Holly Black, the author known for her hit middle-grade fantasy series with Tony DiTerlizzi, The Spiderwick Chronicles, is making her adult fiction debut next year.
Tor Books will publish Black’s Book of Night in 2022, the press announced in a news release.
The novel follows Charlie, a bartender and con artist, who lives in a world where shadows can be manipulated for nefarious purposes. Her life is thrown into disarray when a figure from her past makes an unexpected reappearance.
“I am thrilled to be working with [Tor senior editor] Miriam Weinberg, who I’ve known and admired for many years, and everyone at Tor, on Book of Night,” Black said in a statement. “The book introduces us to a thief and con artist with a messy personal life and a compulsion for disaster, Charlie Hall. Her world seems familiar—but beware the shadows, where magic can be used…or used against you.”
Weinberg praised Black, saying, “As every right-thinking book lover, I’ve long been a fan of Holly Black and her brilliant, slightly twisted fantasy series.”
Book of Night is scheduled for publication on May 3, 2022.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.