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The Prisoner of Heaven (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #3)

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Once again, internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge, set in a dark, gothic Barcelona, in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.

Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sem
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published 2011)
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Feb 08, 2016 Ryan rated it it was ok
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
Will Byrnes
Aug 24, 2016 Will Byrnes rated it liked it
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
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
Nov 28, 2016 Carlos rated it liked it
I loved this trilogy , (tetralogy, since I have now found out there is a final book that just came out , only in Spanish for not , lucky for me I read Spanish too :) ) but I digress, this third book didn't feel whole for me , it felt like there were parts missing , like somebody had a 600 page book, and then edited 350 pages out of it thinking that it made sense , while all the core elements that have made me love this series are there (the cemetery of forgotten books, the gothic mystery, recurr ...more

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.
Iako je na ovaj način zaokružio priču koju je razrađivao u prethodne dve knjige, ipak mi se sve vreme činilo kao da je Safon Zatočenika
Rebeca May
Jul 21, 2012 Rebeca May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Jul 17, 2012 Zach rated it liked it
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
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
Jul 01, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-espanha, e5
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
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
Mohammed Arabey
عودة قبل أخيرة لمقبرة الكتب المنسية، رائعة زافون
رحلة مرة اخري لكريسماس 1957 ببرشلونة ، ففي الجزء الثالث نعود لعالم دانيال ووالده سنيور سيمبر ، والاستعدادات لحفل زواج فيرمين

لكن زيارة من رجل غامض يسعي خلف فيرمين يقابل دانيال في المكتبة ، ورسالة اكثر ريبة يكتشفها دانيال في جيب معطف زوجته تؤدي إلى جلسة بين دانيال وفيرمين يحكي فيها الأخير ايامه في السجن السياسي منذ 17 عاما

لنعود لبرشلونة 1939-1940
حيث ستعرف علي علاقة فيرمين بالزائر الغريب، والاخطر ، علاقته بحاكم السجن...ذلك الطاغية الذي يستغل سجينا لدي
Dec 03, 2016 Γκέλλυ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Με το πρώτο βιβλίο του Θαφόν έπαθα πλάκα, ήταν μαγικό και παραμυθένιο. Με το δεύτερο, όχι, ήταν αρκετά σκοτεινό χωρίς να έχει όμως αυτό το σκοτάδι που με ιντριγκάρει, μου φάνηκε φλατ και ξερό και πιο λίγο σε σχέση με το πρώτο. Στο τρίτο, όλα άρχισαν να μπαίνουν στην θέση τους. Επέστρεψαν οι αγαπημένοι ήρωες του πρώτου, είχε τον ατακαδόρο Φερμίν, είχε δράση και αγωνία. Ο Θαφόν βρήκε τον καλό του εαυτό.

4 αστέρια και αναμένω την συνέχεια.
Jul 23, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it it was ok
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
Jul 13, 2016 Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanha, bib-p
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
(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
Dec 14, 2015 Maxwell rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it, 2015, translated
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
Lissett Silva 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. *_*
Alice Kellen
Jun 10, 2016 Alice Kellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo siento, no puedo ser objetiva con este hombre. Me puede su forma de escribir <3
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
Doug Bradshaw
Jul 17, 2012 Doug Bradshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2017 Susana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanhóis
(review in English below)

Depois da desilusão que foi O Jogo do Anjo, este livro reconciliou-me com o Zafón, embora tenha achado que, aqui, a escrita não é tão mágica como em A Sombra do Vento. No entanto, só o facto de ter o Fermín de volta, com as suas eloquentes e brilhantes falas, foi muito bom!

Contrariamente ao que eu pensava (talvez porque as trilogias dominam), a história não acaba aqui. Neste momento não sei se vai haver mais livros, mas eu vou ficar à espera...

After my disappointment wit
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
Oct 05, 2012 Христо Блажев rated it really liked it
“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
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
Aug 06, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μου άφησε μια αίσθηση ανολοκλήρωτου στο τέλος, ελπίζω να υπάρχει συνέχεια με βιβλίο #4, είναι κρίμα μια τόσο δυνατή ιστορία να κλείνει τόσο βιαστικά..
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
Oct 03, 2012 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
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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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El cementerio de los libros olvidados (4 books)
  • The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
  • The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
  • El laberinto de los espíritus (El cementerio de los libros olvidados, #4)

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