Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s “The Prince of Mist” starts off in a fairly plodding way. Set in World War 2, the book centers around Max Carver’s family. They move to a quiet coastal village to start a new life during the war. The house has a haunted history, being built by a surgeon for his little family and abandoned by them when their only son drowned. It has stood empty ever since.
When Max’s family moves in, Max starts to investigate the death of the boy and the mystery surrounding the house.
Here’s the Amazon blurb:
It’s war time, 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 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 strange 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–an adventure that will change their lives forever.
After the slow start the book picks up the pace and the reader is able to piece together the strings tying everything together. This book was originally written in Spanish back in 1993, and there are a few parts where the whole feel of the book drops out. But overall I enjoyed the story, a bit sad in parts. The insidiousness of the Prince of Mist gave the book an almost Stephen King’s “It” feel. However the ending left me short, I didn’t like it. I wanted something else to happen. Overall it is a good read, very short novel, I got through it fairly quickly.
The book is published by Text Publishing, and is available now.