Holly Black Books

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Holly Black is a popular American author that has written novels for children and young adults. Born in 1971 in West Long Branch, New Jersey, she attended The College of New Jersey in the mid-90s, graduating with an English BA. During her stint at Rutgers University, she contributed her skills as a production editor to medical journals.

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Order of Modern Faerie Tales Series

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1 Tithe 2002 Description / Buy
2 Valiant 2005 Description / Buy
3 Ironside 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Spiderwick Chronicles Series with Tony DiTerlizzi

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1 The Field Guide (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2003 Description / Buy
2 The Seeing Stone (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2003 Description / Buy
3 Lucinda's Secret (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2003 Description / Buy
4 The Ironwood Tree (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2004 Description / Buy
5 The Wrath of Mulgarath ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Spiderwick Chronicles: Special Edition Of The Seeing Stone with Tony DiTerlizzi

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1 Goblins Attack (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2003 Description / Buy
2 Troll Trouble (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2003 Description / Buy
3 Great Escape (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles Series with Tony DiTerlizzi

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1 The Nixie's Song ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2007 Description / Buy
2 A Giant Problem ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2008 Description / Buy
3 The Wyrm King ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Good Neighbors Series

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1 Kin (Short Story) 2008 Description / Buy
2 Kith (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
3 Kind (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Curse Workers Series

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1 White Cat 2010 Description / Buy
2 Red Glove 2011 Description / Buy
3 Black Heart 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Magisterium Series with Cassandra Clare

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1 The Iron Trial 2014 Description / Buy
2 The Copper Gauntlet 2015 Description / Buy
3 The Bronze Key 2016 Description / Buy
4 The Silver Mask 2017 Description / Buy
5 The Golden Tower 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Lucifer, Volume II Series

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1 Lucifer, Volume 1: Cold Heaven (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
2 Lucifer, Volume 2: Father Lucifer (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
3 Lucifer, Volume 3: Blood in the Streets 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Folk Of The Air Series

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1 The Cruel Prince 2018 Description / Buy
2 The Lost Sisters 2018 Description / Buy
3 The Wicked King 2019 Description / Buy
4 The Queen of Nothing 2019 Description / Buy
5 How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories 2020 Description / Buy

Order of The Stolen Heir Duology Series

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1 The Stolen Heir 2023 Description / Buy
2 The Prisoner's Throne 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Holly Black Standalone Novels

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1 The Coldest Girl in Coldtown 2013 Description / Buy
2 Doll Bones 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Darkest Part of the Forest 2015 Description / Buy
4 Heart of the Moors 2019 Description / Buy
5 Book of Night 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Holly Black Short Story Collections

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1 The Poison Eaters and Other Stories 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Holly Black Graphic Novels with N.D. Stevenson

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1 Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks ( With: N.D. Stevenson) 2018 Description / Buy
2 Sir Morien: The Legend of a Knight of the Round Table (Short Story) ( With: Ebony Glenn, Kaliis Smith) 2023 Description / Buy

Order of The Spiderwick Chronicles - Companion Books Series with Tony DiTerlizzi

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1 Notebook for Fantastical Observations ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2005 Description / Buy
2 Spiderwick's Notebook for Fantastical Observations ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2005 Description / Buy
3 Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2005 Description / Buy
4 Care and Feeding of Sprites (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2006 Description / Buy
5 The Chronicles of Spiderwick (Short Story) ( With: Tony DiTerlizzi) 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Shadow Unit Series with Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, Steven Brust, Sarah Monette, Amanda Downum, Leah Bobet, Chelsea Polk, C.L. Polk

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1 Shadow Unit 1 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, Sarah Monette) 2011 Description / Buy
2 Shadow Unit 2 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Amanda Downum) 2011 Description / Buy
3 Shadow Unit 3 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear) 2011 Description / Buy
4 Shadow Unit 4 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Leah Bobet) 2011 Description / Buy
5 Shadow Unit 5 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear) 2011 Description / Buy
6 Shadow Unit 6 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, Leah Bobet) 2011 Description / Buy
7 Shadow Unit 7 ( With: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Chelsea Polk) 2011 Description / Buy
8 Shadow Unit 8 ( With: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear) 2011 Description / Buy
9 Shadow Unit 9 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, Amanda Downum, Leah Bobet) 2011 Description / Buy
10 Shadow Unit 10 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Leah Bobet) 2011 Description / Buy
11 Shadow Unit 11 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Leah Bobet, Chelsea Polk) 2012 Description / Buy
12 Shadow Unit 12 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Leah Bobet) 2012 Description / Buy
13 Shadow Unit 13 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, Leah Bobet, Chelsea Polk) 2013 Description / Buy
14 Shadow Unit 14 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, Leah Bobet) 2014 Description / Buy
15 Shadow Unit 15 ( By: Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Steven Brust, C.L. Polk) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Lumberjanes Series with Shannon Watters, Mariko Tamaki, N.D. Stevenson

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1 Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks ( With: N.D. Stevenson) 2018 Description / Buy
2 The Lumberjanes BEASTiary (Short Story) ( By: Mariko Tamaki) 2020 Description / Buy
3 Encyclopedia Lumberjanica: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Lumberjanes ( By: Shannon Watters) 2020 Description / Buy

