The Keeper of Night (Hardcover)

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“The world of soul collecting and the mythic monsters that rule the night are brought vividly to life in this debut by Kylie Lee Baker. Ren is a child of two disparate cultures of magic and mystery, but both worlds view her as an outsider. In a tale of haunting suspense, she must battle a host of demons and Death itself to prove her right to exist. Edge of your seat excitement.” - Brein Lopez, Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA

“What a vivid and chilling story! For the first time in my life, I was thrilled to be creeped out. Kylie Lee Baker has created this world based on Japanese mythology and it is terrifyingly good. Grab a flashlight, a blanket, and dive into this haunting tale.”  -Kim Brock, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

— From Indies Introduce - Top Ten Picks for 2021 Kids and Teen Book Debuts

November/December 2021 Kids Indie Next List

“This 1890s historical fantasy about a half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami soul collector is delightfully fresh, dark, thrilling, and immersive, seamlessly weaving magic, mythology, and adventure with a profound exploration of biracial identity, racism, belonging, resilience, and courage. Sequel now, please!”
— Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA


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

A girl of two worlds, accepted by none... A half Reaper, half Shinigami soul collector seeks her destiny in this haunting and compulsively readable dark fantasy duology set in 1890s Japan.

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.

Don't miss the must-read sequel coming in 2022

Product Details
ISBN: 9781335405661
ISBN-10: 1335405666
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Pages: 400
Language: English