"The story has heart, menace torture, kindness, cruelty, sacrifice, and a deep devotion to what makes humans tick."--New York Journal of Books "Perhaps his wittiest [novel] and the darkest to date, a stylistic feat that Ruiz Zafon handles deftly...Savor this book."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Gripping...suspenseful...The magic of the novel is in the wonderfully constructed creepy and otherworldly setting, the likable characters, and the near-perfect dialogue."--Booklist "Invoking the atmosphere of Dumas, Dickens, Poe and Garcia Marquez, Carlos Ruiz Zafon retains his originality and will hold his rightful place among the storytelling masters of literature."--Book Reporter "Zafon's storytelling is deft and well-paced, and his vivid prose brings the cultural riches and political strife of Franco-era Spain to life."--Publishers Weekly "[A novel] with the blissful narrative drive of a high-class mystery... Ruiz Zaf n is a splendidly solicitous craftsman, careful to give the reader at least as much pleasure as he is evidently having."--The Guardian "There is an air of magical realism to Zaf n's tales. The prose is robust and the dialogue rich with smart irony. But mostly, reading Zaf n is great fun."--Miami Herald "A deep and mysterious novel full of people that feel real...This is an enthralling read and a must-have for your library. Zaf n focusses on the emotion of the reader and doesn't let go."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Acclaimed Spanish author Zafon returns to the dark streets of Barcelona in 1957 with the familiar heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. A mysterious stranger's visit to the Sempere bookshop unearths the dark secret and threatens the bright futures of Daniel and Bea Sempere and their friend, Fermin Romero de Torres. Daniel and Fermin must look back to the early days of Franco's dictatorship and the enigma hidden in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a collection of lost treasures known only to those who protect it. Peter Kenny does a splendid job of bringing the diverse cast of characters to life. The soft and eerily sweet voice that he uses for the villain, Vall, is especially noteworthy. VERDICT Recommended for bibliophiles and fans of Zafon. [The Harper: Harper Collins hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Saori Wendy Herman, M.B. Ketchum Memorial Lib., -Fullerton, CA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.