Book of Night
"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.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In author Holly Black’s fantastical world, shadows are big business. They can be manipulated and altered for any reason—to reflect your aesthetic taste or to increase your power and influence. Charlie Hall grew up in the dangerous criminal underworld of those who exploit and harvest people’s shadows. She was darn good at it before she decided to go straight, but Charlie is sucked back into her past when she encounters a new form of magic—one far more horrifying than shadow trading. The wild and unpredictable twists that stem from Charlie’s chilling discovery had us totally hooked. YA fantasy vet Black’s first novel for adults is fast-paced and gloriously exciting. We particularly loved how the chaotic Charlie interacts with people in her life, giving us deeper insight into her fractured psyche. If you’re looking for a dark urban fantasy filled with mysterious magic and curious secrets, look no further.
Bestselling YA author Black (The Cruel Prince) conjures a dark world filled with crime, betrayal, and power in her atmospheric adult fantasy debut. Shadows are a valuable commodity to be manipulated, altered, traded, and experimented on and there are many dangerous players looking to harvest them. Growing up in this treacherous world, Charlie Hall learned the arts of conning and thievery from a young age, and there's no denying her skill. At 28, however, Charlie's determined to stay on the straight and narrow, using a bartending job to distract herself from the thrill of her old lifestyle. But when she reluctantly agrees to an odd job, a horrifying encounter reveals the return of a sinister individual from her past, plunging her into the dark underworld of shadow trading. Investigating its secrets leads her to discover a magic even darker than the shadows themselves. As the narrative shifts between past and present and the skeletons in Charlie's closet come to light, she must reckon with her dysfunctional childhood and with just how powerful shadows can be. 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.
Loved all of it.
Kept my interest, and I loved the end!
An absolute waste of precious time and money. I made it to page 72. The first book I have ever not finished. Terrible writing, plot and character building.