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Book of Night Paperback – Import, 2 February 2023
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'Dark, strange, thick with mystery and twists Book of Night is everything delicious and frightening I've come to expect from Holly Black.' Leigh Bardugo, Sunday Times bestselling author of Ninth House
'Black is a master at world-building.' The New York Times Book Review
#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black makes her stunning adult debut with Book of Night, a modern dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and secret societies.
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.
Now, she's trying to distance herself from past mistakes, but going straight 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 her shadowless and possibly soulless boyfriend has been keeping secrets from her. When a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie descends back into a maelstrom of murder and lies. Determined to survive, she's up against a cast of doppelgängers, mercurial billionaires, gloamists, and the people she loves best in the world - all trying to steal a secret that will allow them control of the shadow world and more.
'I will never forget my first time reading Holly Black . . . Such a beautiful writer.' Daisy Johnson, Man Booker Prize finalist and author of Sisters
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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, Sunday Times bestselling author of Ninth House
If Neil Gaiman channelled 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
Holly Black is a master of fantasy with the Midas touch -- there is no story she cannot turn to gold. ― V.E. Schwab, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Superb, entangling magic and mystery around the gritty horrors of human nature, neglectful parenting and the scourge of severe income inequalities . . . Will have you frantically turning pages and finishing in less time than you thought possible. Everything you could want from a modern fantasy. ― SFX
A gripping ride from start to finish. Book of Night invites you to reckon with the shadows of your past. ― Olivie Blake, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Atlas Six
Fuelled by Holly Black's wonderfully limitless imagination, Book of Night is a whip-smart and mysterious novel ― CultureFly
Heart, soul, and a bit of kink -- Book of Night is smart, decadent fun. ― Kelly Link, Pulitzer Prize Finalist
A delicious, dark, adrenaline rush of a book. I'm already dying to see Charlie Hall's next con. ― Alix E. Harrow, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Once and Future Witches
A deliciously clever page-turner. ― Paolo Bacigalupi, New York Times Bestselling author of The Water Knife
A dark romp full of danger and shadows with a razor-sharp heroine and vivid magic. ― Zoraida Córdova, bestselling author of The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina
Black is a master at world-building. ― The New York Times
The many mysteries keep the suspense sizzling as Charlie guides readers through this slippery world. Black's adult fans and readers looking for dark urban fantasy will be thrilled. ― Publishers Weekly
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
...[T]he story builds to an exciting climax that will certainly leave you crossing your fingers for a sequel. ― Paste Magazine
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- Publisher : Penguin (Cornerstone) (2 February 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529102391
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529102390
- Item Weight : 280 g
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 3.4 x 19.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #147,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,622 in Mysteries (Books)
- #3,878 in Crime Fiction (Books)
- #6,293 in Fantasy (Books)
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Very interesting idea but the author just tries too hard to make it bleak.
Like a lot of new urban fantasy, there is a strong female lead (not a bad thing) but there is little or no humour and an ever increasing downward spiral.
I can fully understand people loving this book but it's not for me.
This took me FOREVER to read and I don’t know why because I thought it was really great. I started this when I was on holiday and didn’t have much time to read it when I got back because I have been working so much, and I really think that this prevented me from enjoying it as much as I would have had I not been working. It meant that I struggled to understand a lot of it, particularly about the shadows concept, and I often forgot important small details. Saying that, the concept was very interesting - I definitely have not read a book like this before and I loved Charlie as a main character. She had experienced a lot of trauma in her life and I think Holly Black did an incredible job of showing how she dealt with this.
I think if I’d had the time to dive into this properly then I would’ve ended up rating it 5 stars because there is nothing I can say I didn’t like about it! Definitely my favourite book that I’ve read by Holly Black so far!
I loved Holly Blacks other books but I found this one took almost 100 pages to get in to but once I did it was epic!