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Pałac Północy (Niebla #2)

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Kalkuta, 1932. Ben, wychowanek sierocińca St. Patrick, skończył już 16 lat - podobnie jak jego przyjaciele, będzie musiał opuścić dom dziecka i się usamodzielnić. W dniu pożegnalnej imprezy poznaje swoją rówieśniczkę Sheere i zabiera ją do Pałacu Północy na spotkanie tajnego stowarzyszenia, które założył wraz z przyjaciółmi. Gdy dziewczyna opowiada im tragiczną historię sw ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by MUZA S.A. (first published 1998)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
My disappointment in this book can be described in three words:

Insufficiently explained superpowers.
Norah Sumner
Didn't really like this one.

I'm not really sure why.Maybe it's because I didn't like Ben,or maybe it's because I wasn't particularly interested in the story.I liked all the other characters,tho.I have to admit that I've skimmed through the last 40 pages-I just don't understand why Jawahal had to make everything so freaking complicated.Like,stop being so dramatic,dude.The ending,on the other hand,I actually really liked.It was a good conclusion to their journey.


I was very disappointed in this book. I liked Prince of Mist, but this book was not nearly as good (and I didn't think Prince of Mist was great).

For one thing, Grandma does not want anyone telling Sheere that her father was a bad man. But Grandma was the one who, for her whole life, has been telling Sheere that her father is a good man. But she knew his spirit was hunting his children to kill one of them. So why did she build him up in Sheere's mind in the first place?

How can Ben a
I'm so in love with all of Carlos' books. No kidding. All of them are perfect, and beautiful. Highly recomended

No recuerdo porque empece a leer a CRZ, pero no se que seria de mi sin sus libros.

Este libro asi como todos los de el, esta lleno de suspenso y un poco de misterio paranormal, el cual jamas esta completamente descrito pero no es necesario para entender la historia. Adoro como todas sus historias acaban de forma melancólica, sin duda CRZ es uno de los mejores autores del momento.

“Those places where sadness and misery abound are favoured settings for stories of ghosts and apparitions.”

I think I can sum up my disappointment in this book in a sentence:
Fantastic ideas that are described in breathtakingly beautiful prose but never explained properly.

This isn’t going to be a long review because I had the same problems with this book as I did with The Prince of Mist.
There was just not enough explanation and, it might just be me, but I couldn’t get over that. I’m trying so h
Filipe Miguel
O "Palácio da Meia-Noite", escrito em 1994, é o segundo livro da trilogia "Niebla", criada por Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Ao contrário do "Princípe da Neblina", este transpira Zafón contemporâneo por todos os poros. Por força do ambiente marcadamente mais sombrio, acompanhado de um drama bastante mais requintado, chega a ser complicado aceitá-lo como parte integrante de um volume de narrativa juvenil. Com menos adolescentes e um pouco mais de consistência teríamos um Zafón clássico, assim lemos "apenas"
As in all books by Zafon, I loved this one. It had its little quirky um-where'd-that-come-from? moments, but I loved it nonetheless.

The synopsis at reads as follows:

1916, Calcutta. A man pauses for breath outside the ruins of Jheeter's Gate station knowing he has only hours to live. Pursued by assassins, he must ensure the safety of two newborn twins, before disappearing into the night to meet his fate. 1932. Ben and his friends are due to leave the orphanage which has been th
Obsessive followers of my reviews (come on, I know there's loads of you out there) may have noted that back when I reviewed Carlos Ruiz Zafón's previous YA novel, The Prince of Mist, I said I wasn't going to bother reading this. And it's true, I wasn't. But then I came across a copy in the library, and couldn't resist giving this a try, knowing it wouldn't take me long to read. I'm quite glad I did, as The Midnight Palace is much better than its predecessor.

Like The Prince of Mist, this book was

The only reason that I am giving this book a star is because I happen to be a Zafon's fan. But seriously now, Calcutta 1930? no disrespect at all. I hated the Chowbar society members, all of them and I was more sympethtic to Jawahel -villain- but Zafon my man this thing sounded like a movie from Bollywood! I mean a necklace that is split in two, twins, names written backwards. I was waiting for the time when they all sang and the book went musical!