Order of N.D. Stevenson Graphic Novels with N.D. Stevenson

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1 Nimona ( By: N.D. Stevenson) 2015 Description / Buy
2 Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks ( With: N.D. Stevenson) 2018 Description / Buy
3 The Fire Never Goes Out ( By: N.D. Stevenson) 2020 Description / Buy

Holly Black Anthologies

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1 The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm 2004 Description / Buy
2 Full-Blooded Fantasy 2005 Description / Buy
3 Young Warriors: Stories of Strength 2005 Description / Buy
4 Swashbuckling Fantasy 2006 Description / Buy
5 The Restless Dead 2007 Description / Buy
6 The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales 2007 Description / Buy
7 So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction 2007 Description / Buy
8 Magic in the Mirrorstone 2008 Description / Buy
9 Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year's Gay Speculative Fiction 2008 Description / Buy
10 The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire 2008 Description / Buy
11 Twenty-First Annual Collection 2008 Description / Buy
12 Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name 2009 Description / Buy
13 Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd 2009 Description / Buy
14 Half-Minute Horrors 2009 Description / Buy
15 The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 2009 Description / Buy
16 Bloody Fabulous 2010 Description / Buy
17 Zombies vs. Unicorns 2010 Description / Buy
18 Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy 2011 Description / Buy
19 The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 5 2011 Description / Buy
20 Teeth: Vampire Tales 2011 Description / Buy
21 Bewere the Night 2011 Description / Buy
22 Welcome to Bordertown 2011 Description / Buy
23 Happily Ever After 2011 Description / Buy
24 Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top 2012 Description / Buy
25 Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron 2012 Description / Buy
26 Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny 2013 Description / Buy
27 Dark Duets 2014 Description / Buy
28 Magic City: Recent Spells 2014 Description / Buy
29 The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Nine 2014 Description / Buy
30 Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales 2014 Description / Buy
31 My True Love Gave to Me 2014 Description / Buy
32 Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories By Women 2015 Description / Buy
33 Press Start to Play 2015 Description / Buy
34 Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore 2017 Description / Buy
35 Doctor Who: Thirteen Doctors, 13 Stories 2019 Description / Buy
36 Fantastisches Lesen 2019 Description / Buy
37 Faeries Never Lie 2024 Description / Buy
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For a time, she contemplated becoming a youth services librarian. In fact, Holly was just two classes away from her objective (a degree) when the Spiderwick Chronicles tour pulled her away.

But her classes were not wasted. She discovered a multitude of novels that would have stayed off her radar if she hadn’t become a library science student. She also gained valuable insight into the history of children’s books and authors.

These insights were immensely helpful to Holly when she became a published author. Her first book (Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale) came out in 2002. The book was so impactful that the American Library Association included the title in its list of the Best Books for Young Adults.

It did not take Holly long to establish herself as a skilled storyteller that could enchant children and adults alike. Some people might be surprised to learn that she has experimented with comic books.

She took an interest in the medium during her college years. Comics were not new to Holly. However, besides reading one or two major releases, including ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ and ‘Watchmen,’ she hadn’t explored the medium in earnest until she started college and discovered titles like ‘The Sandman,’ ‘The Crow,’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim.’

Holly was also fortunate enough to encounter several comic artists who encouraged the author to try her hand at writing comics. Eventually, she decided to prioritize her novels. But when she revealed the concept behind ‘The Good Neighbors,’ some voices encouraged her to turn the story into a graphic novel.

She appreciated the challenge. Though, she admitted that writing in panels was quite different from writing pross. With novels, Holly was in control. She could dictate the direction of the story by setting the mood with her words. But when it came to her graphic novel, she had to rely on the artist to create the mood.

Additionally, she had to limit the volume of text in each panel. Despite the complexity, the project was a success. Holly is still known primarily for her work as a novelist.

Many of her stories revolve around enchanted woods, and for good reasons. Holly believes that forests are magical places. They entice readers because they isolate visitors from the outside world, encouraging the imagination to run wild.

The author uses the woods to symbolize nature’s chaotic attributes, especially in contrast to the orderliness that people find in towns and cities.

Holly Black Awards

Holly has received Andrew Norton, Newbery Medal, Mythopoeic Fantasy, and Eisner Award nominations. She won a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in 2014.

Holly Black Books into Movies

The Spiderwick Chronicles became a live-action movie in 2008.

Best Holly Black Books

The author loves fairy tales and folklore, especially stories from Celtic and Scandinavian cultures and traditions. Holly’s best books include:

The Cruel Prince: Jude and her sisters went to live with the fey when their parents died. But life in the High Court of Faerie was brutal. The fey hated humans. This was a problem for Jude because she was determined to prove herself, to find a place where she belonged, regardless of the rejection that came her way.

To achieve her goal, she must defy Cardan, the High King’s wicked son. Fortunately for Jude, she has a knack for trickery and bloodshed. She will use her skills to protect herself and her sisters.

The Wicked King: Oak shocked the Fey world when they learned that he was the heir to Faerie. In light of the revelation, Jude decided that she would protect her brother at all costs. Now that she was the power behind the throne, she expected King Cardan to behave.

But she was wrong. Despite his fascination with her, Cardan was determined to humiliate Jude every chance he got. And unfortunately for Jude, Cardan was the least of her concerns. If she isn’t careful, someone close to her will ruin everything Jude has worked so hard to attain.

When Does The Next Holly Black book come out?

Holly Black doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Prisoner's Throne and was released on March, 5th 2024. It is the newest book in the The Stolen Heir Duology Series.

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