Daniel Sempere, the son of an antiquarian book dealer, discovers a rare novel by Julian Carax, The Shadow of the Wind. The book is rare, but the author is even more obscure, and Daniel finds himself in the middle of a mystery – someone is destroying every copy of Carax’s novels.
This is a romance, mystery, historical fiction all in one, where the reader is taken back to 1950s Spain with rich descriptions of Barcelona, a cast of colorful and frightening characters, and such a complex and intriguing mystery that keeps the pages turning.
Reading this novel was an experience, an all-consuming one, which at the end kept me wanting the story to continue. Thankfully, there are other novels by Zafon which are equally entertaining and enjoyable – The Angel’s Game and The Prince of Mist. For more information about the author and his work, have a look at his official site: http://www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/