Welcome back everyone, and welcome to my stop on the tour for The Keeper of Night by debut author Kylie Lee Baker. I am very excited to be a stop on the tour for this dark and emotional fantasy story about what one will do to be accepted and belong. I adore stories steeped in Japanese folklore, and this book definitely delivers. So let’s get started!
The Keeper of Night
Kylie Lee Baker
On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Ages 13 And Up
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Julie Kagawa meets Scythe in this captivating and evocative journey into Death’s domain as one soul collector seeks her place in the underworld of 1890s Japan. Book 1 of a planned
Death is her destiny. Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough yearns for the acceptance she
has never found among the Reapers who raised her. When the Shinigami powers she can no longer hide force her to flee for her life, Ren and her younger brother—the only being on earth
to care for her—travel to Japan and the dark underworld of Yomi, where Ren hopes to claim her place among the Shinigami and finally belong. But the Goddess of Death is no more welcoming than the Reapers who raised her, and Ren
finds herself set on an impossible task—find and kill three yokai demons, and maybe, just maybe, she can earn a place in Death’s service. With only her brother and an untrustworthy new
ally by her side, Ren will learn how far she’ll go to win the acceptance she craves, and whether the cost of belonging is worth any sacrifice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kylie Lee Baker grew up in Boston and has since lived in Atlanta, Salamanca, and Seoul. Her writing is informed by her heritage (Japanese, Chinese, and Irish), as well as her experiences living abroad as both a student and teacher. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Spanish from Emory University and is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science degree at Simmons University. In her free time, she watches horror movies, plays the cello, and bakes too many cookies. The Keeper of Night is her debut novel.
My Review- I was immediately drawn to the description of this book because the main characters are Reapers, beings who collect souls for Death, and because it is richly steeped in Japanese folklore and spirits. Both of which are components that I love in a dark fantasy story. We immediately meet our MC, Ren, who is half British Reaper and half Japanese Shinigami, and her half brother Neven, who is full Reaper. We quickly learn that Ren doesn’t feel a sense of belonging in England, especially with the bullying she endures from the High Reapers. Under dire circumstances Ren escapes to Japan to find the answers she’s been looking for. The plot was so well written, it kept me invested the entire book. The incorporation of Japanese folklore was incredibly well done, and super creepy (which I loved). There was some incredible character growth, and some twists that I never saw coming. I gave this book four stars and am incredibly excited for the sequel and finale to the duology to release.
Thank you to Inkyard Press for the chance to read and review The Keeper of The Night. If you want to know where you can buy the book or follow the author then click any of the links below.
Author website: https://www.kylieleebaker.com/
Porter Square Books: https://www.portersquarebooks.com/signed/signed-keeper-night-hardcover
Indie Bound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781335405661
Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!