Book Review: The Midnight Palace by: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: May 31, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

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Synopsis: Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life...

Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night - and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

Review: The Midnight Palace is full of adventure, mystery, thrills, and family drama – not only the family you’re born to, but the family you choose for yourself. Mr. Zafón brings us into the world of Calcutta in the 1930s. We’re treated to an exotic setting, characters who come together to form a greater whole, and whispered magic and sorcery which grows to larger than life proportions. Storytelling is a large part of this book to the characters and it’s done so very well. Mr. Zafón is a master storyteller and brings to life the characters and setting. I enjoyed the suspense and learning the truth behind the tale of the twins, Ben and Sheere. The fast-paced nature of The Midnight Palace keeps you reading until late in the night. I thought part of it was a bit easy to figure out, but this is a great YA book and I think it will enthrall readers of all ages.

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



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