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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 1st edition (28 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753828553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753828557
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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It showcases in embryo his [Zafon's] flair for a page-turning Gothic yarn. (i NEWSPAPER)

Zafon is a master of the well-crafted tale, and he surpasses himself here (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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From the bestselling author of THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, the haunting story of a ghostly ship and an age-old curse.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Niall Alexander on 28 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
"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 By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Book 1981 on 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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