Book of Night
by Black, Holly

In a world where shadows have feelings and memories and can be altered, a low-level con artist/bartender is pitted against doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves and her own sister while trying to keep out of trouble. 400,000 first printing.

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.

Charlie Hall is used to keeping to the shadows, but in her world, shadows can be just as frightening as they seem. Gloamists, magic workers who use shadows for strange and often sinister spells, have started to grow their craft from an underground rumor to a cultlike phenomenon. People like Charlie's sister, Posey, hope their own shadows will quicken so they might perform shadow magic themselves. Charlie, once a talented thief who helped gloamists steal one another's secrets, knows exactly how dark this underworld can get, and she wants everyone she loves out of that game. But her boyfriend has no shadow and a few too many secrets, Posey's getting in over her head, and Charlie's old boss keeps visiting her at the bar where she works, bringing her old life uncomfortably close to her new one. Veteran children's author Black makes her adult-fiction debut with a slow-burn narrative that slinks across the page, entrancing and unsettling readers at turns. Careful plotting gives way to a powder-keg ending, so prepare for inevitable sequels.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Black is a Newbery Honor recipient (Doll Bones, 2013) and a #1 NYT best-seller (The Wicked King, 2019) who's amassed adult readers in addition to teen fans for her dark fantasies. They'll be eager to get their hands on this edgy new venture. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

A former thief who specialized in stealing magical documents is forced back into her old habits in Black's adult debut. Charlie Hall used to work as a thief, stealing for and from magicians-or rather, "gloamists." In this world, gloamists are people with magical shadows that are alive, gaining strength from the gloamists' own blood. A gloamist can learn to manipulate the magic of their shadow, doing everything from changing how it looks to using it to steal, possess a person, or even murder. Gloamists hire nonmagical people like Charlie to steal precious and rare magical documents written by their kind throughout history and detailing their research and experiments in shadow magic. Gloamists can use onyx to keep each other from sending shadows to steal these treasures, but onyx won't stop regular humans from old-fashioned breaking and entering. After Charlie's talent for crime gets her into too much trouble, she swears off her old career and tries to settle down with her sensible boyfriend, Vince-but when she finds a dead man in an alley and notices that even his shadow has been ripped to pieces, she can't help trying to figure out who he was and why he met such a gruesome end. Before she knows it, Charlie is forced back into a life of lies and danger, using her skills as a thief to find a book that could unleash the full and terrifying power of the shadow world. Black is a veteran fantasy writer, which shows in the opening pages as she neatly and easily guides the reader through the engrossing world of gloamists, magical shadows, and Charlie's brand of criminality. There's a lot of flipping back and forth between the past and the present, and though both timelines are well plotted and suspenseful, the story leans a touch too hard on the flashbacks. Still, the mystery elements are well executed, as is Charlie's characterization, and the big twist at the end packs a satisfying punch. Hits the marks for spooky thrills and mysterious chills. Copyright Kirkus 2022 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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