The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven

Book - 2012
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The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop, where Daniel, and his old friend Ferm#65533;n Romero de Torres, are tending shop. Daniel is now married with a son, and Ferm#65533;n is soon to follow. Both men lead relatively happy and quiet lives. Enter an enigmatic visitor--a grim old man with a piercing gaze--who inquires about Ferm#65533;n's whereabouts. When told he is not in, the old man proceeds to buy the most expensive item in the store, a first edition of The Count of Monte Cristo, adds a dedication and leaves it as a present for Ferm#65533;n. When Daniel reveals the details of this unsettling encounter to his friend, Ferm#65533;n reads the dedication, turns pale, and at Daniel's insistence, decides to open up about a past that has come back to haunt him...a story that will leave Daniel questioning his very existence.

ISBN: 9781443413794
Characteristics: 277 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Graves, Lucia - Translator


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PimaLib_ChristineR Nov 13, 2018

Zafon once again proves himself the master of atmospheric writing. Not really suspense, not quite mystery, not just historical fiction, these books have a dark mysterious quality to them that always draws me in. Again we visit a world of secrets; this time Fermin's. Fermin is about to be married to Bernarda but he has no identification. He finally tells Daniel more of his history, so a good chunk of the novel is flashback.

Even with all that is revealed, Zafon uses this pretty slim-by his standards-volume to create new mysteries and secrets to be answered later. We meet a creepy new villain, but has he already become a victim of his regime? And who is looking for Daniel, a friend or foe? Even with these unanswered questions, we get several more pieces of the puzzle and it's always a pleasure to fill in details in these interlocking books.

Jul 30, 2018

I liked this story better than the second one, this felt more concise and I appreciated it being more linear. I really like how the story line is all coming together, and I'm looking forward to the 4th book.

ArapahoeHannah Aug 21, 2017

Beauty and darkness turn this into a literary wonder!

Jan 26, 2015

Excellent, like the first of the three. I love his humour. Easy and captivating read.

Jan 04, 2015

This book is as well written and as riveting as "Shadow of the Wind". Sadly the author appears to drop the ball towards the end and simply leaves the reader with too many loose ends.

Aug 22, 2014

Wonderful book. Lots of mystery if you like The Count of Monte Cristo you will love this book. I'm usually a slow reader and don't get sucked into books but I couldn't put this book down

hania4987 Jul 21, 2014

"The Prisoner" is an astonishingly quick read. You can't linger -- and you really don't want to -- on any passages. The whole story feels rushed, sloppy and INCOMPLETE. I was expecting something much more engaging.

“I've always thought that anyone who needs to join a herd so badly must be a bit of a sheep himself.”

“A madman is one who considers himself sane and thinks that fools don’t belong in his rank.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Prisoner of Heaven

Jun 30, 2013

This is the third book in the
"Shadow of the Wind" series.
while I enjoyed the book and the writing I don't think it is nearly as great as the original book. It gives a lot of backstory on the character Fermin.
You also get a great feel for Barcelona during and after WWII.

Apr 16, 2013

Very intriguing although the ending left me hanging with a lot of questions. I wonder whether there is a sequel coming.

Oct 24, 2012

Threads of the past float through all the Ruiz books and this one is no different. [I wish I?d reviewed those books? summaries.] This one moves between the repressionist 1940s and 1957 in Barcelona. Daniel Sempere tells this part of the story, but it is the book when we?ll get to know his enigmatic friend Fermin Romero de Torres. That was good.

A mystery runs through this book, at times frightening in it capacity to send both these men to seek revenge. And, like all books in this series, the author lays out where the next book may go. My only complaint: The Cemetery of Lost Books had only a very small part.

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