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Book of Night (Hardcover)

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Charlie Hall is an ex-thief and con-artist attempting to make a quiet and honest living and support her younger sister. However, when dangerous strangers come looking for her at her bartending gig, she finds herself entangled in the dangers of her past life and fighting to survive and protect those she loves. A gritty urban fantasy of shadow magic and the seedy underbelly of the Berkshires, threaded through with a delicate, almost tender sense of longing, and ending that will leave you absolutely reeling -- Holly Black’s rich writing and atmospheric world-building translates wonderfully into the urban fantasy genre. BOOK OF NIGHT does not disappoint, nor does it pull its punches. --KelleyAnn

Perfect for fans of shadowy thieves and secret societies, BOOK OF NIGHT is the alluring adult fantasy debut of Holly Black. BOOK OF NIGHT follows Charlie Hall as she attempts to live a normal life. Formerly a shadow thief, she is reluctantly brought back into her past life. Her challenges are only thwarted by her moral compass, bringing her darker into the fold. Brilliantly paced and indulgent in every aspect, this fantastic world is filled with mystery and surprising twist after twist, bringing the reader into this common world with not-so-common details. This story is a prime example of Holly Black, with a deliciously dark and gritty edge.

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“Holly Black’s adult fantasy debut is as chilling, dark, and action-packed as you’d expect. The world of shadow magic is fascinating, the story is an absolute page-turner, and Charlie is messy, clever, and completely relatable.”
— Olivia Marchese, Author's Note, Medina, NY


"A delicious, dark, adrenaline rush of a book. I'm already dying to see Charlie Hall's next con." - New York Times bestselling author, Alix E. Harrow

#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black makes her stunning adult debut with Book of Night, a modern dark fantasy of betrayals, secret societies, and a dissolute thief of shadows, in the vein of Neil Gaiman and Erin Morgenstern.

Charlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t pick, a book she couldn’t steal, or a bad decision she wouldn’t make.

She's spent half her life working for gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to peer into locked rooms, strangle people in their beds, or worse. Gloamists guard their secrets greedily, creating an underground economy of grimoires. And to rob their fellow magicians, they need Charlie Hall.

Now, she’s trying to distance herself from past mistakes, but getting out isn’t easy. Bartending at a dive, she’s still entirely too close to the corrupt underbelly of the Berkshires. Not to mention that her sister Posey is desperate for magic, and that Charlie's shadowless, and possibly soulless, boyfriend has been hiding things from her. When a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie descends into a maelstrom of murder and lies.

Determined to survive, she’s up against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, gloamists, and the people she loves best in the world—all trying to steal a secret that will give them vast and terrible power.

About the Author

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of speculative and fantasy novels, short stories, and comics. She has sold over 26 million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into over 30 languages and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library. Book of Night is her adult fiction debut.

Praise For…

"Dark, strange, thick with mystery and twists—a story so believable in its magic, you'll be keeping one eye on your shadow as you turn the pages." — Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of Ninth House

"If Neil Gaiman channeled Stephen King, the result might be this book . . . scintillating prose, whiplash twists, and a voice of character that demands to be heard from again.” — James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Starless Crown

“Heart, soul, and a bit of kink—Book of Night is smart, decadent fun.”— Kelly Link, Pulitzer Prize Finalist

"A dark romp full of danger and shadows with a razor sharp heroine and vivid magic." — Zoraida Córdova, Nationally bestselling author of The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

"A deliciously clever page-turner." —Paolo Bacigalupi, New York Times Bestselling author of The Water Knife

"Book of Night delivers hot sex, a breathless plot, perfect characters, and some of the most gorgeous writing I've read in years, sharp as a razor blade, clear as a one-way glass." — Ellen Kushner, award-winning author of Swordspoint

"A delicious, dark, adrenaline rush of a book. I'm already dying to see Charlie Hall's next con." - New York Times bestselling author, Alix E. Harrow

"A dark and glittering cocktail of a book, heady with glamour and seediness, deep magic and desperate grifters. Black's spiky, irresistible heroine will lead you like a will o' the wisp into the dark." — Melissa Albert New York Times Bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

"Holly Black is a master of fantasy with the Midas touch--there is no story she cannot turn to gold." — V.E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

"A gripping ride from start to finish. Book of Night invites you to reckon with the shadows of your past." — Olivie Blake, author of The Atlas Six

“Black is a master at world-building.” — The New York Times

Praise for The Cruel Prince:

“Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book…. This delicious story will seduce you and leave you desperate for just one more page.” —Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and the Shadow and Bone trilogy

“I require book two immediately. Holly is the Faerie Queen.” —Victoria Aveyard, #1 bestselling author of the Red Queen series

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250812193
ISBN-10: 1250812194
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English