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The Rose of Fire (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Carlos Ruiz Zafon
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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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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  • File Size: 250 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (June 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B7VCBK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,116 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zafon writes like an old master. July 5, 2012
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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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the exhilirating world of Carlos Ruiz Zafon July 18, 2012
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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!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Soooo disappointing! April 21, 2013
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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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Please July 16, 2012
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Origins of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books April 29, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely companion piece August 5, 2014
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3.5: A nice short story about the origins of the 'Cemetery of Forgotten Books', an ancestor of a certain character is mentioned as well, made me smile :).
Only complaint, the page count says 34 but its only 16... 18 pages are a preview of 'the prisoner of heaven'
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Mister Zafon's wonderful writing and imagery are on fine display here and he makes the most of the short length :

"The chronicles tell us that when the maker of labyrinths reached Barcelona on board a vessel hailing from the East, he already carried with him the germ of a curse that was to stain the city's skies with fire and blood."

Clever of him to work in the myth of St. George as well.

As with all of Mister Zafon's works, I didn't want it to end *sighs* Short but beautiful <3 I loved how the ending was left open, hinting at something rich/wonderful happening in the future.
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Think of it as a prequel to 'Shadow of the Wind' but it also could fit snugly in 'Prisoner of Heaven' as well.. no spoilers if you haven't read the other books yet or if this is your first taste of this author.(Would not recommend reading the novel preview though if you haven't read 'shadow of the wind' or 'the angel's game' yet).

All in all, I really enjoyed hearing the origins of this beloved Character in the quartet (That's how I think of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, its presence is larger than life). I would LOVE to go there and wander through the place, taking down different books and running my hands along the walls... I would be happy to get lost in there. Hey Carlos, I'll take the job of Keeper, if it's available :-D

Would recommend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Nothing much to it but it introduces Sempere family. It is also free, so must not complain.
Published 25 days ago by judy lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect!
I love all of his books, so this one wasn't the exception. It's beautifully written and the perfect prelude to his others books.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars another Zafon winner
Marvelous descriptive writing. I have found him to be an excellent writer. All his books will be read by me.
Published 2 months ago by E. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good one
I am glad to recommend this book for those which are fooling this story
You won't be disappointed after reading it
Published 3 months ago by Fernando
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story. Want more.
In my opinion, Zafon is a wonderful writer. His characters are real and I care about what happens to them; and his settings either put me right there, peeking over the characters'... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tallulah Bankhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire and ash in Barcelona as an evil power takes hold
This is a short story which tells the origin of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books that is a key part of the series that starts with Shadow of the Wind. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michelle Boytim
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Your Imagination Going!
I love this author! I have never been disappointed in any of his books. When I read his stories I feel like I am transported into the story and I never want to put the book down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Terry Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific short story!!
The Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a short story that takes place during the incarceration of David Martin, the tale of which is told in The Prisoner of Heaven. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick fun
This is a very short novel that provides back story to the Shadow of the Wind series. This book is quite unlike any of the other books, and is really more of a somewhat magical... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Hyman
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Always. Pleasure reading anything that is formed by Carlos Ruiz zafon. H truly has a way with words an his style is beautiful
Published 6 months ago by Donna Figueroa
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards, including the Edebé Award, Spain's most prestigious prize for young adult fiction. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

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