A few years ago, I saw Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. I fell in love with it. The animation was amazing, the music incredible, the story unique, and the characters were well-developed. I fell in love with the main character Balsa. I thought she was so strong and courageous. Everything about that anime made me a fan of its world. It wasn't until a few years later I discovered it was originally a novel. Well, I finally got around to reading said novel and let me tell you I was not disappointed.
In fact, I was completely blown away! Once I finished reading the novel, I realized that the anime was faithful to the book! There was not a single thing left out. I was impressed. It's not often when an adaptation is extremely faithful to the source material. So, as you may have guessed, I love this book! Since everything is the same from the anime, the book just added that much more love that I already felt for this story.
Obviously, I cannot talk about the author's, Nahoko Uehashi, writing style since it was originally in Japanese and I read the English version. However, it was translated by Cathy Hirano and I think she did a great job. The writing didn't seem clunky to me one bit. The story flowed quite smoothly and the glossary added to the back of the book definitely helped.
If you like fantasy, strong characters, and if you saw the anime and are wondering what the original story is like, then I highly recommend you read this book. It's a lot of fun and interesting diving into this magical world!