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Title: The Empress of Time (The Keeper of Time, #2)
Author: Kylie Lee Baker
Format: eBook (NetGalley)
Publication Date: 10/3/22
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Publisher: Inkyard Press
Categories: Fantasy, Japanese Mythology, Young Adult, Paranormal
Disclaimer: **I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
Thank you to Inkyard Press for giving me a chance to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review!
In this riveting sequel to The Keeper of Night, a half Reaper, half Shinigami soul collector must defend her title as Japan’s Death Goddess from those who would see her—and all of Japan—destroyed.
Death is her dynasty.
Ren Scarborough is no longer the girl who was chased out of England—she is the Goddess of Death ruling Japan’s underworld. But Reapers have recently been spotted in Japan, and it’s only a matter of time before Ivy, now Britain’s Death Goddess, comes to claim her revenge.
Ren’s last hope is to appeal to the god of storms and seas, who can turn the tides to send Ivy’s ship away from Japan’s shores. But he’ll only help Ren if she finds a sword lost thousands of years ago—an impossible demand.
Together with the moon god Tsukuyomi, Ren ventures across the country in a race against time. As her journey thrusts her in the middle of scheming gods and dangerous Yokai demons, Ren will have to learn who she can truly trust—and the fate of Japan hangs in the balance.
Content Warning: gore, violence
Book one of this duology, The Keeper of Time, was pretty memorable for me because it had Yokai, it had betrayal and gore and I usually don’t like gore but with a story that involved Reapers and Gods, I expected nothing less. I wanted more of the reapers and Gods and I definitely got it in this conclusion.
+ I love this world of British Reapers and Japanese Gods colliding. It’s gory, dark and violent and yet in the middle of the chaos is this love story but not a romantic one – the main love story in this book is the love between Ren and her brother Neven. It made me emotional because they went through such horrible things but they love one another so much they find their way back to one another.
+ Ren is chaos. She is a Death goddess now but still trying to prove yourself to the yokai and other gods. I love how she meets other gods and yokai in Japan and we learn their stories and mythology. But she has a lot of atoning to do from what happened at the end of book one and we find out she does it in the most destructible way ever…yet there is growth for her thank goodness!
+ I’m here for the darkness and there is lots of it. The world building is so dark, and I could vividly imagine everything described in this story even if it was grotesque! I also love the action even if it is gory.
~ There is a good ending with Ren and her brother, Neven. But there is no romantic happy ending with Ren and Tsukuyomi which is fine, because I still wasn’t over Ren and Hiro and how crazy they ended. Throwing Tsukuyomi in there – I wasn’t even sure the romance was needed but then it just made me feel sad at the end for both of them.
~ This book takes place 10 years after the first book…and it’s been centuries for Neven. But I’m not sure how I feel about the story taking place after so long. Maybe it was to show how tortured Ren has been after losing Hiro and Neven! She went through something bad and we get a taste of a very blood thirsty Ren.
Tropes: antihero, morally grey characters, sibling love
Why you should read it:
- if you liked book one and need to know what happens next, definitely read this one
- it’s dark, gory, and filled with Yokai and Japanese gods and godesses, Japanese mythology
- the love between Ren and Neven made me emotional at the end
Why you might not want to read it:
- it starts 10 years after the first book
- Ren is so morally grey at times you question her actions but she’s imperfect, which I like about her
This is an entertaining conclusion to a great duology that included Japanese mythology and monsters. I loved all the darkness and violence surrounding the sibling love between Ren and Neven. It was always going to be about the two of them even though it kind of made me sad that Ren didn’t end up having a romantic happily ever after of her own. This one is about family and what you give you and would do for them. Ren became her worst version of herself to try and bring her brother back. It was sad, very dark and gritty at times, but I’m glad they as siblings have a happy ending. I look forward to reading more from this author!
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About the Author:
Kylie Lee Baker is the author of The Keeper of Night. She 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.
Author website: https://www.kylieleebaker.com/
Twitter: @KylieYamashiro | Instagram: @kylieleebaker
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3 thoughts on “BLOG TOUR} The Empress of Time by. Kylie Lee Baker | ARC Review”
Wow great review! I’m glad to hear Ren and Neven’s sibling bond take the center stage in this one. Not sure about the romance, but I’m happy to hear they found their way back to each other!
Thanks! Yeah I love how Ren and Neven reunite!
Great review, Yolanda! I’m honestly a little on the fence about picking this one up because Ren is a character that I kinda struggled with and to learn she’s a lot more intense and bloodthirsty in this one, while not surprising, kinda weirdly puts me off? 😂 I loved her relationship with Neven though and I also loved his character SO MUCH in the first book—do we get a lot more of him in this? I’m glad to hear that their sib relationship had a happy ending tho.