Friday 20 June 2014

Book Review: The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Title: The Prince of Mist
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Publication Date: 2011 (1986)
Pages: 202
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Gift
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 In 1943, Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the coast, to an abandoned house that holds many secrets and stories of its own. Behind the house Max discovers an overgrown garden surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star. In the centre is a large statue of a clown set in another six-pointed star.

As the family settles in they grow increasingly uneasy: Max’s sister Alicia has disturbing dreams while his other sister, Irina, hears voices whispering to her from an old wardrobe. With his new friend Roland, Max also discovers the wreck of a boat that sank many years ago in a terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach.

As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of a legendary figure called the Prince of Mist begins to emerge...
(Goodreads Synopsis)

The Prince of Mist captivated me right from the first chapter. I was reading it in bed and planned to complete the book over two nights, but I got so involved in the story, I ended up staying up late to finish it in one session.

The story is entrancing and even a little chilling at times. I certainly cast a few wary looks around the room as I read. The characters are well-drawn and believable and the story is nicely paced.

All in all, this book is an entertaining and occasionally spooky read that will thrill readers young and old.

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