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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Guest Review: Book Break-Ups: The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Title: The Prince of Mist
Series: Niebla #1
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Publisher: Phoenix
Publication Date: 28 Mar 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

From the bestselling author of The Shadow of The Wind, the haunting story of a ghostly ship and an age-old curse.

In 1943, Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the coast, to an abandoned house that holds many secrets and stories of its own. Behind the house Max discovers an overgrown garden surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star. In the centre is a large statue of a clown set in another six-pointed star.

As the family settles in they grow increasingly uneasy: Max’s sister Alicia has disturbing dreams while his other sister, Irina, hears voices whispering to her from an old wardrobe. With his new friend Roland, Max also discovers the wreck of a boat that sank many years ago in a terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach.

As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of a legendary figure called the Prince of Mist begins to emerge..


The Prince of Mist is about a young boy called Max.  Max and his family move to a remote seaside town due to the war. Max soon realises the house and town have haunting stories to be discovered and told.  Including a sunken ship and a walled garden with scary statues! !

I found this quite a hard book to get into.  I kept picking it up, putting it down again unsure whether I wanted to go back to it.  I didn’t really get into it easy but I carried on and it did get better but then it ended. Its hard to explain how I felt but it wasn’t keeping me engrossed and turning the pages quickly. Quite a slow book, not really exciting enough for me.  I will give another book by this author a go as it may of just been this one that wasn’t right for me.

I feel as though although this is classed as a “young adult” book its more tailored towards the younger “young adults”.  Its worth a read as its not really too taxing but it just wasn’t for me.

Thanks to Carla at The Crooked Shelf for the use of Book Break-Ups

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