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#457 ~ The Prisoner of Heaven


The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Published by: Harper

Published on: July 10, 2012

Page Count: 278

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

My Reading Format: Hardcover gifted to me by my friend, Nathan. Meeting him for drinks and book chatter was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Chicago. Without him and his gift, my return trip to the Noke would have been much more stressful. Gracias por todo!

Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook


My Review

Some of the best modern Gothic fiction has come from Carlos Ruiz Zafón. In The Angel’s Game, he introduced David Martin and his reasons for writing a book. In The Shadow of the Wind, he introduced Daniel Sempere, his father, and Siempre and Sons bookstore. In both, he brought to life the fabulous Cemetery of Lost Books. The Prisoner of Heaven ties those books together, detailing the future of both men and the truth about the death of Daniel’s mother.

While there wasn’t the heart pounding suspense in The Prisoner of Heaven as there were in the first two books, I loved how this book revived the memory of those same books. I was especially glad to see the return of Fermin Romero de Torres, one of my favorite literary characters. The writing brought me straight back to the dark world of Barcelona that I know so well from the first two novels I read. I want to go there, walk the foggy streets, eat in the cafes, and explore their bookstores. I was so engrossed in The Prisoner of Heaven that I read the book in one day. I didn’t want to put the book down unless it was absolutely required. Thankfully it rarely was.

I do not know for certain whether Zafón has another novel planned for this series. I can only hope so. While The Prisoner of Heaven helped make connections and answer questions, there was still some evil that was not fully punished in my opinion, leaving room for more about Daniel and Fermin. I want to see them get the upper hand. I want to take part in their revenge. The Prisoner of Heaven was a very good read.

2 Comments

  • At 2012.08.27 07:57, bermudaonion(Kathy) said:

    The Shadow of the Wind is one of my sister’s all time favorite books, so she’s extremely excited about this one.

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    • At 2012.08.27 17:45, Sandy said:

      I think the goal is four books for this series, so we have one more. I really loved the first two (TSOTW) is probably my favorite of the two and I LOVE Fermin! I just got this audio Friday and am loading it now as I speak. I feel like I’m going to get together with old friends after a long separation!

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