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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Bridge Between The Shadow of The Wind and The Angel's Game

Prisoner of Heaven is Carlos Ruiz Zafron's third book and is a sequel to his other two books, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game.

It is set once again in Barcelona, Christmas time in 1957. Daniel Sempere is married to his wife, Bea. They have a beautiful new...
Prisoner of Heaven is Carlos Ruiz Zafron's third book and is a sequel to his other two books, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game.

It is set once again in Barcelona, Christmas time in 1957. Daniel Sempere is married to his wife, Bea. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermin Romero de Torres is about to be wed. A mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop. His appearance takes Fermin and Daniel into an adventure that takes them back to the 1940s and the early days of Franco's dictatorship. In this book we learn the background of Fermín Romero de Torres. Not only are secrets revealed about Fermin but Daniel also discovers secrets about his connection with David Martin which were touched upon in The Angel's Game.

Although, all three books can be read in any order, my suggestion would be to read The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game first. There are many references to these two books throughout The Prisoner of Heaven.

Carlos Ruiz Zafron is one of the word's most read and best-loved writers and I was anxiously awaiting this novel for another dose of his beautiful prose. He did not disappoint, as this novel was an excellent bridge beween the first two and answers some questions but not all. Zafron does leave you at the end with an added anticipation for the last and final novel of the series.

I highly recommend this book and I give it 5 stars!

posted by eadieburke on July 15, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

If you've liked Zafón's other works, then read this, but don't be expecting the excellence of "Shadow of the Wind".

Overall, I liked this story because it was quintessentially Zafón's style and prose, but it seemed to be lacking in detail when compared to "Shadow of the Wind". Although I did enjoy reading about Fermin's backstory, I would have liked to have seen more of a development...
Overall, I liked this story because it was quintessentially Zafón's style and prose, but it seemed to be lacking in detail when compared to "Shadow of the Wind". Although I did enjoy reading about Fermin's backstory, I would have liked to have seen more of a development with Daniel, especially in regards to his relationship with Bea. It was an interesting story that kept me invested, but it was not the author's best work. Furthermore, I would've liked for the book to be longer; it just seemed too brief and restrained to its brevity. I am not sure if the lack of detail in the prose relates to the translation, but that is another issue. Final verdict: if you've liked Zafón's other work(s), then you should definitely read this, but don't be expecting anything near the accomplishment of "The Shadow of the Wind".

posted by BeautifulBelief on August 5, 2012

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The third in a

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    The third in a sort of series that made me fall even more in love with the characters and the setting of this bookshop in Barcelona. With repeating characters, this book was easy to get into and even harder to put down - I loved revisiting some of the characters at a different point in their lives and seeing what they were up to at this moment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Not as good as Shadow of the Wind...

    But what is?

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    This book answered several questions left from The Shadow of the

    This book answered several questions left from The Shadow of the Wind
    and The Angel's Game. It is set, again, in Barcelona. Daniel is alone
    in the Sempre & Sons bookshop when a mysterious old man walks in
    asking for Fermin. Once he leaves Daniel decides to follow him. After
    confronting Fermin about the mysterious man Fermin starts to tell him
    "the truth". Fermin's back story finally comes to light and
    the web of corruption and old secrets starts to unravel. You will hear
    about the connections between Daniel and other characters from The
    Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's game. Although all three books can
    be read in any order, I would NOT recommend you start with this book.
    First read either The Shadow of the Wind or The Angel's Game then
    proceed to read The Prisoner of Heaven and the remaining book in any
    order.

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