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El príncipe de la niebla (Niebla #1)

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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
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Published May 15th 2007 by Planeta (first published 1986)
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Rick Riordan
Dec 20, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Franco  Santos

Buen libro. Tiene sus errores, el inicio es bastante lento, el final se me hizo largo, pero tiene ese toque Zafón que tanto me encanta.
Jim Fonseca
Who would have thought that Zafon, best known for The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game, started his writing life as a young adult author? Now that he has achieved fame his publisher is bring these back in English translation, some of which won YA awards in Spain. I picked it up without knowing it was a YA book.

The story is a spooky mystery based around the main character, a pre-teen boy, his older sister and the boy’s older friend. It is set in a coastal village in Spain just before WW II
Feb 06, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge #27 A book you can finish in a day

I wish I had read it when I was 12. This is just the perfect mystery for the young ones.
Seriously people, read a Carlos Ruiz Zafon book, asap! His style is unique.

"Habrían de pasar muchos años antes de que Max olvidara el verano en que descubrió, casi por casualidad, la magia."

Hace ya un rato que quería releer este libro porque DIOS SANTO con la reseña que tenia antes XD Susto al miedo! Ademas quería leer algo bueno y corti
Jan 24, 2016 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading, favorites
Original read: June 2012
Re-read: January 2016
Some samples of the beautiful writing:

“Age makes you notice certain things. For example, I now know that a man’s life is broadly divided into three periods. During the first, it doesn’t even occur to us that one day we will grow old, we don’t think that time passes or that from the day we are born we’re all walking toward a common end. After the first years of youth comes the second period, in which a person becomes aware of the fragility of life
Jun 19, 2012 Raina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Ruiz book and it was fantastic! I recommend the audio book, it was very well done and even features music from Ruìz's own compositions. It almost had an Alfred Hitchcock feel to it. Just really good!
Nov 19, 2011 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, for-review
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
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
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
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
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
Nov 24, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
“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
Alvaro Acevedo Barrios
Si no cuentan los días que estaba en exámenes, sería el libro que he leído más rápido en estos días. Sí, la universidad quita tiempo.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, aunque es su primera obra si no me equivoco, es capaz de crear un escenario tan creíble para el lector. Toda la vida admiraré su prosa. Además, en este libro, introduce algo de suspenso que, evidentemente, está muy bien planteado.
Le iba a dar un puntaje de 3.5 porque sentí que los momentos del bote fueron más largos que los de suspenso. Sin embar
Quique Castillo Aguilera
Fantástica trama y fantástico modo de mantener la tensión. He disfrutado mucho su lectura y lo he devorado en poco tiempo porque realmente me ha enganchado. Muy recomendable para un público juvenil.
Victoria Mars
Feb 26, 2016 Victoria Mars rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiene bastante el espíritu de La sombra del viento. Las últimas páginas son para sufrir. En resumen, me encantó.
Wulfette Noire
Apr 23, 2011 Wulfette Noire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Muhammad Ahmed Siddiqui
If only I haven't read THE SHADOW OF THE WIND in the first place

Yes people exactly this is the main issue with me whenever I pick up a Zafon novel. Most of the time this thing happens in the reverse. Like if you have read an author for the first time and you hated the book then I bet you will ever give the author any chance soon for your readership of his/her next book. But not here. I adore THE SHADOW OF THE WIND so much that I expect the same perfection from every book of Zafon which is wr
May 19, 2016 LaIrish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Es el primer libro que leo fe Zafón.
Y bueno... La historia me ha encantado, muy original y con unos cambios de guión muy buenos, pero esta escrita de una forma que se hace un poco pesada leerla... No juzgo al.autor por eso, ya que esta fue su primera novela e incluso hay una nota del autor al principio del libro donde dice que es una historia que se podria reescribir porque ahora la ve fatal... De momento me ha gustado, espero en un futuro terminar la trilogia
I didn't pay much attention to genre tags or even the synopsis before I picked up this book, so the story came as quite a surprise to me!

