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The Midnight Palace (Niebla #2)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  10,579 Ratings  ·  872 Reviews
In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery....

Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without lo
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
My disappointment in this book can be described in three words:

Insufficiently explained superpowers.

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
Norah Una 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.

Sep 23, 2015 Sheziss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Un truño como una casa.
Dec 05, 2011 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, for-review
“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
Jul 24, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
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"
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!
Jul 07, 2011 Monique rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 28, 2012 Raed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
In all of Carlos Ruiz Zafon books I found his locations to be the highlight. They come alive with rich gothic descriptions.

Prior to The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos wrote a series of young adult books that’s meant to entice young reader and adults alike. Unlike his first book in the series - The Price of Mist - I found the plot to be on the youngish side, the idea of orphan children forming of a group called the Chowbar Society, where their basic motto is to have each other’s back, no matter what
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
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
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
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
Este libro me presenta sentimientos encontrados. Por una parte la historia me ha gustado mucho más que la del príncipe de la niebla o luces del norte, pero por otra parte, el ritmo ha sido un poco lento. Los personajes también me han caído bien inmediatamente, será porque tengo debilidad por pandillas estilo goonies en el que cada cual está especializado en un área distinta y todos se ayudan entre ellos.

La historia transcurre en Calcuta, lo que le da un toque exótico (aparte de mezclar con mitol
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
Feb 10, 2015 Florian Pekazh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, horror
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
Jun 03, 2010 Sylver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Judith Be
Mar 31, 2016 Judith Be rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik vond het een heel mooi boek, maar ik vond wel dat er te veel gebeurde in te weinig pagina's, waardoor het onoverzichtelijk werd en ik veel dingen terug moest lezen, voordat ik het begreep. Wel vond ik de personages heel goed uitgewerkt en maakte het verhaal een mooie ontwikkeling.
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Aug 19, 2016 Dina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sin duda me gusta Zafón, todas y cada una de sus historias. Esta, pese a que pasé algo de miedo porque soy una cobarde, no podía ser menos. La ambientación por una vez fuera de Barcelona ha sido fantástica y toda la historia con los chicos y los fantasma de lujo. Una delicia de novela en la que como siempre en este autor hay mucha, pero mucha niebla ^_^
Jun 14, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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...
Alvaro Acevedo Barrios
3.3 para ser exactos.
La historia es buena; sin embargo, Zafón pudo ahorrarse muchas páginas.
Kate Mowery
Aug 10, 2011 Kate Mowery rated it did not like it
Flat, boring characters. No reason to care about any of them.
Jan 18, 2016 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gusta mucho Ruiz Zafón, no es el mejor de sus mejor libro, pero merece la pena leerlo.
Dec 17, 2013 Mizuki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2013 Yzobelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2013 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
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
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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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