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Holly Black

Author of The Cruel Prince

166+ Works 83,694 Members 2,540 Reviews 175 Favorited

About the Author

Holly Black was born in West Long Branch, New Jersey on November 10, 1971. She graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey in 1994. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale was published in 2002 and was included in the American Library Association's Best Books for Young show more Adults. Her other works include The Spiderwick Chronicles written with Tony DiTerlizzi, Ironside, Poison Eaters and Other Stories, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Iron Trial (Magisteruim Book 1) and The Copper Gauntlet (Magisteruim Book 2) written with Cassandra Clare, and The Darkest Part of the Forest. Valiant won the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. She also won the Young-Adult Prize in the Indies Choice Book Awards 2015 for The Darkest Part of the Forest. Black and Clare's Magisterium Series has received both critical and popular acclaim appearing on numerous bestseller lists including The New York Times bestseller list in the Young Adult category. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Wrote the Spiderwick Chronicles, which were illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. Do not combine this page with Mr. DiTerlizzi's author page, or with any of the various pages that are in both their names. Thank you.

Series

Works by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (2018) 7,815 copies, 199 reviews
Tithe (2002) 5,813 copies, 202 reviews
The Field Guide (2003) — Author — 5,060 copies, 112 reviews
The Wicked King (2019) 4,938 copies, 121 reviews
The Queen of Nothing (2019) — Author — 4,241 copies, 98 reviews
The Seeing Stone (2003) 3,906 copies, 49 reviews
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (2005) 3,444 copies, 103 reviews
Lucinda's Secret (2003) 3,226 copies, 36 reviews
The Ironwood Tree (2004) 3,107 copies, 32 reviews
Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale (2007) 3,055 copies, 65 reviews
The Wrath of Mulgarath (2004) 2,983 copies, 34 reviews
The Iron Trial (2014) 2,455 copies, 107 reviews
White Cat (2010) 2,431 copies, 197 reviews
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (2013) 2,275 copies, 176 reviews
Book of Night (2022) 2,202 copies, 43 reviews
The Darkest Part of the Forest (2015) 2,180 copies, 104 reviews
Doll Bones (2013) 2,151 copies, 134 reviews
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (2020) 1,567 copies, 22 reviews
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2003) — Author — 1,543 copies, 35 reviews
The Nixie's Song (2007) 1,426 copies, 23 reviews
Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010) — Editor — 1,319 copies, 90 reviews
The Copper Gauntlet (2015) 1,200 copies, 29 reviews
The Stolen Heir (2023) 1,190 copies, 23 reviews
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (2009) — Editor — 1,152 copies, 64 reviews
Red Glove (2011) 1,096 copies, 91 reviews
The Poison Eaters (2010) 842 copies, 50 reviews
The Bronze Key (2016) 793 copies, 15 reviews
Black Heart (2012) 782 copies, 48 reviews
A Giant Problem (2008) 761 copies, 9 reviews
The Good Neighbors, Book 1: Kin (2008) 624 copies, 62 reviews
The Silver Mask (2017) 617 copies, 12 reviews
The Wyrm King (2009) 555 copies, 5 reviews
Welcome to Bordertown (2011) — Editor; Contributor — 504 copies, 25 reviews
The Golden Tower (2018) 443 copies, 10 reviews
Goblins Attack (2006) 436 copies, 3 reviews
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Troll Trouble (2000) 423 copies, 2 reviews
The Prisoner's Throne (2024) 415 copies, 3 reviews
Care and Feeding of Sprites (2006) 360 copies, 10 reviews
The Lost Sisters (2018) 357 copies, 24 reviews
Notebook for Fantastical Observations (2005) 305 copies, 1 review
The Good Neighbors, Book 2: Kith (2009) 267 copies, 12 reviews
The Folk of the Air, Books 1-3 (2019) 247 copies, 1 review
The Good Neighbors, Book 3: Kind (2010) 189 copies, 9 reviews
Heart of the Moors (2019) 182 copies, 4 reviews
Lucifer Vol. 1: Cold Heaven (2016) — Author — 128 copies, 5 reviews
Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks (2018) 89 copies, 4 reviews
Lucifer Vol. 2: Father Lucifer (2017) 71 copies, 4 reviews
Lights Out (2014) 47 copies, 7 reviews
Shadow Unit 8 (2011) — Author — 41 copies, 1 review
The Field Guide / The Seeing Stone (2003) 39 copies, 2 reviews
The Curse Workers (2021) 25 copies
The Golden Boy 19 copies
Curse Workers 4 (2013) 10 copies
Magisterium, Books 1-4 (2017) 9 copies
Thief of Night 9 copies
Królowa niczego. Tom 3 (2022) 9 copies
The Good Neighbors: Kin; Kith; Kind (2018) 6 copies, 1 review
L'erede rapito (2023) 5 copies
Lucifer (2015-2017) #08 (2016) 4 copies
Lucifer (2015-2017) #07 (2016) 4 copies
Lucifer (2015-2017) #05 (2016) 3 copies
Not Alone 3 copies, 1 review
L'héritier trahi (2023) 2 copies
Lucifer (2015-2017) #01 (2015) 2 copies
Lucifer (2015-2017) #06 (2016) 2 copies
Lucifer (2015-2017) #10 (2016) 2 copies
The Dog King [short story] 2 copies, 1 review
Lucifer (2015-2017) #11 (2016) 2 copies
Lucifer (2015-2017) #12 (2016) 2 copies
Not for Humans 2 copies
Julma prinssi (2024) 1 copy
Dronningen af intet (2021) 1 copy
