malwethien (malwethien) wrote in bookish,

Review: The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"Max would never forget that faraway summer when, almost by chance, he discovered magic."

“The Prince of Mist” is a “young adults” novel written by Carlos Ruiz Zafon years before his more popular novel, “The Shadow of the Wind.” In fact, “The Prince of Mist” is the first novel ever published by Zafon, in 1993.

The story centers on the incredible events that happened on the summer of 1943 when Max Carver and his family move to a beach house in a small town, to escape the war that threatened their city.    

Soon after moving in to town, Max, along with his sister Alicia discover that their new home, along with its previous occupants held unimaginable secrets which would forever change their lives and the lives of those around them.

“The Prince of Mist” is a wonderfully eerie and chilling book guaranteed to give every reader a spine-tingling sensation. Anyone who has read Zafon’s other novels such as “The Shadow of the Wind” knows he is a master when it comes to creating dark, mysterious landscapes and imagery through spellbinding storytelling.

Though categorized as a “young adult” novel, the mysterious and sometimes downright terrifying tale of “The Prince of Mist” will send shivers down readers’ spines, regardless of age. 


Personal rating: 3/5
“The Prince of Mist”
~Carlos Ruiz Zafon
2010, Little, Brown Publishing. 214 pages


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