Monday, May 8

Blodeuedd's Monday Review: The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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...

My thoughts:
I did not know what to expect, was there really a Prince of Mist or not? I can not say, spoilers ;=)

It's a short book and it was one of his earlier works so I can not really compare it to The Shadow of the Wind (which is SO beautifully written). It's YA too, even if the author says it works as an adult novel. But I still say YA.

A family comes to a sea side town. Max learns about the story of the Prince of the Mist, all while he senses strange things in the house. He and his sister meets a new friend and learns even more about the legend. Something strange is going on, or is it?

It was short so it was a fast read. There is a bit of suspense at the end and a few paranormal vibes. A good story.

Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 28th 2011 by Phoenix (first published 1986)
Original Title: El príncipe de la niebla
Niebla #1
YA, fiction, paranormal


Carole Rae said...

Mhmmm. Short is good, but sometimes things are too short.

Blodeuedd said...

I would not say that, ya should be short sometimes. These new ones drag things out

Melliane said...

always a bit complicated when short