Miedziana rękawica (2016) 1 copy
Regina fără regat 1 copy, 1 review
Livro da Noite (2023) 1 copy
Hicligin Kralicesi (2021) 1 copy
Heartless 1 copy
Noble Rot 1 copy
Virgin 1 copy
Krutý princ (2022) 1 copy
Il finale. Magisterium (2021) 1 copy
Kara Yürek (2012) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm (2004) — Contributor — 1,033 copies, 15 reviews
My True Love Gave to Me (2014) — Contributor — 949 copies, 84 reviews
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (2011) — Contributor — 702 copies, 26 reviews
Naked City (2011) — Contributor — 654 copies, 45 reviews
Young Warriors: Stories of Strength (2005) — Contributor — 632 copies, 12 reviews
The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales (2007) — Contributor — 504 copies, 14 reviews
The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire (2009) — Contributor — 428 copies, 18 reviews
Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader (2013) — Contributor — 413 copies, 17 reviews
Rags & Bones (2013) — Contributor — 386 copies, 10 reviews
Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales (2009) — Contributor — 350 copies, 17 reviews
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (2012) — Contributor — 316 copies, 17 reviews
Teeth: Vampire Tales (2011) — Contributor — 306 copies, 15 reviews
21 Proms (2007) — Contributor — 305 copies, 10 reviews
Happily Ever After (2011) — Contributor — 303 copies, 3 reviews
Sympathy for the Devil (2010) — Contributor — 288 copies, 8 reviews
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contributor — 280 copies, 21 reviews
Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories (2014) — Contributor — 273 copies, 6 reviews
Press Start to Play (2015) — Contributor — 259 copies, 11 reviews
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales (2014) — Contributor — 257 copies, 13 reviews
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold (2016) — Contributor — 226 copies, 4 reviews
The Emerald Circus (2017) — Introduction — 224 copies, 14 reviews
Elric: The Sleeping Sorceress {Del Rey omnibus} (2008) — Foreword, some editions — 205 copies
The Urban Fantasy Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 203 copies, 3 reviews
The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural (2009) — Contributor — 202 copies, 13 reviews
A Flight of Angels (2011) — Author — 186 copies, 13 reviews
Wings of Fire (2010) — Contributor — 185 copies, 2 reviews
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection (2008) — Contributor — 168 copies, 5 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Two (2008) — Contributor — 168 copies, 4 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Five (2011) — Contributor — 149 copies, 4 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Three (2009) — Contributor — 144 copies, 2 reviews
Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011) — Contributor — 139 copies, 3 reviews
So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction (2007) — Contributor — 132 copies
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Four (2010) — Contributor — 128 copies, 2 reviews
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Contributor; Contributor — 123 copies, 6 reviews
Magic in the Mirrorstone: Tales of Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 116 copies, 2 reviews
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 107 copies, 4 reviews
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name (2009) — Contributor — 105 copies, 4 reviews
Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy (2014) — Contributor — 104 copies, 4 reviews
Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore (2017) — Contributor — 97 copies, 11 reviews
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) — Contributor — 92 copies, 6 reviews
Full Blooded Fantasy (2005) — Contributor — 90 copies, 1 review
Bewere the Night (2011) — Contributor — 79 copies, 1 review
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women (2015) — Contributor — 78 copies, 1 review
Full Moon City (2010) — Contributor — 77 copies, 4 reviews
Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top (2012) — Contributor — 68 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Nine (2015) — Contributor — 63 copies, 3 reviews
Doctor Who: 13 Doctors, 13 Stories (2019) — Contributor — 52 copies, 1 review
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2007) — Contributor — 48 copies, 1 review
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 Edition (2016) — Author — 46 copies, 4 reviews
The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera (2015) — Contributor — 45 copies, 1 review
Shadow Unit 7 (2011) 41 copies, 1 review
Bloody Fabulous (2012) — Contributor — 40 copies, 3 reviews
New York Fantastic: Fantasy Stories from the City that Never Sleeps (2017) — Contributor — 34 copies, 1 review
Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny (2013) — Contributor — 30 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 28 • September 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 13 copies, 1 review
Enchanted Living, #46 Spring 2019: Into Forest Issue (2019) — Interviewed — 2 copies, 1 review
Enchanted Living, #49 Winter 2019: The Hygge Issue (2019) — Contributor — 2 copies, 1 review

