The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)
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The Prisoner of Heaven (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #3)

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The third in the cycle of novels that began with The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from The Shadow of the Wind have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are li...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by W&N (first published 2011)
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Ryan
This book is a perfect example of what is wrong with the publishing world. Zafon's first book, The Shadow of the Wind is one of my all time favorites. Ever. The second book The Angel's Game is well up there on my list, so when I saw The Prisoner of Heaven on display, I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, it is very clear that Zafon was under time pressure from the publisher on this book, enough so that the story was irreversibly ruined.

You see, Zafon is a master of prose, character, and theme. Indeed...more
Jeanette
Nothing can match the complexity and sinister suspense of The Shadow of the Wind, but The Prisoner of Heaven is a worthy follow-up to that story. I liked this one better than The Angel's Game, which I found somewhat confusing and overwrought.

Fermin Romero de Torres was my favorite character in The Shadow of the Wind(TSOTW), so I was delighted to discover that he takes center stage in this story. Remember in TSOTW when the boy Daniel meets Fermin, a pitiful, starving wraith in rags, prowling the...more
Trak
The book to me was really like Ruiz Zafon decided that he had all these notes and back story on Fermin Romero de Torres and how could you turn that into a novel. Well you link some of the previous characters into the story and produce a book that leaves you as the reader disappointed. This book, while explaining away some back story did nothing for the trilogy except open up the possibility of another book. I did not find myself engaged with the characters nor all that intrigued by the mysteriou...more
Zach
I finish this book a bit confused. First of all, the discrepancies between this and The Angel's Game, specifically concerning the events and time frame of Isabella's death, left me scratching my head. Did CRZ do that specifically in order to confound the reader and then rescue his curiosity in the last book? I hope it is something like that, because there are only 2 other alternatives that are equally distasteful to me. The first is that I actually made the mistake in ordering all the events tha...more
Rebeca May
Finalmente llegamos a la antesala del que será el Acto final del "Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados." Y creo que es acertado llamarlo antesala ya que esta tercera entrega, puede quedarse reducida simplemente a eso, un prólogo del final. Esto no significa que no me haya gustado mucho, (claro le concedí 4 estrellas, pero mi juicio quizás sea un poco subjetivo), ya que le tengo mucho cariño a estos libros, sobre todo a los personajes de "La Sombra del Viento." Y ahora, gracias a este libro, le ten...more
Lydia Presley
Books like The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón make me love being not only a reader, but someone who loves the look, feel, and smell of books. Why? Because I get the feeling that Zafón has the same sort of reaction to picking up a book. There's this feeling of history, companionship, and shared experience I get when I handle something old and precious, and a sense of awakening hope for the future when I pick up something new.

The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book centering around the...more
Blair
Jun 27, 2012 Blair rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Existing fans of the series only
The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book in Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Barcelona quartet, which began with The Shadow of the Wind and continued with its prequel, The Angel's Game. This story draws strands of the two previous books together, revisiting Daniel Sempere, the protagonist of The Shadow of the Wind, and his friend and colleague Fermín Romero de Torres. Fermín, previously more of an amusing sidekick, takes centre stage here as his complex and dramatic backstory is revealed (although Daniel sti...more
Liviu
(thoughts in Nov 20111 from the Spanish lang edition) Some weeks ago the third installment of the awesome series that started with The Shadow of the Wind and continued with The Angel's Game has been published in Spain. As FBC is an English language site, I usually refrain from talking about books that are not available in English, but in this case as the UK publication of "El Prisionero del Cielo" has been tentatively set on June 2nd, 2012 and presumably the US publication will soon follow, I wi...more
Teresa
Terceiro volume da quadrilogia iniciada em “A sombra do Vento” e prosseguida pelo “Jogo do Anjo”. Gira à volta dessa maravilha saída da mente de Zafón que é o cemitério dos livros esquecidos, onde cada livro tem alma, “a alma de quem o escreveu e a alma de quem o leu” e onde cada livro vive para sempre.
Foi com imenso prazer que durante horas “vivi” com Daniel Sempere e o seu amigo Firmín, essa personagem fabulosa, que mesmo no meio dos maiores revezes não perde o sentido de humor e a força de v...more
Will Byrnes
The Prisoner of Heaven is the third in Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s series that began with The Shadow of the Wind and continued with The Angel’s Game.

