Thursday 28 September 2017

The Prince of Mist - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

In 1943, Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the coast, to an abandoned house that holds many secrets and stories of its own. Behind the house Max discovers an overgrown garden surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star. In the centre is a large statue of a clown set in another six-pointed star.

As the family settles in they grow increasingly uneasy: Max’s sister Alicia has disturbing dreams while his other sister, Irina, hears voices whispering to her from an old wardrobe. With his new friend Roland, Max also discovers the wreck of a boat that sank many years ago in a terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach.

As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of a legendary figure called the Prince of Mist begins to emerge...

My thoughts:
I did not know what to expect, was there really a Prince of Mist or not? I can not say, spoilers ;=)

It's a short book and it was one of his earlier works so I can not really compare it to The Shadow of the Wind (which is SO beautifully written). It's YA too, even if the author says it works as an adult novel. But I still say YA.

A family comes to a sea side town. Max learns about the story of the Prince of the Mist, all while he senses strange things in the house. He and his sister meets a new friend and learns even more about the legend. Something strange is going on, or is it?

It was short so it was a fast read. There is a bit of suspense at the end and a few paranormal vibes. A good story.

Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 28th 2011 by Phoenix (first published 1986)
Original Title: El príncipe de la niebla
Niebla #1
YA, fiction, paranormal


  1. I read The Midnight Palace by this author and didn't like it so haven't been tempted to pick up any of his other work.

    1. Oh you should not compare his YA books to his adult. His adult books were lyrical

  2. This sounds interesting. Not my typical type of book.

  3. Sounds good. I like short books lately.

  4. I can't remember if I've read this and its kind of making me crazy. I might have to seek it out now to be certain.

  5. Now I want to know if there was a Prince of Mist lol

  6. Sending shivers down my spine as I read the summary and your review!

  7. I have never heard of this book. Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. Hmm paranormal elements, strange dreams and a mysterious house. Sounds creepy but good.

  9. I read one of his other books. Short is good :)

  10. Suspense with paranormal sounds really good. Short can be exactly what you need some days.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  11. Is this horror? Scary? Sounds creepy.



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