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The Keeper of Night

The Keeper of Night

by Kylie Lee Baker

Narrated by Rebecca Yeo

Unabridged — 12 hours, 22 minutes

Kylie Lee Baker
The Keeper of Night

The Keeper of Night

by Kylie Lee Baker

Narrated by Rebecca Yeo

Unabridged — 12 hours, 22 minutes

Kylie Lee Baker

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Overview

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 who cares 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.


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Editorial Reviews

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"Sharp and seductive…a fantasy with teeth." —Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

"The Keeper of Night is an absolutely thrilling tale of one girl's search for identity and a sense of belonging. With its rich worldbuilding, high-stakes and well-drawn characters, Kylie Lee Baker has created a must-read tale." —June Hur, author of The Silence of Bones

"A triumphant debut, this thrilling fantasy tackles death, clad with a heroine unafraid to wrench a soul from the depths of a being and venture to the darkest of underworlds. A must for those in search of a place to call their own." —SLJ, starred review

"Dark, gruesome—and absolutely captivating." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Baker’s debut is atmospheric... A cliff-hanger ending will have readers anxiously awaiting the final title in this duology." —Booklist

"Baker’s vivid prose seamlessly blends Japanese mythology with a Victorian setting... An action-filled plot ensures that this debut rarely lags, and the relationship between Ren and Neven additionally infuses the duology opener with a core of warmth." —Publishers Weekly

"With themes of belonging, identity, family, and love, The Keeper of Night is a wickedly delightful read that perfectly blends a rich historical setting with magic and mystery." —The Nerd Daily

"With thought-provoking themes, masterful plotting, and compelling characters, The Keeper of Night is an intriguing and consuming YA fantasy." —YA Books Central

School Library Journal

★ 11/01/2021

Gr 8 Up—A Reaper of London, a servant of death, Ren's duty is gathering human souls; she's aware of her place, below the High Reapers. Since Ren is both Japanese and British, she looks different than other British Reapers. She is a Shinigami (Japanese Reaper) who can control light. Her own father, though part of the High Council, fails to recognize her. Unable to control her light, she scorches the eyes of the High Reapers who mockingly call her "Half-Breed." Her only solace is her kind stepbrother Neven, who risks his life to journey with Ren to Japan. Baker has created a chillingly dark fantasy set in London and Japan during the 1800s, with elements of Japanese and European myths. Adding thrills, action, and a bit of scare, Baker makes good use of metaphors and similes with captivating language and depiction of scenery. The characters are equally interesting; the High Council is reminiscent of the Volturi and the London Reapers similar to the vampires from the Twilight saga. Ren is an undeniable heroine; though she is an outcast, forced to suppress her true emotions and seen as inferior in darkness, on the flip side, she is light—a formidable warrior ready to sacrifice her life for Neven. Ren risks it all to forge a rightful place where she is respected and accepted. VERDICT A triumphant debut, this thrilling fantasy tackles death, clad with a heroine unafraid to wrench a soul from the depths of a being and venture to the darkest of underworlds. A must for those in search of a place to call their own.—Suraya Jairam, Queens P.L., Hollis, NY

Kirkus Reviews

★ 2021-09-01
A young Reaper in the late 19th century must prove her worth by slaying dangerous Japanese spirits.

Ren Scarborough was born half British and half Japanese Reaper (the latter called Shinigami) but has been living and collecting souls in London, England, for as long as she can remember. Her black hair and eyes make her stand out, leading other British Reapers to bully and abuse her. One day, her Shinigami powers—she can control light—rage out of control, forcing her to flee to Japan accompanied by the only individual who ever cared about her: Neven, her younger half brother. Seeking acceptance and a home, Ren and Neven descend into Yomi, the Japanese underworld. She is met there with resistance due to her foreign looks and must prove her worth. Aided by a handsome, exiled Shinigami who has a club foot, Ren must complete a near-impossible task by killing three murderous Yokai, or spirits, to earn her right to be accepted as a Shinigami. This dark historical fantasy seamlessly weaves Japanese folklore and magic into its storyline. Perfectly paced, it is filled with action, horrific death, mysterious motives, and raw emotions. Ren is complex and morally gray as she fights her way through a world of death and monsters. The story also touches on racism, ableism, self-acceptance, and finding one’s place in the world. The descriptive writing builds a highly immersive world for this duology opener.

Dark, gruesome—and absolutely captivating. (Historical fantasy. 13-18)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940172933028
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 10/12/2021
Series: The Keeper of Night , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,158,952

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