- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0297856421
- ISBN-13: 978-0297856429
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 144 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Prince Of Mist Hardcover – 27 May 2010
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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 - 27.04.09)
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 (WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY - April 2010)
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 - July 2010 issue)
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 SUPPLEMENT - 21.05.10)
Addictive page-turner with things that go bump in the night (ESSENTIALS MAGAZINE - July 2010)
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)
Add a locked wardrobe from which a black cat with a glittering stare emerges after the key turns by itself, a station clock that goes backwards and a dark spectre intent on drowning all three characters, and there's still enough to care most readers. (Nick Tucker THE INDEPENDENT - 25.06.10)
When the author wrote this story, he had in mind a book that would appeal to all ages.... That's the magic in the book for me, as the author has done just that. I was engrossed in every page and turned each one wanting more and more. (Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books.blogspot.com)
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)
From the bestselling author of THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, the haunting story of a ghostly ship and an age-old curse.See all Product description
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Max and his family move rather unwillingly at their father's behest to a beach house to avoid the ramifications of the Second World War. Once there Max and elder sister Alicia become caught up in the mystery of the Prince of Mist, a dark and devious figure who casts a shadow upon their new life.
The wonderful thing about The Prince Of Mist is that it doesn't patronise children, Dr Cain is genuinely sinister and the underestimating earnest need to always give children a neat, clean, positive ending is not present here. The narrative is very lyrical and you are fully engaged in the tale. As an adult there is no sense that you are reading a book which isn't really aimed at or meant for you, it is enjoyable despite the setting and the age of the protagonists. There is a physical feeling of this Faustian cloaked menace approaching from a thick mist that leaps from the page as if you stood before him yourself. If you have children around the 12 mark who enjoy reading I would recommend purchasing this and then snaffling it afterwards for yourself.
It is a pleasant diversion if nothing else.
Sadly, this is hugely misleading. Whilst there are still elements of Zafón's magical way with words, it is far too simple and uninvolved a read for the average adult reader. It is broadly on a par with the Point Horror series of books I remember reading when I was around 11-14 in terms of complexity of plot, structure and language. Furthermore, the book feels incomplete - several strands of plot that are started are never wound up such as the story of the black cat, the true nature of the statues and the significance of Max's new watch and the clocks running backwards. The ending on a whole is hugely unsatisfying because the book had so much potential and just feels rushed.
As a young adult book, I would give this three stars - Zafón does still have a great storyteller's voice, but the whole thing feels rushed and unfinished. If it were another 100-200 pages longer it could have had the space to develop into an execution to match the idea behind it.
I would recommend this strongly for parents with reluctant male readers in the 11-14 age group who I suspect would really enjoy it.
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