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El príncipe de la niebla (Niebla #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  12,163 ratings  ·  1,373 reviews
Una misteriosa casa alberga un secreto inimaginable...

Son tiempos de guerra, y la familia Carver decide dejar la ciudad donde vive para instalarse en un pequeño pueblo costero donde han comprado una casa. Pero desde el momento en que cruzan el umbral de la puerta, comienzan a suceder cosas extrañas. En la misteriosa casa aún respira el espíritu de Jacob, el hijo de los ant...more
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Published May 15th 2007 by Planeta (first published 1986)
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Rick Riordan
A big change of pace from my nonfiction reading about World War II, The Prince of Mist is a middle grade novel by acclaimed Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I'd read Zafon's The Name of the Wind, a brilliant adult novel blending Gothic horror and magic realism, but I wasn't aware that Zafon actually began his career writing middle grade fantasies. The Prince of Mist was his first book, and it did not disappoint.

The war in Europe plays only a background role in the book, much as it does in The L...more
Raina
Wow, I am NEVER. EVER. going to watch Paranormal Activity.

Several scenes early in this book were SO SCARY that I had to put the book down to read something lighter to de-creep myself before I could fall asleep*. So, at least until I start living with other people again, I'm not allowed to read/watch anything scarier than this. :)

So yeah, it's creepy. As soon as the creepiness is explained, I was fine, so it really was just a few early scenes, but I'm an anticipation person and the unknown creep...more
Jo
3.5 stars.

“In an infinite universe, there were too many things that escaped human understanding.”


Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Um… so no one thought to ring the police or tell any grown-ups what just happened? We’re just going to look back on it as if it was just a crazy summer mad-cap adventure? Um…

High Points.
Max. I’ve been acquainted with a lot of Maxs recently and I have to say… it’s a good name. Beach houses. Roland. Alicia. Cats in wardrobes. Genuinely creepy. Beautiful writing, seriously t...more
Mish
I stumbled upon this book at my daughter’s school library thinking that it might be fun to read a magical, adventure story.

Yes there was magic and adventure, but it also had one of the scariest and horrific sounding ghost that truly frighten me. I felt sensations that I hadn’t felt in years. Reading this sent shivers up my spine, put goose pimples on my arms, and it had me screeching like a little girl.

The book starts at a nice steady pace when Max Carver’s father decides to move his wife and t...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Nice little story, although I wonder if it has enough excitement to satisfy young'uns raised on the Harry Potter series. This was Ruiz-Zafon's first novel, originally published in 1992, so don't expect the depth and genius of The Shadow of the Wind. Still, there are a lot of elements I think will appeal to kids: the weird cat, the sunken ship, the old film reels, the clown (somewhat reminiscent of Stephen King's Pennywise).

The first half of the book is fairly ordinary. I kept wondering when it...more
Milica
Prva Safonova knjiga koju sam pročitala i imam samo reči hvale za nju. Iako je pre svega namenjena, kako sam pisac kaže, tinejdžerima, nema nikakvog tinejdžerskog preispitivanja, spasavanja sveta ili ljubavnih mnogouglova. U pitanju je gotik roman smešten u vreme Drugog svetskog rata, kada porodica trinaestogodišnjeg Maksa beži pred užasima rata u malo primorsko mesto. Mesto obavijeno maglom i misterijom. Iako naizgled već mnogo puta viđena priča, Safon ju je ispričao veoma lepim i jednostavnim...more
Maria
“O Príncipe da Neblina roubara-lhe o melhor amigo de infância, a única mulher que amara e, por fim, furtava-lhe cada minuto da longa maturidade, transformando-o na sua sombra.”

Mais uma vez, Zafón brinda os seus leitores com uma história misteriosa, cheia de cinzentismo, e com algum terror à mistura.

Tudo começa quando a família do jovem Max se muda para uma pequena cidade à beira-mar, na tentativa de uma fuga de uma chamada para a Guerra que se avizinha. No entanto, outras guerras escondidas virã...more
Kat Heckenbach
First of all, this book is labeled YA but it reads like a middle grade book. Other than one scene in which the main character spies on his sister and sees her making out with a boy, the whole book is written for a younger audience than YA. And btw, I'd probably call it 2.5 stars.

And yes, as some of the negative reviews say, this book is full of plot holes. Big ones. Things that should have been explained, but never are--like how the statue garden came into existence. It drove me NUTS that I neve...more
Wulfette Noire
OMG! I love and can't out down Zafon's Shadow of the Wind, so I was excited when I finally found the English translation of his first published novel, Prince of Mist. Zafon's writing put me right into the character's soul, describing everything in such a way that I can almost feel and see what the characters are seeing and feeling.

