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“[A novel] with the blissful narrative drive of a high-class mystery… Ruiz Zafón is a splendidly solicitous craftsman, careful to give the reader at least as much pleasure as he is evidently having.” (The Guardian)
“The story has heart, menace torture, kindness, cruelty, sacrifice, and a deep devotion to what makes humans tick.” (New York Journal of Books)
“Perhaps his wittiest [novel] and the darkest to date, a stylistic feat that Ruiz Zafon handles deftly…Savor this book.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
“Gripping…suspenseful…The magic of the novel is in the wonderfully constructed creepy and otherworldly setting, the likable characters, and the near-perfect dialogue.” (Booklist)
“Invoking the atmosphere of Dumas, Dickens, Poe and Garcia Marquez, Carlos Ruiz Zafon retains his originality and will hold his rightful place among the storytelling masters of literature.” (Book Reporter)
“Zafon’s storytelling is deft and well-paced, and his vivid prose brings the cultural riches and political strife of Franco-era Spain to life.” (Publishers Weekly)
“There is an air of magical realism to Zafón’s tales. The prose is robust and the dialogue rich with smart irony. But mostly, reading Zafón is great fun.” (Miami Herald)
“A deep and mysterious novel full of people that feel real…This is an enthralling read and a must-have for your library. Zafón focusses on the emotion of the reader and doesn’t let go.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.
Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermin Romero de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city's dark past. His appearance plunges Fermin and Daniel into a dangerous adventure that will take them back to the 1940s and the early days of Franco's dictatorship. The terrifying events of that time launch them on a search for the truth that will put into peril everything they love and ultimately transform their lives.
Full of intrigue and emotion, The Prisoner of Heaven is a majestic novel in which the threads of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game converge under the spell of literature and bring us toward the enigma hidden at the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a collection of lost treasures known only to its few initiates, and the very core of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's enchanting fictional world.See all Editorial Reviews
I loved books 1 & 2 in this series, but this one turned out to be a very big disappointment, especially by comparison. Read morePublished 5 days ago by margaret
I listened to it on audiobook, and the narrator definitely wasn't as good as the first two narrators. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nikki
If I ever make it to Barcelona -- which Zafron's books should be used for tourism advertising -- I will find the Cemetary of Forgotten Books, and hopefully be buried there.Published 24 days ago by Mahina-Sheila
This book free together the first hands
The second book effortlessly. I wasn't sure how I felt about The Angel's Game until I. Read more
A weak finish to a so-so trilogy. There are some memorable characters and the Barcelona streets are a fascinating setting, but the stories (in all 3 books), and their connection to... Read morePublished 28 days ago by reader
Carlos Ruiz Zafon is an incredible story teller/author. He captures the lost time that generations later find. Read morePublished 28 days ago by sherbert
This is the third book I have read by this author. All have been good, altho I felt "Shadow of the Wind" (his first) was fabulous and one of my all time favorites. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AvidReader
Something of a disappointment and seemingly published for the sole purpose of forming a bridge to another book in the series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by garythegrim