Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind


Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Pages: 487

Genre: Fiction

Personal Rating: 5/5

From the back cover:
Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets—an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
This book was awesome! I had been wanting to read it for awhile now, and finally got around to it. It was worth the wait. Not only is it well written, but the story is engrossing. I stayed up until four one morning to finish it. I got hooked and couldn't bear to not know what happened. The main character Daniel is lovable, though he does has his faults and he is surrounded by many people all with very different personalities. They mesh together wonderfully. The action starts immediately and keeps moving until the very last page.

You can't help but to like this book. I will defintely be adding more books by Zafon to my reading list

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7 comments:

Lezlie said...

I've seen a few great reviews of this book now. We all know what *that* means. . . Add to The List! :-)

Have a great day!
Lezlie

Katherine said...

I reviewed the book here:

http://agirlwalksintoabookstore.blogspot.com/2008/05/review-shadow-of-wind-by-carlos-ruiz.html

Glad you enjoyed it!

Katherine said...

PS--I heard through the grapevine (I work in publishing) that Zafon is working on a follow-up novel to Shadow of the Wind. Scheduled for release next year, so we'll have to wait just that much longer!

Literary Feline said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much! I am looking forward to reading it as I have heard so many great things about it.

Marg said...

I loved this book when I read it in my pre-blogging days! In terms of the follow up, it was released in Spanish a few weeks ago and is due to be released in English in about May next year I believe. I can't wait to read it!

Lenore said...

I really do need to read this!

Diana Raabe said...

I loved Shadow of the Wind, and have also heard that the next Zafon book is on its way. It is tentatively titled The Angel's Game and is actually a prequel to Shadow.

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