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The Watcher in the Shadows (Niebla #3)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  4,386 ratings  ·  390 reviews
A mysterious toymaker who lives as a recluse in an old mansion, surrounded by the mechanical beings he has created ...an enigma surrounding strange lights that shine through the mists that envelop the small island on which the old lighthouse stands...a shadowy creature that hides deep in the woods...these are the elements of a mystery that bind will bind 14-year-old Irene ...more
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published May 9th 2013 by Orion Children’s Books (first published October 1st 2005)
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Jessica
Two new Zafons in one year? I think I can give up sex for 2012 and be completely satisfied.

Though apparently it's been pushed back to 2013 for US publication. Good thing I met a nice fella.
Lynne King
I decided to lower the rating.

I always get a great satisfaction out of going into a W.H. Smith’s book shop in any of the English airports and looking to see the latest books on offer. I saw this book the other week and the blurb took my fancy. I rather liked the idea of:

An enigmatic toymaker who lives as a recluse in an old mansion, surrounded by the fantastical beings he has created. An eerie figure that watches from behind the curtains of a locked room. Strange things that flicker through th
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Alice

(English translation: The Watcher in the Shadows)

Somewhere between Jane Eyre and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Watcher in the Shadows (third in the Fog trilogy), is a gothic triumph. With elements of The Turn of the Screw, Ruiz Zafon's tale of mystery and Faustian bargains enchants in its eccentric and enigmatic world. Two stories of true love create the centerpiece for this creepy, twisted tale. Set in a picturesque, coastal French village, The Watcher in the Shadows entwines teenage r
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Filipe Miguel
Terceiro livro da trilogia "Niebla"

Reedição da última entrega da série para jovens-adultos, elaborada um ano após o "Palácio da Meia-Noite" (1994), pela "pena" de Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Toda a escrita segue a linha do anterior volume, bem mais "zafoniana" que a presente em "O Príncipe da Neblina" (1993). Sente-se claramente a evolução do autor, cada vez mais ligado ao sobrenatural, às sombras, ao gótico.

É interessante que as personagens habitem num cenário semelhante ao do primeiro volume, conjugado
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Marsten
Aug 09, 2011 Marsten rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marsten by: SOS
Shelves: terror
Me he acabado el libro y debo decir que me ha gustado.

Lo empecé con una mezcla extraña de ilusión y miedo. Ilusión por leer un libro más del autor (que me cautivó con su magnífica obra la Sombra del Viento) pero con cierto miedo por ser una obra juvenil (como tenía entendido que era este libro). En contra de estas reticencias tenía la inestimable recomendación de un amigo de toda a vida y compañero de lecturas de libros de terror que se lo había leido y que me lo había regalado en mi aniversario
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Sylver
The stories in this young adult series aren't connected at all. They all have a great sense of mystery and fantasy, but one is set in Spain, the other in India, and this one in France.
How much better than Prince of Mist this book is! I couldn't put it down. His characters are REAL! REAL I tell you. There's so much emotion in his words I don't know how Ruiz Zafon can keep cranking stories like this one.
Easier to relate than The Midnight Palace, this story gives us a glimpse of Andreas Corelli,
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Sarai
This is the third book by this author that I have read and I should have stopped after the first. I feel like I just read a bunch of stuff and have no idea what happened. I think perhaps something has been lost in translation? Shadows and doppelgangers and toymakers and this child's history and that one's and masks and machines. Lots of broken glass and explosions at the end, and I could clearly envision a movie scene with the automatons burning, but other than that I'm not sure what happened. I ...more
Holger Haase
1937. France.

Recently widowed Simone takes up a position in a mysterious mansion at the sea belonging to a solitary toy maker and populated by his ingenious machinery. Her teenage daughter befriends a local boy and they soon uncover a decades old mystery and haunting shadows that threaten the lives of her entire family.

After the relative disappointment of Zafon's short story THE ROSE OF FIRE I decided to approach another one of his early novels and was very totally enamoured again with his writi
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Liz Wilkins
This was a superb and very creepy read, aimed at children but also perfect for adults, one which I read in one sitting and enjoyed thoroughly.

After the death of their Father, Irene and Dorian move with their mother who has a job with Lazarus Jann a reclusive toymaker. This is a house of mystery though and a peculiar adventure is about to begin..

Haunting and atmospheric, I found this novel to be beautifully written - the first one from this author I have read, and it is storytelling at its best.
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Denisse
Oct 20, 2014 Denisse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE IN THIS UNIVERSE
No hay nada, NADA, que yo pueda decir que le haga justicia a esta, o cualquier otra obra del autor, pero lo voy a intentar...

