Being half British Reaper and half Japanese Shinigami, Ren has never felt like she fit in with her fellow Reapers in London. When she loses control of her Shinigami powers, Ren flees London with her half brother in order to start a new life in Japan, and hopefully find a place she can call home. Once there, she is forced to prove herself by killing three powerful Yokai demons. What follows is an adventurous tale filled with amazing culture and truly creepy demons. Will Ren prove herself worthy to stand at Death's side? This book is the perfect fall read, especially if you are looking for a fantasy novel that can give you those chilling, horror vibes. I'm looking forward to seeing how the author continues the story in the next book. — Cassidy Washburn
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.