Saturday, 30 October 2010

The Prince of Mist - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Hardcover: 14 pages
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (2010)
(Niebla #1)

It’s wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where theyve recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house there still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous ownersson, who died by drowning. With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the suspicious circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called The Prince of Mist— a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends will find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden, which will change their lives forever.

Creepy! That's the one word that comes to mind after reading this book.

First of all let me start of by saying that I was not intending to buy this book but stumbled upon it by chance. After finishing this novel in little under 2 days, I have come to appreciate the simplistic but engaging plot of this novel.

I won't give to much away, as this is one of those novels where you have to leave it as it is without revealing anything.
Basically it is about the carter family who moves into a house by the beach, a house where a little boy drowned by. With this in mind max is a little apprehensive about the whole move however eventually he settles down and starts to explore the place with his new friend Roland.
Little do they now that Roland's grandfather is hiding a terrible secret which is destined to put the lives of the boys, in danger...

This novel was paced beautifully at just the right speed leaving me captivated right through to the very end.

I loved the concept of the novel however my only flaw was that some of the ends were left untied, although I believe this is supposed to be a series... however at times you were left feeling a little unsure. Hopefully Carlos will tie up these ends in the next book.

Anyway, all in all, a great novel full of darkness, romance and an evil clown. A great novel which I believe, can be enjoyed by all ages.


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