I understand that it is meant for teenagers and
Licinia Cardoso
Este livro foi escrito ainda o autor era um jovem escritor...assim este livro está longe das suas outras obras. Gostei mais do "O Principe da neblina". Mas é sempre um prazer ler Carlos Ruiz Zafón!
Maria Teresa Agudelo
Carlos Ruiz Safón no deja de asombrarme. Con una narración igual de maravillosa, descripciones y pensamientos que te hacen vivir en carne propia todo lo que su mente nos quiere trasmitir, con unos personajes enredados en tramas inescrutablemente complejas y escalofriantes. El es un autor con suficiente criterio para tomar decisiones arriesgadas en sus obras, y arrastrar a sus lectores junto con él mismo, a un mundo desconocido donde no hay emoción que se quede sin sentir.

Esta segunda novela de s
Христо Блажев
Огнен демон дири отмъщение в “Среднощният дворец” на Сафон:

Двайсет години след написването й, най-сетне “Среднощният дворец” се появи и на български език. Тя е първата книга на Карлос Руис Сафон, която забягва далеч от мъгливата Барселона, прелита до далечна Индия и се приземява сред екзотичната Калкута. Там нещата си тръгват по изпитаната рецепта, която Сафон начева с “Принцът на мъглата”, видимо шлифова тук и в “Марина”, а после вече използва в целия й
This one reads like classic Zafon, of whom I am a big fan. The atmosphere of this book, while set in Calcutta, is not too far off from his later books set in Barcelona (Shadow of the Wind, Angel's Game). It's a bit dreamy, a lot creepy and maybe even a bit magical. The story opens with a British soldier delivering infant twins from imminent danger. The twins are separated by their grandmother to keep them safe from those who might wish them harm. The boy twin, Ben, is raised in an orphanage wher ...more
Murphy's Library
from Murphy's Library —

I’ve been presented to Zafón’s writing with The Shadow of the Wind, a few years ago. I remember it took me a while to really get into the book, but once I did it, I couldn’t put the book down until I was done reading it. So when I saw Book it Forward had this ARC open for a tour, I quickly signed up. And I’m glad I did it, because Zafón got me hooked again!

The Midnight Palace tells us the story of the twins Ben and Sheere. They were newborns
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: The Midnight Palace

2 stars
16 year old twins, Ben and Sheere, are reunited after being separated at birth by a terrible set of circumstances that took the life of their mother. Raised in an orphanage in Calcutta, Ben has relied on the support of his close knit group of friends and the kindness of the Headmaster. It’s been a good life for Ben at the orphanage, but upon the children’s 16th birthday in 1932, they are considered adults, and are set free to make thei
After the mediocre Prince of the Mist (very, very YA), CR Zafon returns (in a manner of speaking since the book is from the early 90's predating his two masterpieces but the translation is only 2011) to what we expect from TSoW and TAG; now this book is still YA so we have simple action and relatively predictable plot with a twist and 16 year old heroes and heroines in typical world building that does not question the YA's roles as main leads - hence do not expect the layers and sophistication o ...more
Florian Pekazh
В сърцето на Калкута се спотайва зло, което търси своето отмъщение.

На Бен и приятелите му остават само няколко дни преди всеки от тях да поеме по свой собствен път. Когато навършват шестнадесет години и са пред напускане на сиропиталището "Св.Патрик" започват странните събития. Първо Бен има видения, а след това в дома се появява тайнствената Шиър заедно с баба си. Оказва се, че над нея и Бен е надвиснало изпепеляващо зло, което желае отмъщение и нов живот за себе си. Групата приятели се впуска
Una historia que engancha con unos personajes a los que se le coge cariño fácilmente y, por supuesto, con fantasía de por medio. ¿Qué más se puede pedir? Ruiz Zafón me ha conquistado. Y después de leer este libro me ha entrado curiosidad por la ciudad de Calcuta...
I hate it when people say these younger books by Ruiz Zafon aren't as good as The Shadow of the Wind. Of course they're not! But I can totally see where Shadow came from. It's fascinating to see how this wonderful author matured as he wrote his books. He kept getting better and better until genius struck him with Shadow. My only complain about Midnight Palace is that it's set in India, which is as exotic a setting as you can get. But I like Ruiz Zafon's Spanish and French characters. I don't kno ...more
Kate Mowery
Flat, boring characters. No reason to care about any of them.
Elizabeth B
As always, Zafon is a masterful storyteller and from the very first sentence I was entranced. His lyric prose alone is reason enough to read his works but, in this particular story, he seems to shine with a youth orientated plot of mystery, adventure and suspense all rolled together. Zafon has this ability to capture the world around him with such unique and realistic descriptions that it makes you feel like you have dropped into the middle of this world he has created – both the good parts of h ...more
I'm a little confused about this book. I didn't quite get the reason behind why Ben and Sheere were such a target. It was explained in the book, but I thought the reasoning was a bit simplistic and didn't really make sense. But then, maybe the reasoning was complex and over my head. Or maybe, it was lost in translation.

