If you enjoyed the enchanting tale that is The Shadow of the Wind or The Angel’s Game, the second book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, you most definitely have to read this one as well! The Prisoner of Heaven is the third instalment of the series. The Angel’s game (second book) is written as a ‘prequel’ to The Shadow of the Wind and The Prisoner of Heaven is written as a ‘sequel’. It is said that you can read the books in any order that you want, I personally think that you can switch up the first two, but The Prisoner of Heaven should be read last, in my humble Zafón crazy opinion.
With The Prisoner of Heaven I found myself back in Barcelona, in the Sempere and Sons bookstore with my favorite characters from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. We are now in 1957, with Daniel and Bea married with a baby son Julian, named after Julian Carax (author of The Shadow of the Wind – here I am referring to the book in The Shadow of the Wind, as I mentioned in my review it’s a book about a book)
Fermin is about to get married to Bernarda. However a man from Fermin’s past shows up unexpectedly and purchase Fermin a very expensive gift, the book The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and threatens to reveal Fermin’s secret. The story then starts to evolve around Fermin’s past and why he feels nervous and threatened to marry Bernarda. Daniel, who knows very little about Fermin’s past starts to unveil the truth about him. As we learn about his past, we are again taken back to the 1940’s and being reminded about the terrible events that happened under Franco’s dictatorship.
This book ties The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game together and I’m so glad about that! A lot of my unanswered questions about The Angel’s Game was answered and it sheds some light on the enigma that is Andreas Corelli. As always, the book was beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Why? Because Fermin is back! Zafón has outdone himself with his masterful story telling ability and when reading the series I always tend to get lost in his fairytale world of forgotten books, love, mystery and betrayal. I can’t wait for the 4th installment!
Some memorable quotes:
“A good liar knows that the most efficient lie is always a truth that has had a key piece removed from it.”
“That’s what happens when people reach old age; nobody remembers they’ve been bastards too.”
“People with a meagre soul always try to make others feel small too.”