The Prince of Mist

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It's war time, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning.

With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the ...

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Overview

It's war time, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning.

With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist—a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden—an adventure that will change their lives forever.

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  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón  

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Praise for The Shadow of the Wind
"Part detective story, part boy's adventure, part romance, fantasy, and gothic horror, the intricate plot is urged on by extravagant foreshadowing and nail-nibbling tension. This is rich, lavish storytelling."
From the Publisher
*"Zafón is a master storyteller." —VOYA (starred review)

*"A melancholy horror tale." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

*"Awesome." —School Library Journal (starred review)

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
When Max and Alicia's father decides they must move from the city to a small coastal town in England to be safer from the war, the family is less than excited. Thirteen-year-old Max is distraught at leaving behind friends and familiar places, and older sister Alicia withdraws even more into herself. The suspense begins the moment they arrive at the village train station when a large cat adopts their younger sister Irina and then seems to be keeping an eye on the family once they move into their new beach house. The house and grounds also seem to be watching and maneuvering family members in mysterious way. While exploring town, Max becomes acquainted with Roland, a young man who will be going off to war in the fall. Roland introduces Max to diving in the bay and shows him a wrecked ship, the Orpheus. Once Alicia and Roland meet, a tentative romance is begun, but events really begin to spin out of control when Irina is rushed to the hospital after an apparently accidental fall down the stairs. Alicia, Roland, and Max discover that they are being haunted by the same images of a malevolent clown, a statue that seems to move in the overgrown garden, and even some old family movies discovered in the garden shed. Roland's adoptive grandfather, the self-appointed lighthouse keeper Victor Kray, reveals under pressure the story of his escape from the wrecked ship. Kray had been in pursuit of an evil man named Cain who was responsible for the death of a childhood friend, and originally believed Cain had died in the shipwreck, but now he is not so sure. Cain, also known as the Prince of Mist, has come back to reclaim a promised prize, the firstborn child of the beach house's former owner. The child, Jacob, was believed to have drowned when he was seven years old, but Max discovers from viewing the old films that Jacob is in fact Roland, whom Kray has been attempting to hide and protect for years. This suspenseful story provides quick reading from beginning to end, with a believably brave young male narrator who will have particular appeal to boy readers. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607883722
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 5
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards, including the Edebé Award, Spain's most prestigious prize for young adult fiction. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

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