The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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ISBN-13: 9780062206299
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Series: Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series , #3
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 43,393
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of two critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling novels, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, is one of the world's most-read and best-loved writers. His work, which also includes prizewinning young adult novels, has been translated into more than fifty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.

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The Prisoner of Heaven 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
eadieburke More than 1 year ago
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!
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Carlos Ruiz Zafon hooked me with The Shadow of the Wind (Book 1), left me desiring a little more with The Angel’s Game (Book 2), but tied it all together fabulously with The Prisoner of Heaven (Book 3). The author says that the books can be read in any order, and when you change the order, you change the way you experience the story.  This seems to be true, however, I loved reading the books in the order they came out, where The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game were somewhat related, but I wasn’t sure how until The Prisoner of Heaven came along and basically slapped me in the face with its awesomeness. The Prisoner of Heaven may have been my favorite of the three books.  I could not put it down, reading all 300 pages in less than a day. Daniel Sempere is happily married and running the family bookstore with his father and best friend Fermín Romero de Torres.  Fermín will soon be married, but something is in the way.  When Fermín opens up to Daniel about what really has occurred in his past, secrets are revealed, questions are answered, and more questions arise. The Prisoner of Heaven was a phenomenal read that sucked me in and kept me turning the pages without wanting to put the book down.  Carlos Ruiz Zafon did a great job tying up loose ends while still leaving the book open at the end for another in the series (which I would read in a heartbeat if you are writing it!).  And of course, Daniel visits the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which is one of my favorite fictional places in the entire world. I highly recommend that you read all three books in this series, but I have to say, I think this book was the best of all three so far! Who’s up for a trip to Barcelona??? I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. What do you think about reading a series out of order? Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
BeautifulBelief More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was turned on this writer I was not sure I would his work. How wrong was I. With each page I read I am in Barcelona at Sempere Book Store. Carlos Ruiz Zafron paints a picture and you can't help but feel drawn in. You get to know and feel his characters as if they can be you or someone you know. A book like this you don't want to ever finish but when you are done all you can say is damn that was good book!
Jessie93 More than 1 year ago
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.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
The Pris­oner of Heaven by Car­los Ruiz Zafón is the third book in the For­got­ten Books series. The first two books, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game have been inter­na­tional best sell­ers. Daniel Sem­pere and his wife Bea are con­tent with their life and their beau­ti­ful new baby, Julian and that their good friend, Fermin Romero de Tor­res is about to get mar­ried. But when a strange walks into Sempere's book shop and threat­ens to divulge a ter­ri­ble secret about Fer­min, their hap­pi­ness subsides. Daniel and Fer­min go down a path which they might never come back, and if they do, they will never be the same. The story jumps from Barcelona 1957, to 1940 -- a ter­ri­ble time in Spain's tumul­tuous his­tory to reveal, piece by piece, more about the char­ac­ters which we thought we knew. The Pris­oner of Heaven by Car­los Ruiz Zafón is also set in Barcelona, much like the other books. This time though the story tog­gles between the 1940s and the late 1950s . This book is almost impos­si­ble to put down, if you liked the first two (espe­cially The Shadow of the Wind), you will love this book is it keeps the same sto­ry­telling and most of all, the same won­der­ful sense of humor. The book is shorten than its pre­de­ces­sors, the struc­ture, which as men­tioned above still fol­lows a past/present thread is more clearly defined. In the pre­vi­ous books the thread was inter­min­gled and took some get­ting used in order to fol­low properly. Out of the three books, this one is the least self-contained. I would actu­ally rec­om­mend read­ing the other two, espe­cially The Angel's Game first because The Pris­oner of Heaven ties up a lot of loose ends which can only be under­stood in the ref­er­ence of the back story and famil­iar­ity with the prior books. I for­got how much I liked the fab­u­lous char­ac­ter of Fer­min Romero de Tor­res, which is quickly becom­ing one of my favorite lit­er­ary char­ac­ters. A roman­tic at heart, lin­guist in mind and a dreamer by trade, Fermin's out­ra­geous and often hilar­i­ous obser­va­tions leave me in envy and awe with a thirst for more. I remiss not to men­tion another one of the author's unsung char­ac­ters, the city of Barcelona which is revealed, through­out the series in all her grit and glory in both sun and shade. One could not also forego Zafón's trib­utes to pre­vi­ous mas­ter­ful sto­ry­tellers. From obvi­ous Dumas to Cer­vantes, Dick­ens to Hugo these mas­ters would be proud of the homage paid to them (in pur­pose or just in this reader's mind - does it even mat­ter?) in another mas­ter­ful tale. The great nar­ra­tive, prose and won­der­ful comedic tim­ing con­tinue in the strong tra­di­tion of the For­got­ten Books series. I read many trans­lated books and I have to say that this series is prob­a­bly the finest trans­lated (even though I don't read in Span­ish). Usu­ally there are
