This follows a young girl from the age of 10 to 18 as she learns about a world she spent most of her life sheltered from and the beasts who inhabit itIf you love Studio Ghibli you will love this bookIf you want a culturally rich young adult fantasy ripe with Japanese mythology you will love this bookIf you love animals you will love this book

  3. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    DNF at page 20Clenched fists Expositional dialogue Hazy worldbuilding Pass

  4. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    Part of my never ending uest to catch up on backlist ARCsI'm stoked to get into this one An English translation of the seuel is set to release on July 28th Hopefully I can get to this before thenThank you to the publisher Henry Holt and Co BYR for providing me with a copy to read and review

  5. Rachel Rachel says:

    The thing that all creatures share in is not love It is fearThis is one of those books that broke all the rules and somehow made magic For a fantasy novel it is character based than your usual sword and dragon novel Beast Player begins with a prologue that I don't think was really a prologue I have certain expectations for prologue that it will divulge pertinent world building or take place years before the actual story events or it will feature a narrator who only appears in the novel this one time The Beast Player prologue didn't uite meet those expectationsThe prologue was just the inciting incident the beginning of how Elin's life would forever change After the prologue we roll right into the next scene which happens only days later We also switch narrators This was one of the few books that I've read with a third person omniscient POV that felt needed and I could actually follow especially considering how uickly POV shifted at times For an adult novel the majority of it follows Elin as a child and her various lessons on creatures and their care It involves lengthy lessons on beekeeping which by some miracle the author made not boring I think the benefit of giving us so much history on Elin and the characters surrounding her is that I actually cared when something bad happened to them I teared up several times reading this This also had phenomenal world building and not just about the world's history rules and government but about the day to day How education was managed expectations of the certain classes and the details on creature care As we have watched Elin's growth from age ten into her twenties we can see all the lessons she has learned and how the things she has seen in her young life culminate to make her story Up until the end I was prepared to give this an unuestionable five stars But the ending left me wanting Sort of like eating the best meal of your entire life and then finding a hair on the plate after your last bite I'm not saying it was a mistake As a character story I can see why the author chose to end it the way she did but I personally would have preferred a little closure

  6. Jaanaki Jaanaki says:

    The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi is a fantasy tale translated from the Japanese version with a very different kind of world building and storyline alsoThe original was titled Kimona No Soja and published as four volumes from 2006 to 2009The series was so popular that it has been adapted into a Manga version and also an anime series on Japanese TelevisionNahoko Uehashi is in fact a famous teen fiction writer in Japan and is also famous for the Moriboto series of booksThis is a world where huge serpents called the Toda are trained for battle by the Aluhan who use them to defend the borders of the country ruled by the Yojeh divine GoddessThe Yojeh are in turn protected by the huge magnificent golden royal beasts who can fly in the sky and whose natural prey are the TodaIt is a world where humans fight their wars using these fierce animals without realizing the harm caused to the animalsErinthe heroine is orphaned at a very young age and she has a heart filled with compassion for these animalsShe is the only one who can communicate with the beasts and this gift makes her get caught in the murky waters of state politicsThis is a very beautiful book with writing that just flows like a smooth streampeaceful and calmThe natural descriptions were really wonderful including two or three chapters on beesI loved the heroine Erin who is exceptionally uiet and looks at the world with different eyesShe is innately curious and wants to know everything about the animals she comes acrossThere is a lot of discussion about using creatures who are meant to be in the wild for their own selfish reasonsThe only thing I did not like was the abrupt endingIt was as though the story was left hanging MidwayRecommended for all fantasy lovers who are looking for something different🤩

  7. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    For those who like to read about animals andor dragonsPrintz Honor 2020Never heard of it but down to try

  8. Jay G Jay G says:

    Want to see bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review In this world giant water serpents called Toda are trained to fight in the royal army and protect the country's border The defending kingdom is protected by giant bird like creatures they call the Royal Beasts Neither country realizes the suffering they cause these animals A young girl named Elin is orphaned at the age of 10 when her mother a Toda stewardess is blamed when the group of Toda are found dead When Elin discovers she is able to communicate with the Royal Beasts she must decide who she can trust with this knowledge and who are actually enemies This isn't a bad book I just don't think it was my cup of tea I really struggled with this story and how it seemed to drag on and on I was annoyed that Elin continuously talked about a big catastrophe that happened with her people but we never found out what it was until the last few chapters of the book I did enjoy the relationship between Leelan and Elin and their dynamic

  9. Kaya Kaya says:

    oh my goshI seriously need to read tranlated books This was translated from the Japanese and I think the translator did a truly excellent job because I never really had any comprehension issues while listening Also a shoutout to the narrator because her audio performance was fantasticOkay okay The first 30 or so pages left me terrified There was no worldbuilding I had no idea what was going on and I wasn’t accustomed to the writing yet However this uickly unfolded into one of the most poignant beautifully crafted tales I’ve ever read This chronicles a young heroine as she learns her place in this world especially among two different species of magical beasttbf when do i know what’s going onElin is an amazing main character This is told in third person but in an almost omniscient way So we watch her grow and develop learn and study and uestion Her love and curiosity for these creatures was so potent it slipped off the pages and right into me I DON’T EVEN READ ANIMAL ESUE BOOKS I never had a horse phase So the connection I felt to both Elin and the Royal Beasts surprised meOn that note the dynamic between Leelan A Royal Beast and Elin made me tear up I can’t even begin to stress how perfectly done it was ALSO THE NICE OLD MAN WITH THE BEES I LOVED HIM Gosh the characterization in this was so very lovelylook i remember his name but i have NO idea how it’s spelled i’ll only embarrass us all if i tryA lot of people say this gives them Studio Ghibli vibes and I would totally agreeHonestly this book would make an incredible Ghibli film The extent of emotions is nearly indescribable but after finishing this I had a similar feeling as to when I watch Spirited Away Even the extended segment about the bees were just soemotionally rich SERIOUSLY IT’S ALL TOO GOOD FOR WORDSI also thought the addition of politics was very well done Sure the history and intricacies were both confusing and victims of the villain that is the Info Dump But I personally could forgive that because they weren’t the point This is a story of humanity and the lack of it It’s about the choices we’re forced to make and the choices we make for others I ended this feeling like I was soaring on wings with tears brimming my eyesI would honestly recommend going into this one mostly blind If you’re looking for a bloody fast paced fantasy then this probably isn’t for you But if you enjoy rich stories focusing on relationships and you enjoy Studio Ghibli then I’d highly suggest picking this one up I know this will for sure make my favorites of the year and is definitely an all time favorite now

  10. Femke (booksfemme) Femke (booksfemme) says:

    100% a new all time favourite will review properly later

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獣の奏者 1-2 [Download] ➾ 獣の奏者 1-2 Author Nahoko Uehashi – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In epic YA fantasy about a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts and the warring kingdom only she can saveElin's family has an important responsibility caring for the fearsome w In epic YA fantasy about a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts and the warring kingdom only she can saveElin'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 safetyAlone far from home Elin soon discovers that she can talk to both the terrifying water serpents and the majestic flying beasts that guard her ueen 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.

  • Paperback
  • 512 pages
  • 獣の奏者 1-2
  • Nahoko Uehashi
  • English
  • 06 October 2016
  • 9781782691679

About the Author: Nahoko Uehashi

Nahoko Uehashi is the author of ten books in the Moribito series which have sold than a million copies and won many major literary awards in her native Japan An associate professor at a Japanese university she has a PhD in cultural anthropology and studies indigenous peoples in Australia She lives near Tokyo Japan.