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!

The Keeper of Night (The Keeper of Night, #1) book cover

The Keeper of Night (The Keeper of Night, #1)

by Kylie Lee Baker

Published September 12, 2021 by Inkyard Press
Series: The Keeper of Night
ISBN: 1335405666

Data from Goodreads

Death is her destiny.

Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. Expected to obey the harsh hierarchy of the Reapers who despise her, Ren conceals her emotions and avoids her tormentors as best she can.

When her failure to control her Shinigami abilities drives Ren out of London, she flees to Japan to seek the acceptance she’s never gotten from her fellow Reapers. Accompanied by her younger brother, the only being on earth to care for her, Ren enters the Japanese underworld to serve the Goddess of Death… only to learn that here, too, she must prove herself worthy. Determined to earn respect, Ren accepts an impossible task—find and eliminate three dangerous Yokai demons—and learns how far she’ll go to claim her place at Death’s side.

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!

2 thoughts on “Review: The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker [ARC]

  1. The exploration of Ren’s identity and her struggles along with her relationship with her brother were what I loved as well about this one! Like you I wasn’t sold on the romance for the same reason – it was too instant and I think for me it felt completely unnecessary? But at the same time it kind of was, so I’m excited to see how the sequel will play out.

    I didn’t mind the less demons and mythology considering it’s a first book though, but I’m hoping (and assuming) there will be more in the sequel.

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