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The Prince Of Mist

The Prince Of Mist [Kindle Edition]

Carlos Ruiz Zafon , Sarah Jane Coleman , Lucia Graves
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Everybody's talking about Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the bestselling author of The Shadow of the Wind, and The Angel's Game, who returns with The Prince of Mist. This very scary ghost story stayed at the top of the Spanish book charts for two years and is now translated into English for the first time. The haunting tale is aimed at readers of all ages, so is one to share with the whole family. (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING - June 2010)

In this page-turner, a young hero finds himself in a house haunted by secrets he is fated to uncover - but at what cost? Magical, and even though I'm a grown-up, SCARY! (Lauren Laverne GRAZIA MAGAZINE)

nine-year-old Max Carver sets out to rescue his nearest and dearest from the malevolent character who embroils his victims in sinister pacts. (SFX MAGAZINE)

The first book from the Shadow of the Wind author - published in English at last - is an atmospheric thriller following a young hero as he explores his new house in the country. Described as a cross between Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, it proves young adult fiction can be as gripping as the adult version. (TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLMENT)

Addictive page-turner with things that go bump in the night (ESSENTIALS MAGAZINE)

Zafon mixes youthful romance, devilish pacts, salty seadogs, scary clowns and haunted shipwrecks with a generous hand, and you might not want to go diving again after reading this. (Suzi Feay FINANCIAL TIMES)

Utterly gripping, this is a deliciously haunting and chilling tale of dark magic and treachery which reaches out across time threatening all who cross its path. (LOVEREADING4KIDS.CO.UK)

Readers of all ages will find mystery, thrills, and nail-biting suspense - it has the force of Stephen King spiced with the subtlety of Neil Gaiman (John Lloyd, Waterstones Bath WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)

A brilliant old-time ghost story for an audience probably new to such dazzling characterisation and spookiness... This is a first-time published author in complete control of his story. I didn't read this book - instead I swept over the incredibly visual film it mentally played in my head for three absorbing hours. It's a breathless rush of spookiness, with a firm punch to pack, as it evokes a dangerous, ethereal world, and does so almost perfectly. (The Bookbag)

it certainly delivers as a horror novel. I was positively terrified reading it and nearly lost my mind in terror at least twice... Zafon is a writer of atmosphere and he is capable of infusing the smallest sequence with an incredible sense of mystique and ambience... A beautifully written horror novel which effectively scares and engages the reader. It may have been Carlos Ruiz Zafon's first novel but it certainly does not read like one. (The

I was engrossed in every page, and turned each one wanting more and more. The books charm comes from the way in which you are drawn into the story and through the characters journey of discovery, which was breathtaking and one that I will be revisiting. (MR RIPLEY'S ENCHANTED BOOKS BLOG)

The ending of the book delivers an almighty punch - drawing together the emotional characters, thrilling suspense and chilling experiences. It whips up a storm that leaves the reader thinking: that was one of the best books that I have read this year. It has everything I like in a book and much, much more. I look forward to reading more from Carlos Ruiz Zafon very soon. (MR RIPLEY'S ENCHANTED BOOKS BLOG)

The steps into the tension are nail biting, increasingly creepy and often unsettling. This is when the reader needs to step back and admire Zafron's craft. The building of the disturbing atmosphere evokes a speeding up of the reading, the pace is relentless and language choices are perfect. `The Prince Of Mist' will grab your imagination and pull you in. (Caroline Smailes (blog))

Zafon is certainly an expert at cranking up the suspense and making the unimaginable seem quite feasible thanks to his fast paced storytelling and vivid descriptions. (LOVELY TREEZ READS BLOG)

The Prince of Mist is a fun, fast moving book and a brilliant read. It is exactly the kind of book that I like to read- full of mystery...All in all, this book was probably one of the best books I have ever read and I would definitely reccommend it to anyone who likes mystery stories with a slight twist. (Ella, age 12)

the quality of Carlos' writing is timeless and totally captivating for both readers young in years and young at heart. An absolute delight. (Jo Williams FEDERATION OF CHILDREN'S BOOK GROUPS)

¿there are some genuinely, deliciously scary sequences that will thrill young readers, particularly if they, like me, have a thing about clowns. And by `thing about¿, I mean, `terrified hatred of¿.¿ (Patrick Ness THE GUARDIAN)


With present and past entangled with the real and unreal, it makes astonishingly cinematic listening, its sophisticated mystery heightened by the narration. (Rachel Redford THE OBSERVER )

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; 1st edition (27 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NUS91Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, the first two books in a series of novels set in literary universe of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Blip of a Beginning 28 May 2010
"Max would never forget that faraway summer when, almost by chance, he discovered magic." So begins The Prince of Mist, the first novel by Spain's most notable literary export since Cervantes. And it's an extraordinary start; punchy, memorable and telling. Combined with the great expectations of all those readers won over by the dizzying charms of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, it sets a high bar for the remainder of this short, sharp novel to reach.

It's taken nearly 20 years for Carlos Ruiz Zafon's all-ages debut to overcome the language barrier, and it arrives on our English-speaking shores courtesy of the same superlative translator - Lucia Graves - who brought us the author's more adult efforts. In that time, Zafon has been catapulted from moderate renown in a modest nation to global literary stardom, and it's little wonder: The Shadow of the Wind was a spellbinding meta-textual labyrinth of a narrative, and though less critically acclaimed, I found its physical and spiritual successor to be nearly the equal of that unforgettable experience.

