While wandering through a bookshop several years ago, a book happened to jump out at me (as they do on frequent occasions). After reading the blurb my immediate thought was this book was going to be amazing and I wasn’t disappointed. The book was called The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a Spanish author whose work had just been translated into English. It was one of those books that just blew me away and as soon as I opened it I was transported into post-Spanish civil war Barcelona. The story is centred around a boy, Daniel, whose father takes him to a magical place called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It is here that forgotten books come to rest and he has to choose a book to release back into the world. He gets completely engrossed in the book and decides he must find out more about the author and so the book follows his journey of discovery with plenty of mystery, passion, books, and murder set in the misty streets of gothic Barcelona.
I got slightly obsessed with this book and when I heard he had written a prequel I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. This prequel, which was just released this month is called The Angel’s Game. I have once again found myself enthralled with the magic of Barcelona and the people and place familiar to me from Shadow of the Wind.
I can’t recommend these books enough and I know I’ll be haunted by the characters when I come to the end of The Angel’s Game. If you want to find out more about Carlos Ruiz Zafon or The Angel’s Game have a look at the author’s website.