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must confess I read the hardback edition. "Prisoner of Heaven" is the third book in a wonderful cycle of novels. Others have suggested that it's the last or the next-to-last volume. Ha! Start with any of them, read them all, and don't believe the cycle is finished until the author says so.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz-Zafón, translated from Spanish by Laura Graves The last installment in the Zafón trilogy that deals with the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”--the other two being The Shadow of the Wing, and The Angel’s Game. Plot: The book is narrated by Julián Sempere, son of the owner of Sempere Bookstore in Barcelona. It’s Christmas 1957 and sales have not been good. Mr. Sempere starts a Nativity scene on the store’s display. Things pick up. One day, when Julián is left alone to manage the store, a stranger buys the most expensive book in the store--300pesetas--with a 1000 peseta bill and leaves the change. The book is for Fermín Romero de Torres, Julián’s best friend and co-worker in the bookshop. The stranger leaves a note: For Fermín Romero de Torres, who came back from among the dead and holds the key to the future. Julián can’t resist his curiosity and follows the stranger back to an hourly hotel where the man has rented a room for two weeks. The strange man plunges Fermín--who’s about to marry Bernarda in two months--and Julián into a dangerous adventure that will take them back to the 1940’s and a prison in the early days of Franco’s dictatorship. The terrifying story deals with the governor of the Prison--Mauricio Valls--an evil man responsible for Julián’s mother death, Fermín as prisoner number 13, his infamous escape from that prison, and David Martin--The Prisoner of heaven--who masterminds Fermín’s escape and writes The Angel’s Game--as a gift to Julián--and tells the story that transforms all of their lives. Comment: The three books can be read in any particular order and are the best I’ve seen come out of Spain. They read easily and once you start them, you can’t put them down. I strongly recommend them to everyone....
Anonymous 2 days ago
A remarkable series of storytelling. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
bell7 on LibraryThing 5 days ago
A mysterious man shows up at Sempere & Sons book store looking for Fermin, setting Daniel on a quest to find out about his friend's past. He has no idea how intertwined his own story is with Fermin's.This is the third in the connected stories in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books cycle. While it's not necessary to have read The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game beforehand, I think I would have been a little lost and not as emotionally connected to events if I had not. Of the three, I think this book stands alone the least, though it still could, as the author intends, be the introduction to the cycle set in 1950s Barcelona. In fact (and I never thought I'd say this), it made me want to go back and reread The Angel's Game because I have the feeling I completely misunderstood it the first time around. While it still doesn't hold a candle to The Shadow of the Wind, I loved getting Fermin's back story and am truly looking forward to seeing where the next book takes these characters.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Books like The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón make me love being not only a reader, but someone who loves the look, feel, and smell of books. Why? Because I get the feeling that Zafón has the same sort of reaction to picking up a book. There's this feeling of history, companionship, and shared experience I get when I handle something old and precious, and a sense of awakening hope for the future when I pick up something new. The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book centering around the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, but if you haven't read the other two novels, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, don't let that stop you from picking this one up - because you see, Zafón has done something brilliant and perfectly fitting with these books. You can start with any book and read them in any order, and they all remain connected through this one, single, perfect place. In this book the story of Fermin Romero de Torres is detailed out piece by fascinating piece, and Daniel is given more information on the history of his parents. The relationship between Daniel and Bea is also in question - and references to both The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game crop up throughout the book in, sometimes, the most surprising of places.And let's not forget the fantastic homage paid to The Count of Monte Cristo - because it's there and it's a beautiful thing. Zafón has this way of describing places that are detestable, filled with dirt and filth and corruption, and making it come to life in such a way that I was both fascinated and repulsed at the same time. But then to tie in the literary message - it was a thing of beauty and I cannot stop raving over how good this book was. I devoured The Prisoner of Heaven in about four hours. It is less than 300 pages, and more easily accessible, reading wise, than Zafón's previous books were. His prose is still beautiful - full of flowing lyricism that made me feel, at times, as if I were reading a piece of artwork, but it was more simple, less complicated somehow. Then again, it may just have been the fantastic story being told.If you haven't checked out Zafón's books, or are avoiding them because of the hype, don't. Please. I'm not one to brim with praises for hyped books, but I can say that these deserve every bit.