The lineage of The Prince of Mist, however, is a less certain thing. The tale of a young boy whose close-knit family the war has forced into a seaside retreat, and who finds in the overgrown garden behind his idyllic new home the beginnings of a mystery that soon comes to captivate his shell-shocked imagination, Zafon's reclaimed debut is fun, no doubt about it, and accomplished - for a first novel - but otherwise... unremarkable.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Storytelling 5 April 2010
By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a magical book that had me gripped from the very first pages. It starts off as a light read, of a family moving home during the wartime and settling into their new house, but slowly, slowly, the tension mounts until I found I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. About halfway through, the tale becomes haunting and the story turns quite dark and chilling. The author has created a fabulous atmosphere with his masterful style of writing. He captivates with his skilful ability to bring to life a world that only exists in his mind but yet becomes so real for the reader. To be able to create such a vividly alive tale in such a book of only 200 pages is a sign of a naturally gifted storyteller, which Zafon certainly is.

If this is the kind of scary that Ruiz Zafon can create for the YA market then I'd love to read something in this genre by him aimed at adults. Having said that, there are a few plot holes that made me tut out loud, but my copy is a proof so it may be that these small distractions will be ironed out in the final editing.

This was Carlos Ruiz Zafon's first book that he wrote in 1993. It can't be compared to his well-known series beginning with Shadow of the Wind, as it is entirely a different genre and aimed at the YA market. However, it does have the same pulling power and I do want to read the rest of the series. I believe there are 3 more to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie and scary 27 Aug 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Sometimes a foreign author gets a break and manages to sell one of their titles to another nation. Often these books are overlooked or the translation fails to impress the other countries readers. So with a bit of trepidation I gave this title a go, and boy, was I pleased I did.

The story was not only riveting but one that was eerie with a capital E. Whilst it took me a while to adjust to the time period in which its set, I really did get goose bumps as the story unfolded. Whether this is because of the years of horror I have at my disposal I don't know, but Carlos' story was scary it wove its way into the psyche and above all else it was the fear of the unknown that gave this offering the edge. A great offering and one that will definitely stay with me for some time to come. I really do hope that other titles by this author are made available to the UK audience as I'd love to see what else he has in his bag of tricks.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Prince of Mist... 9 July 2010
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I had high hopes for this little book. It was originally created for Young Adults, and though I no longer fit that description these books more than often appeal to readers of any age (Harry Potter, Twilight, anyone?).

It starts out rich, full of mystery and fascination. Max is the son of an eccentric inventor and watch-maker, who has decided that they need to escape the war raging in the city where they live by moving to the coast. When they move into their new house by the sea, Max finds a graveyard full of marble circus statues and a box full of reels of film. Before long, the mystery of the previous owners son's sudden death starts to unfold.

So already this book has everything it might need to weave a thumping good story - The brave little boy hero, the creepy new house with whispers in the corners, a perfect baddie in the shape of an evil clown and his troupe of delinquents, secrets hidden in the past and clocks moving backwards; romance, magic, suspense. In fact, it was blowing up into such an intricate tale of ghosts, grudges and hauntings that I found myself wondering how on earth all the loose ends were going to be neatly tied up before this tiny book came to an end.

The fact is, though most of the endings were sort of tied up, another 200 pages would have turned this book from a mediocre disappointment into a perfect adventure story. As it is, it feels rushed an unfinished, and so many wonderful ideas are never explored: Max's father is a vivid and original character, full of mischief. From the first page he was portrayed as if he might take a central role in the book, but then he disappears form the story completely. He gives Max a pocket watch with the promising engraving: `Max's Time Machine', but nothing comes of that either - It's just a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Could not put it down what a great read Have read all his books this will keep you captivated enjoy
Published 4 months ago by Tinkerbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince of mist in English
A good read, with supernatural elements. Definitely more suited to young adults. I would like to read in original language. If I do I'll let you know.
Published 6 months ago by MIM
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this author but...
Maybe my sights were to high. I recommend you forget whatever you may have read before from this author before you start on this, have a fresh mind. Read more
Published 6 months ago by LOUISA BLACK
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault it.
I honestly can't find a bad word to say about this book. It is shorter than some books, but I still feel like I have read it so quickly because of how engrossed I became every time... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laura Rodriguez Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Childish
thought it a little childish, not adult reading I fear. Still o.k. though I am enjoying his later books and still have his latest book to read
Published 7 months ago by john marriott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great book it takes you back as if it's your beach and friends that are being described.would make a great movie
Published 8 months ago by gordon craig
4.0 out of 5 stars Book for Young Adults
Bought this out of interest as I admire Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Very enjoyable and passed on to a young relative who is enjoying it also.
Published 8 months ago by Patricia Rochester
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
I have likes all his books easy to read and always a good plot with lots of twists and turns
Published 9 months ago by Yorkshire lass
4.0 out of 5 stars For young adults but still a good read
Didn't realise this one was for young adults, read his other ones - loved them - enjoyed this one but not as much as the adult books he has written. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Annette Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars Either badly written or badly translated, or perhaps both...
I didn't really enjoy this - it all seemed a bit forced and rather trite.
Right from the outset I was turned off by all the whimsy and faux-eccentricity of the father;... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Emil 22
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