The story starts out in a light note, though war was mentioned several time, the main character, Max, is a young teenager whose point of view is both innocent and posi...more
Blair
The latest of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's works to be translated into English is also the first book the author had published. It was originally intended for teenagers, but this edition is clearly being marketed towards the author's adult fans; it has the same cover design as his adult titles, and a preface explains that it is designed to be enjoyed by readers of any age. I didn't go into this with high expectations, and I expected it to be kind of immature, but I still found it very disappointing.

The s...more
Michael
I loved Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s book The Shadow of the Wind, so I was eager to try some more of his works. I knew this was one of his Young Adult books so I didn’t expect the same level as excitement from this book, but I probably did expect a lot more. While The Prince of Mist is full of adventure, magic and gothic themes, I kind of felt like there was a lot missing from the story and maybe it was rushed a little too much. I understand the idea of having short books for the Young Adults but this bo...more
Laura
Read by Jonathan Davis
Length 6.0 hrs • UNABRIDGED

Being a big fan of Zafon's books, I didn't hesitate when I found The Prince of Mist.

Even if it's a ghost story, with some supernatural hints, it's a YA novel, a genre I don't appreciate that much nowadays. I wasn't aware of this fact before I started to listen to this audiobook.

In this way, I'll leave the series "Mist" (this first book is more than enough) and I will keep track of the trilogy The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
Linda
“Shadow of the Wind” was the first and “The Angel's Game” the second book that I read by Zafon. I wanted to read his earlier works and found that they were all young adult selections. This book, "The Prince of The Mist" was a very good and very fast read for youth. It is full of ghosts, adventure, mystery and intertwining relationships. The main characters seemed believable and I was able to connect with their developing relationships. I would recommend this book to young readers. For all reader...more
Joana
Este conto, o primeiro de uma trilogia, alicerça-se em elementos que já são habituais nos livros de Zafón: neblinas, um relógio cujos ponteiros recuam no tempo, um jardim de estátuas que se movem, vozes que sussurram e espectros que assombram os vivos.

Talvez por ter tido origem nas primeiras ideias que Zafón desenvolveu enquanto escritor (como o próprio afirma no prefácio), este é um livro com poucas páginas, no qual não abundam os pormenores ou a contextualização. Aliás, quando chegamos à últim...more
Ben Babcock
I saw this on a library shelf and fell prey to their assertion that, having read The Shadow of the Wind , I should read this too. Blair’s review is spot-on when she says “the story begins promisingly” but then “the book soon begins to get quite silly and more and more plot holes and unanswered questions pop up”. The Prince of Mist suffers from being, ultimately, a story without a heart. Carlos Ruiz Zafón tries to create characters for the reader to care about, but the central conflict and antago...more
Caroline
I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book!!

Everything I loved from The Shadow of The Wind is there, with a paranormal young adult spin (aka *perfection*). I loved following Max and his sister Alicia through this adventure. The characters are very well described and they feel so real with their tiny flaws and habits that it is a real pleasure to read. This book has the atmosphere of old gothic/horror novels where the characters are in a pretty regular setting and then something un...more
Maria
Depois de um momento de indecisão face à compra deste livro ou de "Marina", do mesmo autor, optei por comprar este. Já há bastante tempo que o tinha na minha wishlist, desde que foi publicado em português, mas ainda não tinha decido apostar na sua compra. A semana passada decidi fazê-lo.

O primeiro livro que li deste autor foi "A Sombra do Vento", que é soberbo. Por isso, sei que vai ser dificil conseguir ler outro livro do autor que se possa comparar à Sombra do Vento ou até ultrapassar. É raro...more
Sean
This book was a lot easier for me to read than The Shadow of the Wind, if only because it's a more straightforward fantasy story and less pretentious and caught up in itself. On the other hand, it's not really a very good book. The plot wanders and has far too many dead ends, illogical occurrences (and YES, I would argue that even fantasy stories should follow some sort of logic), repetitious actions and descriptions, a caricature for a villain, and parents who are mysteriously absent for half t...more
Kristen
Why I read this: It was highly recommended to me by a friend - can't remember who though.

Plot: Absolutely fantastic. This book is a paranormal thriller set during WWII. A family moves to a town on the beach - one that has a history of a mysterious shipwreck. Creepy things start happening and it's up to Max and Alicia (brother and sister) to find out what is going on with the help of a native boy named Roland. I was definitely creep-ed out quite a bit reading this book and I loved the twists and...more
Nikki
I don't know why I keep wanting to try Carlos Ruiz Zafón's work again: I wasn't that impressed by The Shadow of the Wind, if I remember rightly. But I suppose I saw some potential there, and I definitely see it here, in the first book he published. It's aimed at a younger audience, and has a lot less pretension. It is a fairly simplistic story, even quite predictable, but it kept me turning the pages.

