The Prince of Mist

The Prince of Mist

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In 1943, in a seaside town where their family has gone to be safe from war, thirteen-year-old Max Carver and sister, fifteen-year-old Alicia, with new friend Roland, face off against an evil magician who is striving to complete a bargain made before he died.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780316044776
0316044776
Branch Call Number: YF RUIZZ-C
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Graves, Lucia

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ss_786
Jul 13, 2015

Amazing book! Not a typical teenage book. I recommend this to anyone looking for something fresh and unique.

JCLChrisK Jul 07, 2014

One of my wife's favorite books is Shadow of the Wind (which I've yet to read), so when I was browsing the shelf for YA audiobooks for our travel I grabbed this one based purely on the author. That turned out to be reason enough. The Prince of Mist starts a bit slowly, then turns into a creepy, suspenseful mystery haunted by a dangerous, evil power. This is the type of dark tale from which none of the characters can expect to escape unscathed. Though told with a different--though equally eloquent--storytelling voice, this reminded me of a Neil Gaiman tale; that's high praise in my book that I don't offer often or lightly. I expect I'll be reading more books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon before long and will be happily recommending this one.

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AlexanderJack
Jun 21, 2012

I can tell it was one of his earlier books, it did start off oddly but improved with time. Good book for younger readers.

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wallyb
Nov 20, 2011

Good, quick thriller about a boy whose family moves to the coast to avoid World War 2; while there, he encounters a malevolent force that attacks one of his sisters and seems to want more from him. Solid storytelling, good for middle school readers.

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Kenaia
Dec 25, 2010

'The Prince of Mist' started out a little slowly. The writing style was odd and a little choppy, I felt. I had a slightly hard time getting into the story because of that, but the beginning of the mystery pulled me in. Suddenly, the author slipped into a series of haunting, often intense scenes, seeming almost as if they were written by a different person. I was held, captivated, throughout the rest of the novel. It was unique, original, and sent shivers down my spine. I enjoyed it, for the most part. I'll definitely be looking up more books by Mr. Zafon.

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zackids Nov 25, 2010

Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the coast, to an old house that once belonged to a prestigious surgeon, Dr Richard Fleischmann. But the house holds many secrets and stories of its own. Behind it is an overgrown garden full of statues surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star. When he goes to investigate, Max finds that the statues seem to consist of a kind of circus troop with the large statue of a clown at its centre. Max has the curious sensation that the statue is beckoning to him. As the family settles in they grow increasingly uneasy: they discover a box of old films belonging to the Fleischmanns; his sister has disturbing dreams and his other sister hears voices whispering to her from an old wardrobe. They also discover the wreck of a boat that sank many years ago in a terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach. During the dive, Max sees something that leaves him cold - on the old mast floats a tattered flag with the symbol of the six-pointed star. As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of the Prince of the Mists begins to emerge.

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