Another thing that I questioned was the characters' names. The setting is Calcutta and several of the main characters' names were English. Ben, Ian, Isabella. Mind you, it was eas
The Master Storyteller did it again! It was by serendipity that I encountered a copy of this book and I am really glad I did!

Intended for teen readers, in The Midnight Palace, Carloz Ruiz Zafon keeps the style of writing that is sooo uniquely his. As usual, he brings his readers to a web of stories while letting them experience the mix of anguish, horror, and laughter all in one as they get immersed in that web. Even if all his books have this trend of stories within stories, Zafon manages to ma
I had just checked Google Translation, and 'Niebla' means 'Mist' in Spanish.

Midnight Palace is Mr. Zafon's Young Adult novel, translated into then published in English after his other YA novel: The Prince of Mist. Unlike the other European settings we'd found in Mr. Zafon's other YA and novels, Midnight Palace took place in the 1930s Calcutta, India. The story centered on a small group of orphans who formed a secret society in order to share knowledge and protect one and other from harm, and a m
The only thing I liked about this was the story concept. It's a good supernatural thriller concept, I'm sure it could make for a gripping tale that I wouldn't want to put down.

But not in this form, sadly. I have three major problems with the execution which completely spoiled my involvement in the story.

First, there's no sense of authenticity. The book is set in 1930's Calcutta, but except for street names and place names, you'd never know. It doesn't feel Indian, and it doesn't feel 1930's: whe
Priča je, poput one u Princu magle, pomalo predviva i jasno napisana pre svega za mlađu populaciju. Međutim Safonovo bogatstvo stila me je ponovo oduševilo. Lakoća kojom dočarava mučne epizode aktera i sumornu atmosferu Kalkute istovremeno u vama izaziva i osećaj nelagodnosti i nestrpljivost da pročitate šta će sledeće da se dogodi. Iako je radnja potpuno nezavisna od Princa magle, kostur priče je veoma sličan. Prošlost roditelja proganja decu, koja se udružuju u pokušaju da izbegnu neizbežno uz ...more
Se gostei do primeiro volume, que nada tem a ver com este, ou seja, não está relacionado podendo ler-se separadamente, gostei ainda mais deste. Zafón tem uma particularidade que para mim é deveras importante, consegue prender o leitor em volta de todo o mistério que consegue criar em volta de qualquer história. Mesmo estas histórias fantásticas que não fazem de todo o meu género.

1932, Calcutá. Num orfanato existe um grupo especial: a Chowber Society, criado por sete jovens que adoram estar junto
I always think that Mr Zafon turns out a wonderfully mysterious and oftentimes scary story. This book while good was not up to his usual standards but then again it was a tale construed around the idea that ghosts inhabit and swell in the mysterious city of Calcutta. While reading, I thought perhaps this would have made a good YA novel as it deals with a sister and brother and a group of friends who really band together to fight the evil that bore the two of the friends.

There were a number of re
Con cada libro que leo de Zafón, empiezo a adivinar sus tramas un poco más. Está por ejemplo se me hizo más floja que 'Marina', tenía menos que explicar con este villano. Pero... siguió poniéndome los nervios de punta y haciéndome creer que todo se iba a ir al traste en cinco minutos.
El inicio estuvo bien, todo el clímax estuvo increíble, fue el final que sentí ya un poco flojo y donde empece a adivinar, tan sólo unos segundos antes que los protagonistas, por donde iba la cosa y como iba a acab
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Spanish novelist. Born in Barcelona in 1964, he has lived in Los Ángeles, United States, since 1994, and works as a scriptwriter aside from writing novels.

His first novel, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist, 1993), earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction. He is also the author of three more young-adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche (1994), Las
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