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"Some, such as Anubis, Dullahan, Xolotl, and Valkyrie are figures of legend, and then there is Pax.
The Narrator


Reaper is an English-language prose written in the tradition of the Japanese light novel. It is written by Ivan Navi, edited by Yosuke Imagawa, and illustrated by Kiyoichi.

The story follows Pax, a grim reaper on vacation as a human in order to get a better grasp of humanity. Things get a little out of hand when he meets Softi, a girl with an odd power. They quickly find themselves embroiled in a centuries-old magical conspiracy involving magicians, other reapers, and Life & Death.



  • Action Girl: Valdis and Nila.
  • Adult Fear: The boy went out to the snow to play. When his parents realized it everyone in the village went looking for him and they didn't find him in time.
  • Aerith and Bob: Pax and Valdis and Sofi.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate Life has planned out for the Cabal at the end
  • Anti-Magic: Lebanon, Kansas is said to be a place where magic doesn’t work well.
  • Big Eater: Valdis seems to be this.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: When Valdis ends up fighting a powered up Talbot.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Valdis has shades of this. She realizes that and pulls back admitting she has not right as she’s not a girlfriend and she’s being mean.
  • Cosmic Entity: Life and Death. They are the actual concepts who have chosen to look human but exist everywhere all at once. Life even admitting he was the first thing born in the Universe and that he would remain to watch the Universe die.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When you fight someone powered by Death it is to be expected.
  • Dawn of an Era: Talbot hopes bring about one with his Cabal in charge.
  • Divide and Conquer
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Played with.
    • Subverted in that most reapers are rather pleasant. Most reapers make an effort to be accommodating to the newly dead to make the process of moving on as easy as possible.
    • Played straight with some reapers such as the actual Grim Reaper who other reapers are weary of.
    • Death is actually rather polite and kind if a bit snarky. She truly cares about her reapers and those who die. She even has a loving relationship with Life who calls her Deatz.
  • Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age: Valdis carries a sword she got from a hero. It’s a Xiphos sword, a type of sword used by Ancient Greeks.
  • Elite Mooks: The Cabal has some powerful magicians doing a lot of grunt work.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Life dishes one out, even admitting that Death would be kinder to the Cabal and just kill them.
  • A Friend in Need: Valdis and Pax go a long way for their friends. Other reapers are hinted to do the same.
  • Functional Magic: There are those with Inherent Gift. Rule magic is alluded to. Force magic is hinted at with the ley lines. There are some examples of device magic. Theurgy magic is played with in how they bind Death. Life is hinted to have some connection to wild magic.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Pax tries this against an angry magician.
  • Happily Married: Life and Death seem to truly love each other even after being married for literally for centuries.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Valdis vs. Death powered Talbot
  • Hot for Student: Valdis trained Pax and has a crush on him.
  • Ideal Hero: Pax certainly think Valdis is.
  • Irony: The narrator feels they have to point it out once.
  • Kiss of Death: The narrator plays with it, confusing it as an actual kiss from Death for a moment.
  • Kiss of Life: Valdis gives on to Pax to save him. Using up some of her power to keep his soul from moving on and reconnecting to his body.
    • The narrator confuses this as an actual kiss from Life for a moment.
  • Language Barrier: Averted, reapers naturally speak and understand every language.
  • Lemony Narrator: The narrator certainly has strong shades of this. Noting that they lost track of their metaphor, pointing out the irony of the situation, and his own frustration in a character’s actions.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Valdis is a fun-loving reaper but if you hurt any of her friends she will do everything in her power to hurt you.
  • Opposites Attract: Life and Death. Can't get more literal.
  • Meaningful Name: Pax is Latin for peace which Pax helps provide the newly dead. Valdis is an Icelandic name derived from Old Norse words valr “the dead” and dis “goddess” which is fitting for a reaper.
  • Mundane Utility: The reaper’s ability to speak any language. The wallet provides to Pax that allows him to make money and identification.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: Can even happen with reapers.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Pax is worried saving Sofi might end up like this.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Talbot battle strategy when he as the power to back it.
  • People Jars: There is one for a soul.
  • Psychic Children: Sofi has had her power since she was really young.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sofi and Life both point out the flaws in Talbot’s plan and personality.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Cabal didn’t account for Pax showing up.
  • Soul Power: Souls can be used to power powerful spells.
  • True Sight: Sofi can look past spells the appearance beings chose to appear as.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Life and Death fit this trope.
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Weirdness Censor: The narrator says that most people will just ignore the global magical events and come up with mundane explanations.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: It doesn’t take Talbot long once he has Death’s powers
  • Younger Than They Look: The reapers, some of the magicians and Life and Death.

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