Book of Night

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Charlie has a special skill: she’s an excellent thief. When she receives a visit from someone from her past, she takes a job searching for the woman’s missing boyfriend. In a world where gloamists manipulate shadows for their own twisted amusements, Charlie soon stumbles into a sticky situation that pulls her back into the world of shadow magic and after a dangerous book that threatens to give shadows new life.

The world of shadows shows Black’s knack for crafting our real world into something entirely original. The shadows have a layered role within the story as trends, sources of power, and even a threat. You find Charlie at the beginning having put this life of thievery behind her only to be immediately drawn back into it.

The relationship Charlie has with her sister Posey feels like a reflection of a genuine dynamic between sisters as while they don’t always agree they always watch out for each other. Charlie’s relationship with Vince adds romance and drama to the story and unravels secrets, feelings, and how deep their bond really goes.

Black is known for her unique style and Book of Night is no exception, with humor, danger, romance, sisterhood, complicated familial dynamics, and lots of shadows.

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Author Holly Black
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Tor/Forge
Publish Date 15-Aug-2023
ISBN 9781250812216 Buy this Book
Issue Trade
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy