Saturday, 24 March 2012

'The Prisoner of Heaven' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Release date: 21st June 2012
Published by: W and N
ISBN No: 978 0297868095

The third in the cycle of novels that began with THE SHADOW OF THE WIND and THE ANGEL'S GAME. THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from THE SHADOW OF THE WIND have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons. Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal and the return of a deadly rival. 

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  1. I am so freaking excited for this book. Shadow of the Wind is my fav book.

  2. I can't wait, either!

    We have already found that the protagonist of The Angels' Game knew Daniel's mother. I have a feeling that there will be more 'links' between the books/characters than the Library of forgotten Books........

  3. I suppose it was own fault for letting both my expectation and excitement build to such high levels. I had a premonition when the book appeared out of its jiffy bag (I purchased online) I didn’t like the size and found it difficult to comfortably hold and it looked thin. But surely CRZ won’t disappoint I thought as I revelled in opening to the first page...........278 pages later I do feel let down. Although he still has a superb writing style – this one just did not ignite for me and none of his usually waspish similes have stuck in my mind. I was not comfortable with the Daniel/Cascos scene, just did not seem right or in character.
    Left me feeling short changed. (But I loved TSOTW and TAG)


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