Book Review – The Prince of Mist

Book: The Prince of Mist (Niebla 1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars




A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret. . . .

It’s wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they’ve recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house there still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners’ son, who died by drowning.

With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the suspicious circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called The Prince of Mist—a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden, which will change their lives forever.


Carlos Ruiz Zafon is an author that is well known for The Shadow of the Wind. A book I have been shying away from for years because I am afraid I might not like it. And as such I have not read anything by this author. But when I found The Prince of Mist I decided I could certainly give it a try first. With not even 200 pages it is a short read. And while this is considered more for children, it is a great introduction to his writing for adults as well.

The start to this book is somewhat slow, but is used to set the mood. There is such a creepiness weaved throughout the writing of this book that interested me as to where it would end up at. The cat, the clock, the small statue yard behind the house. In itself not too weird, but the way it was written and described gave off a creepy vibe.

The characters were likeable but didn’t stand out too much. The mood of the book and the story were more present. Regardless the characters were well written. They weren’t one dimensional either. Perhaps in a book that was longer there could have been more time taken for some of the relationships between them all. The ending of the book I rather liked. There was not a huge high point but I liked how the ending wasn’t your typical happy ending.

If you like creepy stories and short reads this is certainly a great book for you. I’ll remember it fondly.

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