Well-written with an interesting storyline that keeps you wondering for a great deal of the book.

Max didn't strike me as the typical 13-year old, in a positive way, and I enjoyed seeing him develop and grow up a little. His older sister Alicia is still pretty much a mystery and I would have enjoyed getting to know more about her background, but since the book i
Norah Una Sumner
So good.

I really liked this book-it was mysterious,interesting,with great twists.I loved the characters,the story,and that ending...oh,man.


But seriously,I really enjoyed reading this,mainly because the story was very captivating,I just had to find out what will happen next and what is the truth about Orpheus and the Prince of Mist.Also,this book doesn't contain a love triangle or an irritating main/supporting character.

Overall,a really great book.

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
Marc Everdeen
Jun 21, 2016 Marc Everdeen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tras tantas veces recomendándomelo mi padre y mi amiga pelorricen por fin he dado una oportunidad al autor.

Aunque me lo esperaba más adulto y me ha parecido quizás algo simple, me ha gustado la forma de escribir el autor y la trama me ha parecido interesante, sobre todo cuando hace un giro casi al final de la novela.

La verdad es que se lee sin darte cuenta y está muy bien para despejarte de lecturas.

Realmente la nota es un 3.5/5 pero aún así está muy recomendado.
Dec 14, 2015 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Mish
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
May 07, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2015
No sabía que esperar de este libro porque no sabía de lo que trataba ni había leído nunca nada de Ruiz Zafón. Ahora, después de acabarlo, puedo decir que me ha sorprendido mucho y para bien, y que pienso leer todos los libros de este autor.
A pesar de que es un libro corto, presenta muy bien a los personajes, a los que acabas cogiendo cariño (o todo lo contrario).
Está lleno de sorpresas y a pesar de no querer acabarlo no podía parar de leer.
Estoy deseando poder empezar la segunda parte para ver
Dec 07, 2014 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's beautiful, it's simply beautiful. I feel like I want to cry, but I know I won't. However I feel like this book stole a little piece of me. I think it's impossible to not like/love Zafón's books. His writing is just wonderful, perfect and magic. He truly loves writing and we can see that in his books. Mr. Zafón thank you so much for writing so wonderfully and making these fantastic stories.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon is an author that is well known for The Shadow of the Wind. A book I have been shying away from for years because I am afraid I might not like it. And as such I have not read anything by this author. But when I found The Prince of Mist I decided I could certainly give it a try first. With not even 200 pages it is a short read. And while this is considered more for children, it is a great introduction to his writing for adults as well.

The start to this book is somewhat slow, bu
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 antag ...more
Rain Misoa
Apr 29, 2013 Rain Misoa rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 15, 2015 Janina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
MAJOR NITPICK: I have always wondered why authors like Carlos Ruiz Zafón write as if there is a need to remind everyone in every sentence of every character's full name. Does Carlos Ruiz Zafón think that his audience have the memory of a goldfish? Maybe Carlos Ruiz Zafón does. Maybe it is not Carlos Ruiz Zafón's fault and is something that is lost in translation. Whatever it is, it is flat-out distracting and annoying.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Shadow of the Wind and picked this one up, hoping th
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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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“Age makes you notice certain things. For example, I now know that a man’s life is broadly divided into three periods. During the first, it doesn’t even occur to us that one day we will grow old, we don’t think that time passes or that from the day we are born we’re all walking toward a common end. After the first years of youth comes the second period, in which a person becomes aware of the fragility of life and what begins like a simple niggling doubt rises inside you like a flood of uncertainties that will stay with you for the rest of your days. Finally, toward the end of life, the period of acceptance begins, and, consequently, of resignation, a time of waiting.” 39 likes
“Whenever it poured like this, Max felt as if time was pausing. It was like a cease-fire during which you could stop whatever you were doing and just stand by a window for hours, watching the performance, an endless curtain of tears falling from heaven.” 17 likes
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