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The Prince of Mist

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by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret...

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


A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret...

It's wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village. But from the minute they cross the threshold of their new home, 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.

Editorial Reviews

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

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."
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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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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 fifty countries, and honored with numerous awards. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

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The Prince of Mist 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
cewilch More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book even though I am far from the teen/young adult category. I enjoyed it very much. I've been waiting for another english-translated book from this author since THE ANGELS GAME in June 2009. This book was very good . .mysterious, magical, and was easy to get lost into the story and hard to put down. I hope we are lucky enough to have many more Zafon books translated into English. I am anxiously awaiting Carlos Ruiz Zafon's next offering.
JediMom66 More than 1 year ago
If you are a lover of the books of Carlos Ruiz Zafron, beyond all means pick up this "new" book, recently translated. This tome is considered a young adult read, but as a "older" reader, I was really taken with its quick pace and articulate writing. Zafron can really build the tension and make you feel as if you have fallen into an atmosphere where anything is possible. It has some spine-tingling elements, bringing you back to those childhood fears that kept you up at night. This book may be too intense for the teen unacustomed to books without a pat ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although it may not be the top of my list it is close to the top. I love the suspence it brings and the creepy feel to it. Coming from an ADD who gets sucked into books. All around good and recomended read. And for one i am going to read it again.
Sorpresa More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a day, that's how much I enjoyed it, plus it's a short book. It's not better than Shadow of the Wind, but still a good story. It has a good twist toward the end. Carlos Ruiz Zafon definitely has a talent for story telling which is apparent in this book. Definitely worth reading, don't let the young readers category discourage you.
Linda Schwartzwalter More than 1 year ago
ive only read literally 50 pages and im already hooked!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zafron immediately creates a dark, mysterious atmosphere that drags you into a story with unexpected twists. The mysteries surrounding the Carver's new home captivate you until the very end when the Prince of Mist returns to settle a debt in a deadly game of deal or no deal.
Lisbeth9 More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading Zafon's "The Shadow of the Wind" and for those who haven't read the book and without giving anything away I knew I had to pick up "The prince of Mist". My first clue to it's contents should have been when I was directed to go to the teen section of the book shop to look for it. I found this book oh so different from the first Zafon book I read. The writing is simple, boring. The sentences are written for a five year old's attention span: He walked in the room. He sat on the bed. It was raining...blah blah blah. The quick changing paragraphs were too fast and made the story feel rushed. There was little character development and the plot was unoriginal, a mix of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus for those who have seen the movies, though at a much lower quality. I'm sad to say this was not a good book by Mr. Zafon. Hope to find better gems from him like The Shadow of the Wind to rebuild my faith in his writing.
Benz1966 More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of ghost stories. I spook easily and end up having to sleep at night with my lights on and an eye half open. I am, however, a huge fan of Zafon's writing and The Prince of Mist proved worthy. Although The Prince of Mist lacked the more poetic writing of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, it still captured that gothic, dark feeling that I loved about the books. I could definitely tell this was a book geared more toward a younger audience - it was short, easy to read and drew me in from the very get-go. Young Max has to move from his childhood home. With him are his two sisters (one older, one younger) and his parents. They move to a house with a history, a house on a beach, and they stumble into a story involving magic, ghosts and some of the creepiest elements of a ghost story that can be used. There was a little bit of everything in this book. It played on my fear of graveyards, clowns, "The Ring" movie and many more fears. I read the book in an evening, but had to set it down several times because of random noises that had me jumping and looking over my shoulder. It's just a book, I'd remind myself. I'm such a wimp. This is a fantastic addition to the YA world. The beginning writing is a bit simple, but push through it and you'll find a story that has every element needed to make it interesting, scary, fun, romantic, sad and just plain creepy