VeronicaH. on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, is, in many ways a book nerd¿s dream. All of his adult fiction thus far translated into English has centered(however obliquely) around the mysterious Cemetery of Forgotten Books. After the first novel released in English, The Shadow of the Wind, fans were hungering for more of this secret place with its impossible architecture and its hundreds of thousands of forgotten books. The next book released, The Angel¿s Game, promised to bring us closer to this mystery, yet left us woefully confused (at least I was) at the end and nowhere nearer to the central mystery than we were before. The latest installment, The Prisoner of Heaven, promised the same, but only somewhat delivered.The Prisoner of Heaven is certainly a good read, better by far than Angel¿s Game, but not quite as enchanting as The Shadow of the Wind. In The Prisoner, we return to Daniel Sempere and Fermín, who made their first appearance in the first of Zafón¿s intriguing novels. David Martín also makes an appearance and the events of both previous novels are frequently referenced, though you don¿t necessarily need to have read them to keep up with this book. Daniel Sempere has been married for two years now, and Fermín is on the verge of marriage. Fermín has some unresolved issues, however, and his past comes a-callin¿ one winter evening. Alexander Dumas¿s The Count of Monte Cristo plays a significant role in the novel and provides much of Fermín¿s backstory, which is mainly what The Prisoner gives us. I don¿t like to give things away, so I won¿t. The background for Fernín¿s story is WWII Barcelona and the red scare. Much of the backstory takes place in a famous castle prison full of nutters, one of whom we¿ve already met. The main villain of the novel is Governor Mauricio Valls, a man tied to all of the main characters in The Prisoner, but who remains continually out of reach. The Valls enigma becomes central to Daniel, but that unravelling will have to wait for the next book.This book is a quick read, and nowhere near as complex as either of the other two novels, though better written than one. After Angel¿s Game, I was ready to give up on Zafón, but now I might have to stick around for a bit. There was some cheeky meta-stuff happening here (Daniel telling another character to write a secret history of Barcelona and Julian Carax, a significant character in the first novel; a manuscript titled The Angel¿s Game appears, etc.), but I really just wish that the book jackets would stop promising to deliver on the Cemetery of Forgotten Books if the novel is only going to include maybe a scene or two of it, especially when those scenes are not central to the plot. Final verdict: this is an excellent book for a late summer beach read (though try not to get sand in the plastic library covers, like I did).
Beamis12 on LibraryThing 5 days ago
I think Zafon could write about anything at all and I would still enjoy it immensely. He just seems to have the touch as far as atmosphere, characters, a perfect bending of history and story. This is kind of a short novel but clears up a few things that probably fit in between his last books. Disappointed this wasn't longer though, with more depth, but than I could literally read his fiction continuously and not get tired of it. Loved the ending and it seems to be set u for another book. I can only hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable
Augie65 More than 1 year ago
Carlos Ruiz Zafon has done it again. He has weaved a beautiful story that continues the trilogy. Great reading.
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