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The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  

The Prince of Mist

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

From the bestselling author of THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, the haunting story of a ghostly ship and an age-old curse.

Utterly gripping, this is a deliciously haunting and chilling tale of dark magic and treachery which reaches out across time threatening all who cross its path.

A move to a house by the sea is designed to give Max and his sisters a safe home away from the dangers of the city in wartime. Although their new home comes with a tragic story of a young boy’s death, the family assume all sadness will have died with him. But, gradually, Max begins to uncover the secrets behind that death and in doing so, to find himself confronting the devilry of it head on. The superficial delights of the new seaside home and the friendships it brings are soon engulfed in a desperate and thrilling struggle for survival.

If you like Carlos Ruiz Zafon you might also like to read books by Stel Pavlou, Mark Oldfield and Carl-Johan Vallgren.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This gothic fairy tale full of myths and legends is a wonderful escapist adventure by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, whose novel Shadow of the Wind is the most read Spanish novel since Don Quixote. Young Max Carver and his sister Alicia have recently moved to an old house by the sea that they soon realise holds a world of secrets, stories and magic. As they explore in the gardens and the sea beyond, they start to learn more about the mystery and horror surrounding the house and who the evil Prince of Mist really is. Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a master of the well-crafted tale, and he surpasses himself here in this tale of a summer in which the two young heroes ‘discovered magic together’.
~ Caroline White

Synopsis

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

1943. As war sweeps across Europe, Max Carver's father moves his family away from the city, to an old wooden house on the coast. But as soon as they arrive, strange things begin to happen: Max discovers a garden filled with eerie statues; his sisters are plagued by unsettling dreams and voices; a box of old films opens a window to the past. Most unsettling of all are rumours about the previous owners and the mysterious disappearance of their son. As Max delves into the past, he encounters the terrifying story of the Prince of Mist, a sinister shadow who emerges from the night to settle old scores, then disappears with the first mists of dawn ...Originally published in Spain as a young adult novel, THE PRINCE OF MIST is a mesmerising tale of mystery, romance and adventure.

Reviews

Zafon is a master of the well-crafted tale, and he surpasses himself here * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * It showcases in embryo his [Zafon's] flair for a page-turning Gothic yarn. * i NEWSPAPER *


About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafón was born in Barcelona and grew up under the shadow of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia cathedral, just a block away from the family home. For a few years he lived in Los Angeles, working as a screenwriter, and has published four novels for young-adults before escaping everything to write THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, a novel that has become an international literary phenomenon in over 20 countries. His work has been translated into 17 languages. Now back in Barcelona, he is presently at work on a new novel.

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Publication date

28th March 2011

Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
NewGen - YA Fiction
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ISBN

9780753828557

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