Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time” (Ruiz Zafon). And so begins The Shadow of the Wind.

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/

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