The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

the-angels-game-carlos-ruiz-zafonIt’s no secret that Carlos Ruiz Zafón is one of my favourite authors, all my friends know this, because I can’t shut up about how much I love this author’s work, especially his adult fiction. I first discovered his work with The Shadow of the Wind and fell in love with the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.  Obviously, I just had to read the second instalment in the series.  Zafón is the author of 3 adult fiction novels and in recent years his young adult fiction, which he wrote long before The Shadow of the Wind, were also translated into English.  Being a fan of his work, I read the young adult fiction too. The recent one, The Watcher in the Shadows, I finished about two weeks ago. Instead of posting a review on that one, I decided to review the rest of the books in The Cemetery of Forgotten series first.

As oppose to The Shadow of the Wind that takes you into the realm of the 1945 Barcelona Spain after the Spanish Civil War, The Angel’s Game takes you back even further to the 1920 right before it all started. Just like Shadow of the Wind, I love the vivid and beautiful manner in which Carlos explains and describes his beloved Barcelona. It feels like you are actually there walking along with the characters in the Gothic quarter and experiencing the Cemetery of forgotten books for yourself.

The story is about an author, David Martin, who writes baroque novels under a pseudonym. One day he receives a letter from a French editor, namely Andreas Corelli, who makes him an offer that he cannot refused: He must write a book, create a new religion.  Later (not sooner) he discovers that all is not what it seems when he is being pulled into situations beyond his control. He soon starts questioning who Andreas Corelli really is, and so do I…

This book is more mysterious, suspenseful and darker than what The Shadow of the Wind was, with a dark gothic element to the story. In the beginning of reading this book I was convinced that this book is so much better than The Shadow of the Wind, mainly because it contained more mystery. There were times while I was reading the book (as late as 2am and 3am into the night as I just couldn’t put it down) that the story became so suspenseful that I literally get shivers down my spine, all thanks to the omnipresent Andreas Corelli.

As I reached the end of the book I was slightly disappointed, not because the book was bad… in fact its beautifully written, but I felt that it left too many unanswered questions. None the less, its another excellent offering from my favourite author Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it.”

“Do you know the best thing about broken hearts?” the librarian asked, I shook my head. “They can only really break once, the rest is just scratches”

(I agree)

“I stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottling.”

PS: Speaking of the cemetery of forgotten books, as I am very captivated about the story about it and the whole atmosphere in which Carlos captures it I went snooping onto his website (not the UK official website) and there is a link to The Cemetry of Lost Books, if you click on one of the locks it opens up and shows you the labyrinth… How cool!!??

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