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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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Victoria Victoriae There isn't an order to read the three books. I read The Shadow of the Wind, Angel's Game and now this one. Zafón writes on the introduction of the…moreThere isn't an order to read the three books. I read The Shadow of the Wind, Angel's Game and now this one. Zafón writes on the introduction of the books that you can read them with the order you llike.(less)
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Cat My guess is Martin killed Vals to avenge Isabella and then assumed his identity - which is why Vals never appeared in public anymore and ended up such…moreMy guess is Martin killed Vals to avenge Isabella and then assumed his identity - which is why Vals never appeared in public anymore and ended up such a popular figure in the arts scene. Just a guess though.(less)
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Feb 08, 2016 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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
Jun 23, 2013 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
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
Dec 12, 2015 Nikoleta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, book-lovers
Μόλις τελείωσα την ανάγνωση του βιβλίου "Ο αιχμάλωτος του ουρανού" , που σημαίνει ότι μόλις τελείωσα όλη την τριλογία… Μα γιατί τριλογία; Γιατί δηλαδή να μην το κάνει σειρά ατελείωτων βιβλίων; Δηλαδή χαζός είναι ο Μαρτιν με τα game of thrones του ; η Ροουλινγκ με τον Χαρυ Ποτερ και τα εφτά του-παρακαλώ- βιβλία; Εγώ τι θα κάνω τώρα που δεν έχει άλλο κοιμητήριο; Που δεν έχει πια λίγο ακόμα από τις απολαυστικές ατάκες του καταπληκτικού Φερμίν; Διαμαρτύρομαι…

«Τρελός είναι αυτός που νομίζει ότι έχει
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
Jul 01, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-espanha, 5-estrelas
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
Rebeca May
Jul 21, 2012 Rebeca May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2012
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
Jul 17, 2012 Zach rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, mystery, spanish
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
The year is 1957. It’s just before Christmas in Barcelona and Daniel and Bea are living with their son above the bookstore Sempere & Sons. The faithful servant Fermín is about to get married. One day an old man visits the bookstore and he wants to buy an old and valuable version of The Count of Monte Cristo. But he doesn’t take the book with him instead he leaves the books with a dedication…

The book continues the story that started in The Shadow of the Wind and also has ties with The Angel's
Marta Conejo
Aug 17, 2015 Marta Conejo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No sé cómo explicaros lo que me ha hecho sentir este libro.

Es sencillo, pero a la vez te llega a lo más hondo. Los personajes son humanos, normales, seres corrientes, pero con una personalidad y unas historias tan calmadas que te hacen tenerles cariño.

Hay acción, pero no es la típica de los libros que estamos acostumbrados a leer normalmente, donde todo pasa en pocas páginas. Es una acción relajada, acompasada, tranquila, que se va sintiendo por cada página. Los personajes son los buenos y los
Aug 07, 2014 Blair rated it liked it  ·  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
Carmo Santos
Aug 05, 2015 Carmo Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanha
Não vamos aos livros de Zafón em busca de respostas às grandes questões que assombram a humanidade, nem ficamos a filosofar dias a fio depois de os lermos.
O que encontramos é pura emoção e adrenalina.
É o não conseguir parar de ler até saber como é que aquilo vai acabar.
É o rir à gargalhada, e chorar logo a seguir.
É sofrer por eles e com eles, e respirar de alívio quando a coisa corre bem.
É envolvermo-nos tanto na história que tudo nos parece real e possível, e as personagens são como velhos amig
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
(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
I enjoyed this book, though it was quite short. It basically just gives you backstory on characters from both The Angel's Game and The Shadow of the Wind. It did add a little conflict/plot to the series, but as a whole I felt like this book is more off an add-on than its own installment. I enjoyed Zafon's writing as always, and since I'm a big fan of both Daniel and Fermin, I liked spending more time with them. But as a whole I wouldn't have died if I never read this story. However, it's absolut ...more
Feb 14, 2016 GeorgeD rated it it was amazing
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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
Lissett  S Ordosgoitti
“Las gentes con el alma pequeña siempre tratan de empequeñecer a los demás”

