i received a copy of keeper of the night from the publisher (via netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.

keeper of the night review

i had such high expectations going into keeper of the night. a japanese inspired fantasy novel? sign me up!

while i still enjoyed this book, it fell short of my expectations.

my biggest issue with keeper of the night was the characters. i spent over half of the book not liking or forming attachments to anyone. towards the end, things got better and i began to build trust with out protagonist. i just wish it had happened sooner.

the plot was non stop. there was always something going on. unfortunately, i wasn’t a fan of the writing style. a lot of the mythology and folklore was briefly skimmed over. as someone with little to no experience with japanese mythology, it made it difficult to follow along with the book. it would’ve made things easier if there was a guide at the back for all the japanese terms.

while i did learn a lot towards the end, it wasn’t an easy experience. (i guess this is my fault for not being more educated in japanese folklore, and i expect my next book of similar inspiration will be easier for me to enjoy).

i’ll be keeping an eye out for the next book in this series, as i’m keen to see where the book will go next.

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