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Brisa2 More than 1 year ago
I read the book The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafrón. The book was published by the Little, Brown and Company of the Hachette Book Group, Inc in the month of May in 2010. In this book, the theme is easily detected when the main character max states “In an infinite universe there are too many things that escaped human understanding.” The main characters are Max, his sister Alicia, and Roland. They go on many journeys and discover a lot of new things. There are many twists and turns along the way, but they could handle it. They like to get pulled into new adventures, and I like that. The book starts off with a war that is ruining the Carver family’s nice home in the city. So, Max Carver (a watchmaker and father) moves his family out of the city and to a house off the coast in the country side. Behind the house is an old garden with statues. Max is curious and goes to investigate. While there he looks at each statue very carefully, but he notices that when he turns his back, the statues have moved into a different position, especially the clown figure in the middle. After the Carver Family gets settled into their house they start to discover mysterious objects. The father finds a box of old films. He sets up a whole screen and puts on the projector. They all gather around to watch, but it turns out to be a family film of the family that used to live in the house before them. Max starts to have a bad feeling. He starts to feel like something bad happened to the family before. Then, Max’s sister starts to have bad dreams, but not just regular bad dreams. Next, after meeting their friend Roland, they find a sunken ship, with a flag, while snorkeling. This wasn’t just an ordinary flag thought. What they don’t know, but will find out, that there is a chilling story about this ship, and this place. I really liked this book. It was overall very interesting. The book kept pulling, dragging me in to read more. Reading this book was an experience for me because, to be honest, I don’t like to read. This book has gotten me into the reading mode. This was also a great experience because it was written by a Spanish author. Reading a book by a Spanish author, I expected it to have more Spanish in it, but still it was really good and made me think like: What’s going to happen? I learned that curiosity really could kill a cat, but sometime in order to be safe, you really need to be curios. I also learned that when reading a book by a Spanish author, you might see something you don’t understand, but you just need to keep going and maybe look up words if you need to. Lastly, I learned lots of new vocabulary words such as eccentric, transfixed, and paraphernalia. I would recommend this book to all ages 12 and above because it’s a good read and many people 12 and above will be able to relate to Max, his family, his friends, and his life. This may be difficult to read for people under 12 because of the vocabulary, but I hope you all enjoy the book as much as I do! Remember, READ!
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chskeet More than 1 year ago
Chris Best book ever, definately The book The Prince of Mist, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, is an amazing book. It was one of the first books I was actually able to sit down and choose to read. The main character is Max, a thirteen year old boy who seems to be an average kid until he moves and strange stuff starts to happen. So he, his sister and a new friend have to solve the mystery of what's going on. The book is about when Max's dad, a watchmaker named Maximilian Carver, makes the family move to a beach house in a small town. Their moving because there is a war going on in the city they lived in. When they get to the town they begin to see weird things like when they got to the train station and "something made him turn around and look again at the blackened face of the ancient station clock..when they reached the station the clock had said half past midday. Now, the hands pointed at ten minutes to twelve," also ".someone was looking at him. He spun around and saw a large cat," and it jumped through the window onto his sister Irina. When they got to the house Max found a very interesting garden, it was a very creepy garden. Later Max and his other sister, Alicia, met Roland, he was a seventeen year old, he invited them to do what he loved, diving, but after something happened to his other sister Irina, every time they went diving something weird would happen. Finding new clues when diving or biking around to different places and sometimes even talking to people would help find out something new. I really liked The Prince of Mist because I was always wondering what was going to happen next and you would always be on the edge of your seat like when Victor Kray "sliced the beam through the mist once more. It wasn't an illusion: The garden of statues was empty." Zafón was a very good mystery writer because he had a lot of suspenseful scenes like this. He is also extremely descriptive like he would describe almost everything with very specific words. This is a good book for any person even if they don't like to read. It's a short book but it's almost impossible to lose your concentration. I had to keep reading but if I had to help my parents I would say "can I when I get to the end of the chapter" and stuff like that. But if you are a fast reader you will be done very quickly because it is only 214 pages long.
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