An enthralling and sophisticated fantasy story from one of Japan’s most popular writers of teen fiction, which has been turned into a popular anime series
Erin’s family have an important responsibility: caring for the Toda, fearsome water serpents who form the core of their Lord’s army. So when a number of Toda mysteriously die, it is Erin’s mother who takes the blame, and the punishment - she is sentenced to death. Before she dies she manages to use an ancient, forbidden power to send Erin to safety - leaving her daughter alone, far from home but with the knowledge that both she and her mother are somehow different.
Soon, Erin finds she can talk to both the terrifying Toda and the majestic Royal Beasts, who protect the supreme queen of her realm. This knowledge gives her great power, but it also involves her in deadly plots and political gameplaying that she wants no part of. Can Erin save herself and prevent her beloved beasts from being used as tools of war, or is there no way of avoiding the terrible battles to come?
A popular anime series based on this book has been made, and is available online with English subtitles - Kemono no Soja
Translated into 6 languages: this is the first English translation
The Beast Player and its sequel have sold 3 million copies in Japan
Nahoko Uehashi won the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen award
The author is best known for her Morobito series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies and been translated into English
Publicity: Widespread US publicity outreach
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