Saturday, January 25, 2014

Review: THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Prisoner of HeavenExpanding upon the literary universe set within the fictional landscape of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN focuses on one of my favourite characters, Fermin, and his seemingly unjust imprisonment prior to forming the bond he now shares with bookstore owners Sempere Snr and son Daniel.

Author Carlos Ruiz Zafon has once again written a book for book lovers. Like the previous instalments in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books universe, THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN envelopes the reader in the velvety mist of Barcelona circa 1930’s and 1940’s whilst the narrative waxes poetic the allure and intimacy a cherished/sought after book has on a reader.

There’s secrecy, mystery upon mystery, and multi faceted storytelling yet the glue that holds it all together is the rich and vibrant characters Carlos Ruiz Zafon has steadily built into his Barcelona. Whilst Fermin’s back-story and involvement with a mysterious visitor to the bookstore is the highlight, there are also delicious revelations about Daniel and co that are sure to satisfy fans of this series of books.

As the third book, THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN reads well as a standalone yet, having read THE SHADOW OF THE WIND (twice) and THE ANGEL’S GAME, THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN is that much more enjoyable. If you like books – irrespective of genre, this is a must read series. 

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