Ustedes pueden decir lo que quieran sobre que a todas las novelas que tiene CRZ y que me he leído, les he dado 5 estrellas, pero la magia que el autor es capaz de proveer a través de las paginas es única en este planeta. Los personajes y los lugares tan tenebrosos, así como las historias que engloban cada una de sus obras me absorben de un modo que ningún otro autor puede
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is an odd one. Any attempt on my part to give a decent synopsis or thumbnail sketch of this book won't do it justice...so, only a little about the story itself. I would suggest that if you like fantasy that actually lives up to that name in that it's fanciful...or if you like horror that actually inspires terror in those solitary alone moments that you try this one.

The book opens up a little slowly giving us background for the players. They introduced with some of their life clinging to the
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Христо Блажев
През септември светлините заблестяват за сбогуване: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/s...

Вече знаех какво да очаквам от предишните две, определено могат да бъдат прокарани много паралели за начина, по който Сафон изгражда приключенските си книги, как рязко забързва действието и обичайното свръхестествено зло щраква със зъби, винаги породено от нещо ужасно в миналото, винаги следствие на погрешни решения и нарушени клетви и важни обещания. “Септемврийски светлини” се доближава силно до “Принцъ
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TL
Carlos Ruiz Zafon is one of my favorite writers, the man has a beautiful way of telling a story... slowly drawing you in and wrapping the narrative around you until your completely immersed and lost in his world. His books always have me thinking about for days afterwards, even if I'm reading something else.. .book hangover that I don't mind :).

I discovered him by chance when I was browsing through Ollie's and saw 'Shadow of the Wind' for $2. It sounded intriguing so I snapped it up and took it
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Isabel
A pontuação seria 3.75, à semelhança de "O príncipe da neblina", mas como não há esta pontuação... Dou 4 *. :)
Pessoalmente, e depois de ler todos os livros de Ruiz Zafón, sinto que esta "Triologia da Neblina" foi uma espécie de ensaio para a tetralogia "O cemitério dos livros esquecidos".
Apesar de esta ser uma obra destinada a jovens não deixa de nos cativar (a nós, fãs de Ruiz Záfon). À semelhança dos volumes anteriores (O príncipe da neblina e O palácio da meia-noite), a história é protagoniza
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Louize

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is one of my favorite authors. I've read his The Cemetery of Forgotten Books 1-3, and The Prisoner of Heaven turned out to be my best read in 2012. So I decided to give his earlier trilogy a try too.



The Watcher in the Shadows

After the demise of Armand Sauvelle, his family was left in destitute; debtors have seized their assets one after the other. Following the year of darkness, a grand offer was given to Simone as a housekeeper for the palatial home of Lazarus Jann, a famous
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Sara Forsberg
I debated between giving this book 4 or 5 stars for a while before writing this review. My overall emotional response to the story probably deserved a 5, and the world that Zafón has created is so appealing and rich in texture and so clever that I have to say it was a fantastic read. There were however a few little things that marred my experience of the book - the first and foremost being that for a story that is described as a mystery the author essentially gives away the plot before you get t ...more
Cindy Hudson
When Irene’s mother is offered a job in a remote Normandy village it seems like the answer to their prayers. Life has been difficult after her father’s brief illness and death at an early age. Irene and her family are even more enraptured by the employer, a former toy maker with a mansion full of his mechanical creations.

Everyone settles happily into their new surroundings, none more so than Irene, who finds a special bond with a local boy named Ismael. But when a dark shadow is unwittingly rele
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Jordan
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Ouaw. Ouaw. Ouaw. C'est définitif : je suis un grand fan de Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Les Lumières De Septembre m'a tout simplement fait tomber amoureux de cet auteur. Si j'avais été énormément séduit par Le Prince De La Brume et un tout petit peu déçu ( mais toujours conquis ) par Le Palais De Minuit, ce livre, lui, m'a carrément rendu accro à la plume de Monsieur Zafón.
Nous retrouvons une nouvelle fois les éléments que le romancier maîtrise à la perfection : il
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Hmm uvijek pokusam da napisem review, ali onda ne znam sta da napisem pa kazem nakon sledece cu. I tako sam dosla i do ove. I dok sam pokusala da smislim sta da napisem shvatila sam da sta god da napisem nije dovoljno i samo bih svojim rijecima pokvarila ono sto je napisao Safon.
Mada sam shvatila jednu stvar Safon je za mene sigurno najbolji pisac ikada, neko ko me je odusevio milion puta i nadam se da cu imati priliku da procitam jos mnogo njegovih knjga!
Palomacortazarg
Este libro, Las luces de septiembre, no me ha gustado demasiado. Quizá haya sido que el género de la novela,fantástico, que nunca ha sido de mi total agrado. En mi opinión, la historia es intrigante, original e innovadora, pero me hubiese agradado más, si hubiera menos elementos fantásticos. Así sería más verosímil. Respecto al trazado de personajes, creo que están bien construidos y caracterizados lo que aporta al lector una una percepción muy clara del personaje. Lo mismo ocurre con diferentes ...more
Bea Oria
Las luces de septiembre ha sido un libro que me ha gustado mucho. Aunque los primeros capítulos son muy aburridos cuando empieza la trama es muy interesante y te engancha. El misterio que envuelve a Cravenmoore es muy excitante y tienes ganas de terminar de leer para saber como acaba y desvelarlo. Los personajes están muy bien caracterizados y te los imaginas perfectamente. Lo que más me ha gustado ha sido la relación que establecen Ismael e Irene. Mi parte favorita es el final, la carta que le ...more
Elena Díaz
El libro Las luces de septiembre en general no es un mal libro, lo que más me ha gustado de él han sido el planteamiento y el nudo, el comienzo me gustó mucho y la parte del nudo y el planteamiento del desenlace son realmente interesantes incluso te llega a enganchar, pero la parte final del desenlace, me ha decepcionado mucho, no esperaba en absoluto que acabase como lo hizo. Por todo esto le pongo dos estrellas, ya que el final del libro para mí tiene mucho peso y reitero que no me ha gustado. ...more
Ithilwen
Como siempre que leo algo de este hombre, me ha vuelto a recordar por qué es uno de mis escritores favoritos. Si bien este no es uno de sus mejores libros (la trama es bastante parecida a la de El Príncipe de la Niebla), es bastante bueno y entretenido.

