The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Aug 03

I am a huge fan of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. His characters are vibrant and deep. His story lines chock-full of intrigue, as if every page a secret lurks at just a turn. He also weaves many of his stories into a labyrinth of book love. In his books there is always a book store, a cemetery for forgotten books, a continuous thread of reverence for the magic of literature. The Prisoner of Heaven  does not disappoint! This book weaves the story of characters from two of his other books, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game, revealing an intriguing history that may surprise avid fans of this three book set.


Christmas is fast approaching and Daniel Sempere is all grown-up with a wife, Bea, and a son, Julian. It is 1957, Daniel and his father run Sempere & Sons book shop in Barcelona. The shop is struggling. Business is waning but family is always the most important thing for all of them. Fermin Romero de Torres, a close family friend, helps out in the shop and he will be the key to secrets long since buried. Fermin is set to marry and all should be good but for a stranger who shows up unexpectedly at the bookshop, buys a very expensive copy of “The Count of Monte Cristo” and writes a message: “For Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from among the dead and holds the key to the future,” leaving a trail Daniel cannot help but follow. This message clearly upsets Fermin, but why?

A trip down memory lane will take both Daniel and Fermin to dark and mysterious places testing emotional limits,  strengthening the roots of their friendship and raising more questions than can be answered. The deeper their search for truth, the more likely everything which once felt safe and cemented, will be uprooted. But there is no way to turn back now. No one is who he thought they were, or are they? People are more than a name. More than a profession. More than a station in life. But are they more than their past?

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is such an extraordinary book. I absolutely loved it! Thank you, Zafón, for another fantastic story. And thank you for being so imaginative as to create a place where your readers can discover and explore the Cemetery of Forgotten books and fall into a literary haven within every page.

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