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The Rose of Fire (The Cemetery of Forgotten) [Kindle Edition]

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Book Description

Set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition in the fifteenth century, "Rose of Fire" tells the story of the origins of the mysterious labyrinthine library, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which lies at the heart of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's novels The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game, and now The Prisoner of Heaven.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 833 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (26 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B7VCBK
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More About the Author

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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the exhilirating world of Carlos Ruiz Zafon 19 July 2012
By Laura Booksnob - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
One of my favorite books of all time is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. In it, there is the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a labyrinthine library that winds underground. Rose of Fire is a short story that defines the origins of this labyrinth and how it came into existence.

The story begins in 1454 when a ship was sighted aground on the coast of Spain with a soul survivor tied to the helm of the ship. On the dying man's person was a journal written in a foreign tongue. This journal holds the key to the labyrinth as well as the key to immortality and a vial containing one of Jesus Christ's tears.

Zafon weaves in the legend of St. George's day, that occurs every year on April 23rd. April 23rd is often celebrated by book lovers as World Book Day and in Spain it is celebrated with a gift to your true love of roses and books. A practice we have included in my family since my daughter's patron saint is St. George.

I heartily recommend Rose of Fire as a prequel to the Shadow of the Wind trilogy. Read alone, it is 16 pages and will get you excited to enter the exhilirating world that Zafon creates. Rose of Fire is only available as an ebook but the good news is, that it is free!
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zafon writes like an old master. 5 July 2012
By Chris McCaffrey - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
July 17 is marked on my calendar. Carlos Ruiz Zafon's latest installment in the series that began with the magical book "The Shadow of the Wind" comes out on that day. I can't wait to dive into it---and this book, in addition to the short story "The Rose of Fire," gives us a preview in what must be the first chapter.

The Rose of Fire begins even before the beginning. It tells a fairy tale of sorts, set in the heart and hypocrisy of the Spanish Inquisition and explores the nature of true goodness in the face of proclaimed virtue and in the process sets the stage for the creation of the Cemetery of Lost Books which is the heart of all of these novels.

Not a very long story---a preface to a story to come, really. But the language.... Zafon can write as few can. His wonderful characters are like those of Dickens or Dumas, as is the tremendous heart and biting commentary of his prose. Mix that with the dark Gothic sensibility of Poe and you have a sense of the flavor.

As these books are originally written in Spanish, the translator, Lucia Graves, should also be congratulated on her translation which (based on what friends of mine say who are fluent in both languages--I am merely conversational in Spanish) convey and retain the magic of the original Spanish editions.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Please 16 July 2012
By ReadingGrrl - Published on
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I have always wanted to know more about the Cemetery of Forgotten Books so when I saw that there was a short story available I jumped at it. It didn't fulfill my entire wish to know about this weird and wonderful place but it at least was a start. You find out where the plans came from and whose hands the eventually fall. Now I want to know who built it and why they decided to store books in this amazing labyrinth etc. Definitely leaves you wanting more.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Soooo disappointing! 21 April 2013
By Love at First Book - Published on
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Talk about disappointing. From the author who brought us amazing books like The Shadow of the Wind and The Prisoner of Heaven (also The Angel's Game, which was good but not amazing), there's The Rose of Fire.

Supposedly this short story will explain the origins of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I was so excited to read it (thanks to Mel @ The Book Musings who told me it existed).

What a disappointment for real. While now I know a little more about the Cemetery of Forgotten books, I don't even care. The information is crap.

Just think about it like this: His 3 Cemetery of Forgotten Books stories are full of intrigue, mystery, and kept me on the edge of my seat. Was there a teensy bit of magic involved? You'll never be sure because it's kept very realistic.

Then you move on to The Rose of Fire. It's a full-on fantasy with a dragon. What is that about? Nothing like the first three novels.

My advice? Check out The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game, and The Prisoner of Heaven and skip skip skip The Rose of Fire.

Have you ever had a book in a series severely disappoint?

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca @ Love at First Book
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Origins of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books 29 April 2013
By Jim Lester - Published on
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I'm a huge fan of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's novels THE SHADOW OF THE WIND and THE ANGEL'S GAME. In both books a wonderful hidden labyrinth called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books places a major role and in this delightful short piece, Zafon tells the story of the origins of the Cemetery. It's a quick, fun read that involves dragons, magic potions, pirates and a plague that stalks Barcelona. The story only takes a few minutes to read and I would highly recommend the piece to anyone who has enjoyed Zafon's earlier writing and wants to learn as much as possible about the Cemetery of Forgotten books.
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