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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Blip of a Beginning
"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...
Published on 28 May 2010 by Niall Alexander

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Prince of Mist...
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...
Published on 9 July 2010 by Book 1981


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4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone younger than me is a baby., 5 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Prince Of Mist (Hardcover)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon was born in Barcelona in 1964. He is probably best known for "The Shadow of the Wind", while "The Angel's Game" - that book's prequel - became the fastest selling book of all time in Spain. "The Prince of Mist", which won the Edebé Award, was Zafon's first novel and was written for the young adult market.

The book opens in 1943 in the south of England. It's the middle of June and Max Carver has just turned thirteen - when his world is been turned upside down. Max's father, a watchmaker, has decided to move the family away from the city to a small town on the coast. Max is initially devastated, as he's leaving everything he's ever known - and, as they're leaving the following day, he doesn't have long to say his goodbyes.

Max, his two sisters (Irina and Alicia) and their parents travel down to their new home by train. Having been broken-hearted about leaving the city, the trip cheers Max up a great deal though. He falls in love with the sea the instant he sees it and swears always to live on the coast. However, his new life isn't going to start easily - and the omens are there from the second they leave the train. (The station's clock, bizarrely, is moving backwards and Irina is adopted by a foul-smelling, malevolent-looking cat. Max could almost have sworn the creature was waiting on their arrival...) The family's new home, right on the beach, has been lying empty for several years - probably due to its tragic history. The house had been built by a doctor called Richard Fleischmann in 1925. His son, Jacob, was born the following year...but Jacob sadly drowned aged seven, and his father didn't last long afterwards. It didn't take Mrs Fleischmann long to move out and put the house up for sale - though Max's father was the first to pay any interest. There's also a mysterious - and very spooky - Garden of Statues near the house that Max is quick to explore. The statues are circus characters, with an evil-looking clown taking pride of place at the garden's centre. (Oddly, Max suspects the statue may even have moved while he was in the garden). At the clown's base is a strange symbol - a six-pointed star, enclosed in a circle. In time, Max will see that symbol again...

Max soon becomes friendly with Roland, a local boy called who's a few years older than our hero. Roland lives with his adoptive grandfather, Victor - who built and runs the town's lighthouse. Victor, officially, was inspired to build the lighthouse after surviving a shipwreck many years earlier - and Roland himself makes regular dives to his grandfather's old ship. However Victor has his secrets and, from his lighthouse, he's really watching out for a dangerous character known as the Prince of Mist. Unfortunately, Max, his family and Roland aren't safe...

Although it's definitely geared towards the teen market, the gothic spookiness that was present in "The Shadow of the Wind" and "The Angel's Game" is present. A quick, easy and enjoyable read, certainly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 16 Nov 2011
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Ms. B. Phillips "barbydoll9" (Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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I love this author. I bought this book for my son for a school reading challenge and he is loving it too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Prince of Mist, 15 Nov 2011
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I quite enjoyed the book but felt it was more a children's book with the fantacy part of the story. I have left with my 8 year old grandson who is an avid reader as I thought he might enjoy it as he gets a little older. It was large print and easy reading, and intriguing enough for me to finish it quickly. It reminded me of the Enid Blyton Famous Seven adventure series.

Rae Davies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner, 24 May 2011
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A. McBrearty "Alimacb" (Tewkesbury United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I ordered this book and The Angel's Game as I enjoyed Shadow of the Wind so much and have recommended Carlos Ruiz Zafon to many of my friends.

I thoroughtly enjoyed it but it was a completely different read. It was written for young adults and I found it a very easy book to read (finished it in 2 days while on holiday) It is a fascinating 'ghost story' and although the it almost became a little predicatable at times, it was still gripping and nightmare provoking. Definitely one for the suitcase on holiday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Child story telling at its best!, 7 Jun 2010
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Having been a fan of Carlos since "The Shadow of the Wind" was first published in the UK (and still one of my favourite books to date!), I was eagerly awaiting "The Prince of Mist."

To anyone about to read it, the only thing I recommend is go into it trying to imagine being a child again. I did this and found myself actually hiding under the duvet at one point! The atmosphere that Carlos can describe is bone chilling and the plot itself moves at such a meancingly fast pace that unlike many children's books, there is little time for a hug and a kiss to the reader.

Having done Children's Lierature at university, it is refreshing to see how the genre has changed and that authors are no longer afraid to scare children or tell them frightening stories. With Carlos Ruiz Zafon, you always know you are expecting the gothic and the heart stopping moments, and with "The Prince of Mist" he has once again left me amazed and impressed - and actually quite scared...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, I have been left with some great mental images, 14 Aug 2014
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Loved this book as I had forgotten the magic of Zafon's books. I loved Shadow of the Wind. Although this was a YA book I really enjoyed the way it didn't shy away from some pretty scary details - mind you kids love to be scared, and so did I.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good creepy yarn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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I am reading and loving it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 2 Mar 2014
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Could not put it down what a great read Have read all his books this will keep you captivated enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prince of mist in English, 11 Jan 2014
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love this author but..., 27 Dec 2013
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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. Its a great story, obviously aimed at the YA but still well written and draws you in. Definately worth reading though.
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