The Labyrinth of the Spirits ★★★★½
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Genre(s) | Historical Fiction, Mystery, Spain
Goodreads Rating | 4.45
Humpo Show Rating | 4.50
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Published: First published in Spanish in 2016, my English language edition is the limited proof copy sent to me upon request from Orion (translated by Lucia Graves)
Publishing 18 September 2018
The fourth instalment, fierce and enormous, spiced with perfumes from all the earlier ones, would lead us at last to the centre of the mystery, uncovering all the puzzles with the help of my favourite fallen angel of mist, Alicia Gris. The saga would contain villains and heroes, and a thousand tunnels through which the reader would be able to explore a kaleidoscopic plot resembling that mirage of perspectives I’d discovered with my father in the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Not my words, but the words of two Julians: Sempere and Carax. Continue reading
The Angel’s Game Book Review
3.75 / 5
Angel’s Game once again displays the sensational abilities of Carlos Ruiz Zafron to eloquently express the ineffable that helps to create a magical piece of literature that is in the same vein as Shadow of the Wind. Zafron delves into the macabre and forbidding Barcelona that he has constructed for another intricate and spellbinding mystery overflowing with dark and brooding scenery that reflects the astonishing events surrounding David Martin and his incredible life.
The Shadow of the Wind
5 / 5
A simply stunning story.
The Shadow of the Wind is an irresistibly captivating story that entraps its readers within the first page. Intricately and beautifully told, Carlos Ruiz Zafron has fused wonder, mystery, murder and love together in this magical novel which causes an ache in the heart and soul of every reader.
Having finished reading this fantastic novel, which is phenomenally well written, I feel as if this review has to live up to the unreachably high standard set by Zafron’s literary masterpiece. Though I do not possess the same level of skill or imaginative abilities of Zafron, I will attempt to do this book justice through this well-meant review, which left me breathless through sheer wonderment.