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Black, Holly
Other names
Riggenbach, Holly
Birthdate
1971-11-10
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Places of residence
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Education
College of New Jersey (B.A., English, 1994)
Rutgers University
Occupations
author (contemporary fantasy novels for children and teens)
Relationships
Clare, Cassandra (writing partner)
Black, Theo (husband)
Short biography
Black was born in West Long Branch, New Jersey[2] in 1971, and during her early years her family lived in a "decrepit Victorian house."[3] Black graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey in 1994. She worked as a production editor on medical journals including The Journal of Pain while studying at Rutgers University. She considered becoming a librarian as a backup career, but writing drew her away.
She married her high school sweetheart, Theo Black, himself an accomplished illustrator and web designer, in 1999.[2]
As of 2008, Black resides in Amherst, Massachusetts.[4]
Disambiguation notice
Wrote the Spiderwick Chronicles, which were illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. Do not combine this page with Mr. DiTerlizzi's author page, or with any of the various pages that are in both their names. Thank you.

Members

Reviews

So gloomy and depressive! Definitely not for young readers.
 
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Mama56 | 22 other reviews | Jul 10, 2024 |
I have mixed feelings about this book. I didn't like how it was really slow at the beginning and when the action started to happen it just felt a little rushed to me. However, the banter between characters and the characters themselves were amazing. I also LOVED the ending of this book. I love books that end in betrayal and this one was written perfectly in my opinion.
 
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sophiebun2 | 198 other reviews | Jul 9, 2024 |
I'm intrigued by the plot but annoyed by its devices.
 
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LaPhenix | 106 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
Though it started out a little bit gritty, I really enjoyed this book! If felt very similar to "Wicked Lovely" by Melissa Marr in the way that it pulls you into the fantasy world. I can't wait to read the sequels.
 
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LaPhenix | 201 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |

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Tony DiTerlizzi Illustrator
Cassandra Clare Contributor
Mark Hamill Narrator, Reader
Ted Naifeh Illustrator
Ellen Kushner Editor, Contributor
Emma Bull Contributor, Author
Elizabeth Bear Editor, Author
Lee Garbett Illustrator
Kyle Cassidy Illustrator
Kelly Link Contributor
Scott Westerfeld Contributor
Libba Bray Contributor
Garth Nix Contributor
David Levithan Contributor
Jane Yolen Contributor
Meg Cabot Contributor
Maureen Johnson Contributor
Carrie Ryan Contributor
Diana Peterfreund Contributor
Alaya Johnson Contributor
Kathleen Duey Contributor
Margo Lanagan Contributor
Naomi Novik Contributor
John Green Contributor
Bryan Lee O'Malley Illustrator
Barry Lyga Contributor
M. T. Anderson Contributor
Wendy Mass Contributor
Greg Leitich Smith Contributor
Hope Larson Illustrator
Sara Zarr Contributor
Liz Braswell Contributor
Lisa Yee Contributor
Alaya Dawn Johnson Contributor
Dylan Meconis Illustrator
Neil Gaiman Contributor
Steven Brust Contributor
Will Shetterly Contributor
Nalo Hopkinson Contributor
Cory Doctorow Contributor
Terri Windling Contributor
Delia Sherman Contributor
Sara Ryan Contributor
Charles de Lint Contributor
Tim Pratt Contributor
Amal El-Mohtar Contributor
Christopher Barzak Contributor
Janni Lee Simner Contributor
Dave Johnson Cover artist
Todd Klein Letterer
Eva Eskelinen Contributor
Cara McGee Contributor
Ru Xu Contributor
Haley Thurrott Contributor
Cathyrn Virginia Contributor
Marina Julia Illustrator
Nick Sumida Contributor
Savanna Ganucheau Illustrator
Carolyn Nowak Contributor
Gaby Epstein Illustrator
Jen Wang Author
Christine Norrie Illustrator
Anne Brauner Translator, Übersetzer, Übersetzer
Bertrand Ferrier Traduction, Translator
Ulla Lempinen Translator, (KÄÄnt.), (KääNt.)
Carlos Abreu Translator
Caitlin Kelly Narrator
Sammy Yuen Cover artist
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Fabienne Berganz Traduction
Paul Boehmer Narrator
Till Tamás Translator
Sean Freeman Cover artist
Karina Granda Cover designer
Sasha Illingworth Cover designer
Carla Wiberg Translator
Nick Podehl Narrator
Greg Spalenka Cover artist
M. Bastanzetti Translator
Uri Balsam Translator
Ineke Lenting Translator
Alexander Chaudret Cover artist
Whitney Lyle Cover designer
Jim Tierny Lettering
Christopher Stengel Cover designer
Michael O. Cover artist
Toby and Pete Cover artist
Eliza Wheeler Illustrator
Rovina Cai Illustrator
Ellen Grafton Narrator
Kate Rudd Narrator
Lottie Eriksson Translator
Inka Parpola Translator
Merel Leene Translator
Scott Fischer Illustrator
Theodor Black Illustrator
Sophie Dieuaide Traduction
Steve Stone Cover artist
Barrett Leddy Narrator
Kathleen Jennings Illustrator

Statistics

Works
166
Also by
59
Members
83,694
Popularity
#137
Rating
3.9
Reviews
2,540
ISBNs
1,334
Languages
25
Favorited
175

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