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The Prince Of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 240 Pages.

Published: 28 March 2011 by W&N

Edition: 1st

ISBN: 9780753828557

EAN: 9780753828557

From the bestselling author of THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, the haunting story of a ghostly ship and an age-old curse.


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A Light, Young Adult Ghost Story

This is a ghost story set in Europe during World War II. Max, a teenager, and his family move out of the city to a coastal village where things aren't quite as they seem.

This is a very lightweight book in comparison to the author's great books such as "Shadow of the Wind". Although only recently published this is quite an early work & designed for young adults.

This is a ghost story. We have people who aren't quite what they seem, a cat who is definitely not just a cat, moving statues and a quite dramatic ending with a ghost ship rising out of the water in a manner reminiscent of "Pirates of the Caribbean"!! The book starts slowly with a description of the family's move but hints are already there in the story of what is to come. This is a short book so events do build up quite quickly.

I got quite involved with this book yet felt it was a little "Famous Five". It wasn't until I realised that it was a young adult's book that I managed to relate to the characters & events properly. I was not the target audience so had to try to look at it from their point of view. It is a well written book with a good plot although I did notice a couple of translation blips.   Had this been a longer book for adults there were many ways in which the plot & the characters could have been developed. There were several events which seemed to happen too quickly & too conveniently & I wonder if the author could have spent a little more time developing these? Had this book been written later in his career I can imagine just how different it could have been.

I enjoyed this book & got involved with the story in a superficial manner. I can see that it would be popular as a young adult book. I think I came to it with too many expectations having read previous books by this author.

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