The main character in this chapter of Ruiz Zafon’s multi-volume tale is Fermin Romero de Torres, friend to the Sempere family, the owners of a struggling bookshop, in 1957 Barcelona. While other characters get their time on stage, this is Fermin’s tale. And a compelling story it is, from the time he adopted his name, through his less than friendly encount...more
TheBookSmugglers
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

WARNING! This post contains spoilers!!

Oh, The Prisoner of Heaven, WHY? WHY?

You will have to excuse this sudden display of emotional distress. But I am overcome with feelings and they must be exorcized here.

A few years ago I read The Shadow of the Wind, a tremendous Gothic thriller with labyrinthine storytelling, a wonderful sense of setting, beautiful writing and incredible characters. It soon became a favourite. I do recognise its problems especially...more
mkld
Siempre me pasa lo mismo con Ruiz Zafón. A mí me gustan las historias, y prácticamente puedo leer lo que me echen. De este escritor valoro su facilidad de lectura y sus historias relativamente interesantes, capaces de mantener la atención. Ahora bien, hay que reconocer que literariamente es una chapuza. Es el mismo caso que Stieg Larsson, Dan Brown... y todos aquellos lectores que lees y estás deseando leer a pesar de que sabes que eso no es nada bueno.

No obsante, este tercer volúmen de la saga...more
Yzobelle
Aug 13, 2012 Yzobelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants an amazing reading experience
Shelves: to-read-again
Another masterpiece of the great Zafon! Definitely a gold mine! A book that is too great to be ever considered to put to rest at the Cemetery of Forgotten Books!

It is not going to be easy to write a review of any of Zafon's books. As I have done so with The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game, and The Prince of Mist, I can only write about the impact these books have made on me.

Truly a page turner, from the front cover to the very last page, The Prisoner of Heaven, didn't allow me to separate f...more
Doug Bradshaw
If you loved Shadow of the Wind like I did, you'll love this book. It is the perfect follow up book with Fermin and Daniel starring and Martin is also there in the background as well as Isabella. The story goes through Femin's imprisonment and difficult life and his role in Daniel's life. It is touching, funny, and profound in its own way. I love this author and can't wait for the next book. Here are some random comments:

1. Half of the enjoyment of this book is Fermin's clever lines and observat...more
Oscar
Tercera entrega de la serie El Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados, ambientada en la Barcelona de la primera parte del siglo XX. La historia retoma los personajes de sus predecesoras, ‘La Sombra del Viento’ y ‘El Juego del Ángel’: David Martín, Fermín Romero de Torres, el señor Sempere, etc. y parece una especie de puente entre las otras novelas, y queda todo un poco cogido con pinzas, como si Ruiz Zafón forzase la situación para que le cuadrase. Empiezo a sospechar si en realidad el autor tenía...more
Христо Блажев
“Затворникът на Рая” приковава към страниците си

Ето ме отново там – сред страниците, които не искам да свършват. Които чета скъпернически, бавно и търпеливо, с постоянно връщане назад и препрочитане на този и онзи пасаж. Това е авторът, който ме е вдъхновявал най-много и когото препоръчвам изрично от мига, в който затворих последната страница на шедьовъра “Сянката на вятъра” преди две години. Аз съм и един от малкото читатели, които харесват повече втората част от тетралогията – “Играта на ангел...more
Kelly Hager
The Shadow of the Wind is my favorite novel ever, and so when I learned there would be a companion novel, I could have cried. And then when I found out that Daniel and Bea would appear in another book? I think my Grinchy heart grew five sizes. Granted, this novel is more about Fermin but that's okay---I love Fermin!

The thing that I love most about Carlos Ruiz Zafon and this series is that he's written a love letter to books and to the people that read them. Pretty much everything that's good abo...more
Algernon
It was very easy to give the maximum rating for the previuos books of the author using the Barcelona setting. I loved the characters, the use of language, the romantic entaglements of the heroes and the gothic mood. Much of these aspects are present in The Prisoner of Heaven and at the start I believed the book will be another addition to my favorites shelf. Now that I've finished it I believe the missing ingredient is plot, a coherent story, a point of focus to the narrative. As other reviewe...more
Bandit
I've been waiting for this book so eagerly, ever since falling in love last year with Zafon's mysterious shadowy world of Barcelona's past. This book doesn't dissapoint in any aspect, but its briefness can leave one feeling a bit hungry. As in Shadow of The Wind and Angel's Game were these magnificent meals and Prisoner of Heaven's more of an appetizer. It's slim and left so open ended as if setting itself up for a direct sequel, wherein the previous novels were completely self contained and nea...more
Diane
Ick, ick, ick. I really enjoyed reading the first two books in this series. And I find the notion of a "cemetery of forgotten books" really compelling, the sort of device that invites many, many books to be written utilizing it. Sadly, The Prisoner of Heaven was not to be one of them. The truncated form is only one of many issues. I expect that a book series will bring a consistently compulsively readability. This is not the case here. I have spent the better part of the week in bed with wounds,...more
Teresa
The Prisoner of Heaven is the long awaited third instalment in the Cemetery of Lost Books series. Carlos Ruiz Zafon is such a talented storyteller I think he could make the phone book unputdownable! I always approach his new books with a mixture of pleasure and dread – I’m always confident they’re going to be good but I know I’ll feel bereft once the final page is turned.

