Book Review: The Prince of Mist by: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: April 12, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble  

Synopsis: It's wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital city where they live and move to a small coastal village. But from the minute they cross the threshold of their new home, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house lurks the spirit of a young boy who died by drowning.

Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist - a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. With the help of their new friend Roland, the Carvers soon get caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and enchanted statues - and adventures that will change their lives forever. 

Review: I loved this book! The story, while set during World War II, is timeless. While The Prince of Mist is written more for younger readers, I think people of every age will enjoy it! The gothic tale, which includes magic, ghosts, and scariest of all - clowns, plays on your every fear. It leaves you looking over your shoulder and peering deep in the closet to make sure you're safe. The characters are vivid and you can feel their fear in your bones. I felt that the writing was smooth and flowed well - it kept me intrigued and I couldn't wait to get back into the tale. The Prince of Mist is Carlos Ruiz Zafon's first novel - originally published in Spanish. Thankfully it's been translated into English and is available for our enjoyment. Pick it up and get lost in a timeless tale of magic, mayhem, and evil.

Niebla series: The Prince of Mist (1), The Midnight Palace (2), Las Luces De Septiembre (3)



  1. I LOVE this author, but I haven't read this book. Have you read his books for adults. I love The Shadow of the Wind.

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  2. I haven't read any of his adult books yet.

  3. I remember seeing this one advertised! I'm easily scared but this sounds like suuuch a good book! I love Gothic stories =)


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