Pinterest tracking pixel
If you are having difficulty navigating this website please contact us at or 1-877-236-8540.
Oops! The page didn’t load right. Please refresh and try again.
All booksYoung adultThe Keeper of Night
The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker
Young adult

The Keeper of Night

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Kylie Lee Baker, on your first book!

by Kylie Lee Baker

Quick take

Ren Scarborough is on a journey to impress the Goddess of Death in this riveting story of monsters, magic, and Reapers.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_International


  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Magical


  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Underdog


Why I love it

Rachael Burlette
BOTM Editorial Team

Young adult fantasy has always had a special place in my heart. When I was younger it was the first genre that truly captured my attention and made me fall in love with reading. Even now as an adult, I make space on my bookshelf for young adult fantasy writers that stand out. The Keeper of Night has certainly earned a spot on my shelf. Equal parts magical and terrifying, Kylie Lee Baker has created a world that I never want to leave.

Half-British Reaper and half-Japanese Shinigami, Ren has been collecting the souls of the dead for centuries in London, until one day, when she is forced to leave. With nowhere else to go, Ren flees to Japan with the help of her brother to become a Shinigami and serve the Goddess of Death in the Japanese underworld. Ren is not welcomed immediately, though. The Goddess presents her with an impossible task: Kill three Yokai demons. If Ren is successful, she can stay and finally become a true Shinigami. If she fails, it could mean leaving Japan forever—or worse, death.

The Keeper of Night is wonderfully written and I couldn’t stop turning the pages, eager to discover Ren’s fate. I loved exploring the Japanese underworld with Ren as she encountered demons, each scarier than the last. But this story is more than just a magical quest—it’s also about trying to find your place in the world and discovering how far you’re willing to go in order to fit in. With rich world-building and thoughtful characters, The Keeper of Night will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

Read less


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.

Read less


Get an early look from the first pages of The Keeper of Night.

Read a sample →

Member thoughts

All (9776)
All (9776)
Love (3844)
Like (4809)
Dislike (1123)
10154 ratings
  • 38% Love
  • 47% Like
  • 11% Dislike
    Young adult
    • As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow
    • The Downstairs Girl
    • These Violent Delights
    • Legendborn
    • Anna K Away
    • A Wilderness of Stars
    • Firekeeper's Daughter
    • Instructions for Dancing
    • The Boy in the Red Dress
    • Color Me In
    • Not So Pure and Simple
    • Throw Like a Girl
    • Frankly in Love
    • The Queen of Nothing
    • On the Come Up
    • Wayward Son
    • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
    • Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
    • Anna K
    • The Rest of the Story
    • The Red Scrolls of Magic
    • This Time Will Be Different
    • Patron Saints of Nothing
    • Yes No Maybe So
    • The Gilded Wolves
    • Permanent Record
    • Full Disclosure
    • Oasis
    • Where the World Ends
    • I Have No Secrets
    • Song of the Crimson Flower
    • When the Stars Lead to You
    • All the Bright Places
    • Saving Zoë
    • Hello Girls
    • Symptoms of a Heartbreak
    • All of Us with Wings
    • The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World
    • Past Perfect Life
    • There's Something About Sweetie
    • Again, But Better
    • Sky Without Stars
    • How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom
    • Night Music
    • Opposite of Always
    • Shout
    • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
    • The Deceivers
    • Enchantée
    • The Astonishing Color of After
    • Top Ten
    • Turtles All the Way Down
    • Little & Lion
    • A Million Junes
    • And We're Off
    • The Impossible Fortress
    • The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
    • You Will Know Me
    • The Sun Is Also a Star
    • Salt to the Sea
    • Bloodmarked
    • Foul Lady Fortune
    • I Must Betray You