The story begins in 1957, a year after Daniel and Bea Sempere’s wedding and they now have their hands full with a new addition...more
María
Con un extraordinario dominio del lenguaje, Zafón nos sumerge una vez más en una historia que tiene como escenario la Barcelona de los 50’. Riesgo, amor, venganza y odio entretejidos de manera magistral. Una verdadera novela gótica contemporánea, con personajes altamente complejos y logrados de manera excelente.
Margarida
Zafón consegue agarrar-nos na 1ª página e levar-nos completamente inebriados e sem fôlego ao longo de cada página, até à última!

Tendo por companhia personagens tão extraordinários como Férmin e Daniel, no final fica um vazio e uma saudade imensa...
Ryan G
There are certain authors I always hear about. Everyone I know seems to love their writing, rave about the characters they create, and worship the creative mind behind it all. For whatever reason, those are the authors I tend to stay away from, at least for a little bit. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's that part of me that insists I can't like something, if everyone else does. Everyone who knows me, personally, teases me about it. I don't see it that way. I see it as having different tastes than ev...more
Shellys♥ Journal
In the months proceeding his scheduled wedding, Fermin shares with Daniel the reason for his "cold feet" after a mysterious one handed man has shown up at the book shop. In learning of Fermin's past, Daniel also sees the link between author David Martin and his mother.

This book is a "bridge" of sorts. It fills in the gaps between Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game and links the characters together. The book is lacking in the drawn out descriptive style of the previous two books. Instead, i...more
Molybdenum
This is not really the book I was expecting. Despite the insistence from Zafon in the introduction that each book in this Cemetery of Forgotten Books can stand alone, this one cannot. It didn't really have its own story, it simply tied together Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game and set up what will be presumably the next book in the series.

It was also missing a lot of that atmosphere of the first two books. Because of the danger the characters faced, the city was practically menacing at ti...more
Lisa
The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, is third in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, which begins with the hugely successful The Shadow of the Wind, and I’m sure it will be walking off the shelves in no time. It’s a terrific book, with an intriguing storyline, gothic atmospherics and a fine cast of characters.

It is 1957 and Daniel Sampere is now married to the lovely Bea, and has a young son called Julian. After a visit from a sinister customer Daniel learns some interesting facts a...more
r.b.
This is a good year to be a fan of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Midnight Palace is out in paperback, The Watcher in the Shadows is out this week and The Prisoner of Heaven will be published in English later this summer. I love this romantic, mysterious Barcelona that has featured in his previous novels, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. I’d give anything to visit his Barcelona. Then there are the characters, who are so beloved to me that reading this is like being reunited with old friends, sor...more
Cátia Santos
Uma vez mais, Zafón leva-nos até às aventuras do cemitério dos livros esquecidos. Este livro, mais "soft" do que os dois anteriores desta saga, faz a ligação entre esses dois livros e abre as portas a um quarto que há-de chegar. Essa ligação é feita através da história de Fermin, que ata uma série de nós da vida de Daniel.

Mais um bom livro deste autor...
Juan Nieto Cano
Ha sido todo un placer reencontrarme con Fermín, Sempere padre e hijo, y alguno que otro más, y volver a visitar de nuevo El cementerio de los libros olvidados, aunque la verdad que este libro ha perdido un poco la magia de los anteriores. Es bueno, entretenido, pero este libro es más para encajar piezas y atar cabos que en los dos anteriores habían quedado sueltos, La sombra del viento dejó el listón muy alto. Aunque el final lo vuelve a dejar todo en el aire, deseando que Ruiz Zafón publique p...more
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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...more
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