The Prince of Mist, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (1993)
Themes: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Young Adult, Fiction
Reading Format: Paperback
Having loved The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, I thought I had to give his first novel a go. It seemed like a good read for Halloween and certainly had some spooky parts!
The book was about Max and his family moving from their busy lives to a quiet seaside town during the war. They think they are getting away to safety, but everything is not as it seems in their new house. This is a horror, but I think it only partially focusses on this genre, I would also say it has elements of mystery in it. You know the plot is working towards a big reveal, which I always like in a book.
This is a very short story so everything is very quick and there isn’t much tension. At times I felt like the narrative could have drawn-out the suspense a little more. There was some spooky parts involving statues and clowns that certainly freaked me out a little, but they were over before they began. I know this is the nature of a smaller book, but I’d have liked to of read more about the situations the characters found themselves in.
We mainly saw the characters of Max and Roland, a boy he befriends in the town. It’s all about them, with the help of Max’s sister, trying to get to the bottom of the strange things that are happening around them. I didn’t dislike this storyline, but it was a bit odd. Roland obviously quite liked Max’s sister so it felt a bit third wheely in terms of a friendship, which made it read a little awkwardly.
Generally though, I love this author’s writing style. He has a beautiful way with words and he knows when to stop too. I definitely enjoyed this quick little Halloween read and I’d advice it to fans of the genre.