Fantasy (Teen)

Review: The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker [ARC]

Disclaimer: I received an eARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I read this for the Gothtober Readathon, for the mythology prompt as part of #TeamHelHounds!

TW: death, racism, sexism, ableism, bullying, emotional neglect of a child, mentions of child abandonment [courtesy of the author]

My Review: What A Solid Debut!

The Pros: What Worked For Me

  • I loved the Japanese mythology that was central to this story. From Shinigami to other demons, I was enthralled!
  • The theme about identity resonated with me; Ren struggles throughout the story to find a place where she is accepted and I felt that deeply.
  • The sibling relationship was wonderfully developed. The author captures the complexities of it, without making it cheesy.

The Cons: What I Didn’t Like

  • I wasn’t a fan of the romance. The bond was formed too quickly for my liking and it progressed very rapidly at the very end.
  • I wanted more mythological immersion, with more demons being introduced!

Overall, this is a pretty solid debut with many positives. I can’t wait to read the sequel (and conclusion) to this engrossing series!

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