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The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker
Young adult

The Keeper of Night


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by Kylie Lee Baker

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

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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.

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Why I love it

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.

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Member ratings (10,770)

  • Hayleigh W.

    Memphis, TN

    I haven’t read a young adult fantasy literally since the Twilight series came out… BUT LET ME TELL YOU, THIS BOOK ROCKED! So much thought went into crafting the universe and I loved every second of it

  • Gianna M.

    Lancaster, PA

    What an epic! Ren’s journey truly reads like a myth + the world of death that the author created was magical, scary, +amazing. Every character is complex and I wasn’t ready to leave it when it ended

  • Katee A.

    Greenwood, IN

    Out of my realm of usual reads, but I’m glad I took a chance on this one! I wasn’t obsessed with how the ending spiraled so quickly, but the rest of the book made up for it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Shiloh G.

    Boise, ID

    A whirlwind adventure with a touch of romance that doesn’t completely overtake the plot. The darkness hung beautifully over the whole storyline and becomes a main character all of its own by the end.

  • Zoie M.

    Riverside, CA

    This book is amazing, even if it broke my heart the whole way through. I could not read it fast enough, I had to go back because my eyes were going faster than I could read. I must find book 2 now ????