Tras la muerte de su marido, Simone Sauvelle se muda con sus dos hijos -Dorian Gray, de diez años, e Irene, de catorce- a Bahía Azul para retomar las riendas de su vida. Allí encuentra trabajo como ayudante de Lazarus Jann, un fabricante de autóma
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thewanderingjew
The Watcher in the Shadows, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Although the book was designed for an age group of 8 and up, I am not sure what makes it only part of the youth genre. Except for a few parts of the narrative, which felt a bit immature or inane, this could easily have passed for a crossover book, at least up to YA. Although the story is not very deep, I found it very entertaining and enjoyed listening to the reader who was excellent.

The author, Zafon, is a magician with words. His characters become
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Valentina
Con Zafòn si cade sempre in piedi. Non so se sono io ad essere di parte, ma non riesco a non apprezzare ogni suo singolo lavoro.
Quattro stelline perché il fatto che questo libro sia stato scritto prima della serie dell'Ombra del Vento si percepisce forte e chiaro. Lo stile è sempre quello, con lo stesso potere di catturare il lettore ed avvilupparlo nella trama con una piena partecipazione, però si nota come sia ancora una fase embrionale ed "immatura" - passatemi il termine - di ciò che poi sbo
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Isidora
Oh my God. This was absolutely splendid. So much better than Prince of Mist (cried while reading both, though). Both have a wonderful love story stinging the 'mysterious and scary' plot. But, I liked this one better. The charachters are real. You can feel them. Unlike Alicia and Roland, one didn't die for the other, but there was no need for that. If there was, I'm sure it would happen... Instead, Zafon split the Alicia/Roland love story into two couples in September Lights. Lazarus and Alma, Ir ...more
Hollowspine
Although the mysterious and dangerous Andreas Corelli was only mentioned (by name) once in this atmospheric tale his shadow spans across it's pages.

The story begins when misfortune befalls the Sauvelle family, Mr. Sauvelle dies and leaves his wife and two children with his accrued debts. However, just when the family is losing hope an offer comes from a small town on the coast of Normandy. Simone is offered a job as a house keeper by a reclusive toy-maker living in a bizarre mansion in the middl
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Irene
Este libro, no llama la atención al público joven por su título. Es un ejemplo perfecto de que no se debe juzgar un libro por su portada, o en este caso, por su título.


Tengo que decir que este libro (uno de los que forman La Trilogía de la Niebla) es fantástico. ABSOLUTAMENTE FANTÁSTICO.
Estos tres libros fueron los que me llevaron a adorar a Carlos Ruíz Zafón e hicieron que se convirtiera en uno de mis autores favoritos junto con Laura Gallego y Cassandra Clare.
La historia está muy bien narrada
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Maria Teresa Agudelo
La tercera novela de esta trilogia, me ha cautivado mucho, debo admitir que no más que las dos primeras, pero si lo suficiente como para reafirmar la admiración que siento por el talento de este autor y resaltar su maravillosa forma de escribir.

De esta novela me gusto mucho poder imaginar los escenarios. Eran tan verosímiles, escalofriantes y singulares; pensar en Cravenmoore, la Bahia Azul y su faro, la caverna que tanto deslumbro por su belleza a Irene y que luego casi la pudo matar... Poder v
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Teresa
This edition is published by Orion here in the UK on 9th May 2013.

I am a big fan of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s writing, both his adult and children’s novels, since I first read The Shadow of the Wind when it was published in 2004. Since then I have enjoyed his two other books in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books cycle, The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner of Heaven. There has been quite a gap between each adult novel being published but Zafon aficianados have been sustained in the interim by his Niebla (Mis
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Spanish novelist. Born in Barcelona in 1964, he has lived in Los Angeles, 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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