Estupenda novela!.
Con una prosa impecable y una trama interesante CRZ logra, de una manera admirable, entrelazar las historias anteriores creando situaciones sorprendentes que dejan con ganas de más. Una novela corta que desde mi punto de vista ha logrado su cometido a pesar de haberme dejado con unas ansias tremendas. Así que no queda más que esperar su cuarta y última entrega. *_*

Teška srca moram da priznam da me je Zatočenik nebesa razočarao.
Kao treća knjiga u serijalu o Groblju zaboravljenih knjiga, ne može se ni porediti sa Senkom vetra i Igrom anđela.
I dalje je tu kitnjasti stil pisanja koji odlikuje Safona, ali mi se čini da ovoj knjizi nedostaje duša, a to je upravo ono što razlikuje Safona od ostalih pisaca savremene književnosti.
Zanimljivo, na prvi pogled zaokružena celina i povezivanje glavnih likova, ali kao da je Safon Zatočenika pisao pod moranjem ili reda ra
Το τρίτο και τελευταίο βιβλίο της τριλογίας των λησμονημένων βιβλίων έρχεται για να κλείσει την ιστορία και μαζί της να λύσει το μυστήριο αλλά και τις απορίες που μας έχουν δημιουργηθεί από τα δύο προηγούμενα βιβλία.Η συνάντηση με τους αγαπημένους ήρωες από τα δυο προηγούμενα βιβλία καθώς και η ανάλυση των ιστοριών τους μου κράτησαν το ενδιαφέρον αμείωτο από την αρχή έως το τέλος.Περιστρέφεται γύρω από έναν ήρωα με ενδιαφέρον πνεύμα τον Φερμίν,ένας από τους αγαπημένους μου χαρακτήρες.Μου άφησε τ ...more
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
Kelly Hager
Jun 29, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kostas Papadatos
Η τριλογία -Το κοιμητήριο των λησμονημένων βιβλίων- κλείνει έτσι όπως ακρίβως ξεκίνησε ..ΥΠΕΡΟΧΑ! Επειδή το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς δε το έχω διαβάσει ακόμα ελπίζω να μην έγινε κάτι το σημαντίκο και οι ήρωες απλά να αναλώνονταν σε χασμουρητά ,ύπνο και πέταγμα ταπών σε βαρέλια στα αποστακτήρια του jack daniels !Ο αιχμάλωτος του ουρανού πραγματικά με συνεπήρε απο τις πρώτες του σελίδες καθώς πραγματεύεται κατα κύριο λόγο την ιστορία του αγαπημένου μου ήρωα Φερμίν.Ο Θαφόν σχηματίζει ένα περίτεχνο ...more
Doug Bradshaw
Jul 17, 2012 Doug Bradshaw rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2011 mkld rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Brenda Suarez
La manera que tiene Zafón para entrelazar a los personajes y sucesos ocurridos en La sombra del viento y El juego del angel en este libro, El prisionero del cielo, es brillante y magistral.

En esta ocasión podemos adentrarnos en el pasado de uno de mis personajes favoritos, Fermín Romero de Torres, que nos relata toda su estadía en la cárcel y ademas compartiendo los secretos de una vida pasada, dandole así un papel de protagonismo muy importante dentro de historia.

Una vez más, la amistad es un
Aug 13, 2012 Yzobelle rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sanni (sanni in wonderbookland)
Once again, i have proven a theory i've established after reading "The Shadow of the Wind" - Zafon's writing deserves to be pointed out as a masterpiece. I absolutely love his writing style and i have often caught myself completely unaware of everything that was happening around me while i was reading his books. Isn't that what all great books do to us? And because of it, I was torn between prolonging my pleasure with reading this book for a little longer or reading it in one sitting. Finally, m ...more
Depois de A sombra do vento e O jogo do anjo, veio O prisioneiro do céu. Ao terminar a última página deste livro, o primeiro pensamento que me passou pela cabeça foi 'Só isto?'. Zafón habituou-me a uma leitura intrigante, impossível de parar, sempre rodeada de mistério, acção e um romantismo a envolver toda a história. Este último livro da saga não me transmitiu nenhum destes sentimentos.

As personagens do primeiro livro voltaram ligadas a David, o protagonista de O jogo do anjo. É a primeira vez
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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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