The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Most people will know Carlos Ruiz Zafon as being the best-selling author of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game, however The Prince of Mist was in fact written by Zafon in 1993 and was his first published novel.
The Prince of Mist tells the story of Max and his family who are relocating to a new town to live in a house on the beach. The house has been vacant for many years and Max slowly discovers the legend of the family who lived there before and of course the mysterious Prince of Mist.
Zafon is a master in the art of mystery and suspense and you can’t help but want to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next. For most English reader’s this will be the first story of Zafon’s they have read that has been targeted at the younger adult audience. Even so I think older adults will still enjoy it – similar to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Fans of Zafon’s adult books will find this a remarkably different read – he still writes in the beautifully fluid style that he is well known for but for people who have perhaps found his writing difficult to get to grips with before – they will find this much easier. It is a very slim book – I read it within a day and half and could not put it down.
However there were some parts of the story that I found weren’t really explained – such as the statues in the garden. I wanted to know how they came to be statues but it was not explained.
I am interested to know what other Zafon fans thought of this novel so if you’re reading this please comment 🙂
I for one hope that he continues to write for the younger adult audience even though it is probably more likely to be read by adults. I know that we haven’t sold many to children in our bookshop so far but a great deal of the adult version has been sold already.
Rating: 4 stars!