Book Review: Book of Night by Holly Black


Title: Book of Night

By: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 304

Release Date: May 3rd, 2022

Publisher: Tor Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences—but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings—and memories—but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden—a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms. And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. She gets by doing odd jobs for her patrons and the naive new money in her town at the edge of the Berkshires. But when a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie’s present life is thrown into chaos, and her future seems at best, unclear—and at worst, non-existent. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgängers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister—all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.


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This book brought me to places I didn't think Holly Black was able to take me. Although, this book felt like two in one, I still enjoyed it.

The concept of shadows being a person's soul holder of sorts was what drew me to this book, but it felt like that storyline took a backseat to the main character Charlie's thieving habits and the poor choices she made as a kid. Don't get me wrong, I loved Charlie and I loved her backstory. That could have been the book on its own, but that's also not Holly Black's style of writing. She has a wonderful Fantasy/Paranormal writing voice that I love. It just didn't come through as much as I had wanted.

This was still an incredible read and I wouldn't take any of it back. Still love Holy Black and will always be a fan.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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