The translation is a reasonable one, though there does seem to be something lost in translation...more
Petra
Čovječe, nakon što sam toliko toga čula o Carlosu Ruizu Zafonu odlučila sam uzeti jednu njegovu knjigu u knjižnici. Čula sam da je Sjena vjetra najbolja, ali je trenutno nisu imali pa sam uzela ovu.
Po opisu se činilo kao još jedna dječja knjiga puna misterija gdje se zlikovci svladaju uz pomoć domišljatosti i svi završe sretno. Kako mi je drago i žao u isti mah što to ova knjiga nije bila.
Otkad sam je počela čitati priča me jednostavno uvukla u sebe. Odlični opisi i atmosfera imali su na mene vi...more
Teresinha
Ach Zafón, máte ho rádi? Bavila vás Marina nebo Stín větru? Mě moc! Kníže z mlhy je takový „mladý“ Zafón. Už v předmluvě říká, že je to knížka „pro mládež“, kterou by on sám rád tehdy v tom věku četl. A tak to je. Tahle knížka je útlá, přesto se toho v ní spousta semele, pěkně po zafónovsku. Sice tu tentokrát není Barcelona, ale tajuplné a ponuré a trochu děsivé je to stejně jako jeho ostatní příběhy. A musím říct, že konec mě zaskočil. Nečekala jsem ho. A napjatě čekám na další díl!
Henrik
This is a nicely told story. As a whole, though, I wasn't impressed. That is no doubt because it's a story aimed at a (much) younger audience than me. I can appreciate that and the story's value in that light.

All in all this coming-of-age story only have a few hints of the writer who later penned the brilliant THE SHADOW OF THE WIND. But that is OK. It's an OK good yarn.
Lofinkaa *True Hurts*
This novel is the author's first work, as as he writes in the preface. He was about twenty years old and had no publisher. Therefore he signed his book to a literary competition... and won. His goal was to write a book that will appeal to readers in twelve years or calmly at eightly years. Still, this book seemed to my like too much childlike. I personally wouldn't set a limit so low, children like clowns at that age after all.

When the reader opens the book, he will notice large letters at first...more
Andrea Vlasic
Sinoć dovršila Princa magle, prvu Zafonovu knjigu (i prvi dio trilogije). Knjiga mi je super, iako se vidi da ju je pisao neki "mlađi Zafon", dosta mi baca na Kinga... ali kako taj čovjek ispriča priču da je jednostavno vidim sve kao na filmu, svaki detalj vidim iako ih on ni ne opisuje... Ne znam, priča ima sve, brzo se čita, zanimljiva je i lako pisana. Nije nadahnjujuća kao Sjena vjetra, ali svakako je ljubitelji Zafona trebaju pročitati, ali i općenito sva mlađa populacija koja i ne poznaje...more
Christine
It practically physically hurts to give this book this review, because Carlos Ruis Zafron's Shadow of the Wind is one of my all-time favorite reads.

What went wrong? One of my major gripes is how listless and lifeless the prose is. I have no idea whose fault this is - Zafron's or his translator's - but everything just hits so dully. There's no excitement. It's all very matter-of-fact. "And then this happened. Then this."

There's a tremendous amount of telling, not showing. The characters constantl...more
Rain Misoa
Apr 29, 2013 Rain Misoa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure seekers and people who don't mind bullshit romances.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Another read I was pleased with. I stumbled up this book at the library and I recognized the author's name. So, I took it home. I didn't even realize it was Carlos Ruiz Zafón's first book. That was a pleasant surprise because it doesn't feel like it's his first novel. The book is written so well; written as if it's by a veteran writer. It's short but it's filled with action and suspense. You'll want to keep reading until you unravel the mystery of what's happening in this village by the beach. T...more
Kathleen Houlihan
This book (in translation) drove me crazy. I was on a train, so didn't have much choice but to finish it. I really liked the premise, but several things seemed off to me.

First, the characters. The way the children related to one another didn't seem realistic in the slightest. The words they used and the phrases seemed completely foreign to a 12 year old -- I don't know if this is because children from Zafon's native Spain talk like 40 year olds, but American children never would, so it was jarr...more
Filipe Dias
Já conhecia o autor, mas somente de ver os livros dele nas estantes de livrarias e postos de vendas. Este foi o primeiro livro que li de Zafón, e digo o primeiro porque fiquei rendido e quero ler mais. Mas vamos ao livro.
Ao ler o título e a sinopse percebi que se trataria de uma fábula, de um conto do género fantástico, com príncipes e magia, etc... E foi isso que vim a comprovar.
Quando a família de Max se muda para a casa nova nota-se desde o início que há um mistério no ar, algo que não bate c...more
Patrícia
Um relógio que recua o tempo, um cemitério de estátuas que se movem à brisa do vento, uma família que procura refúgio face uma guerra que poucos indícios de término apresenta. O Príncipe da Neblina é um romance fantasmagórico cuja áurea sombria se estabelece num Prólogo acolhedor e se perpétua muito para além do virar da última página. Um livro algo místico, escrito com profunda delicadeza num floreado próprio de um autor experiente, onde um leque muito restrito de intervenientes experiencia a a...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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