The Prince of Mist
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Narrated By: Jonathan Davis
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Length: Approx 5 hours
Challenges: 2012 Historical Fiction Challenge
Rating: 4 stars
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.
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was such an intense, awesome read. I loved the blend of historical fiction and fantasy into a tale of folklore that was just magical. It was creepy and horrific at times and perfectly lovely at others. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was a book I really enjoyed.
I loved the set up of The Prince of Mist. Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a very talented story teller. I simply hung on every word and felt like the time could not go by quick enough. What I loved most is that as an author Carlos Ruiz Zafon is not afraid to take a risk and there are several riskier moves that some authors may shy away from in The Prince of Mist. It made the stakes that much higher and the payoff was rewarding.
The characters in The Prince of Mist are absolutely charming. All the different characters were so awesome. Kane was such a creepy character. Every scene with him or those about him, I found myself on the edge of my chair. I hadn’t been so creeped out by a book in a very long time.
Jonathan Davis’s narration was awesome. All together, the audio for The Prince of Mist was one of the coolest audios I’ve ever listened. There were so many cool sound effects and little musical interludes. I just loved it. Plus, Jonathan Davis’s narration was just extremely excellent. I already know I want to see what other audios he has narrated and make a point to get them. There is something about his voice that just made this one awesome. The Prince of Mist is also one of those books that I feel was just further enhanced by listening to the audio. It was so rich and lush with description that I feel like hearing it allows you to fully appreciate it all.
I highly recommend this one, especially for anyone looking for a good audio book to check out! I found myself I had more opportunities to drive while I was listening to this one, as the time I spent in the car never seemed nearly enough. This was my first read by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and it will certainly not be my last.