Book Review: 'Caged' by Scott Walker


5 stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a fun, interesting read! Author Scott Walker has built a fascinating world populated by Japanese mythological creatures who now roam the earth alongside humans due to a cataclysmic rift. The premise is interesting, the writing tight and the action fast-paced. I didn’t feel that any word in this book was wasted.

The protagonist is one Keiko Miller, an agent at the Los Angeles Bureau of Souls with kitsune (fox spirit) powers. She and the other characters are believable, and all too human despite their superhuman abilities. Props for setting the book in LA. It gives this police procedural grit and color.

The author included a glossary of Japanese words and spirits/gods which I found very helpful. The breadth of “yokai”—Japanese folklore entities—referred to in the book is bewildering. Fortunately, the glossary helped me to keep track.

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