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From the bestselling author of The Shadow of The Wind, the haunting story of a ghostly ship and an age-old curse.

In 1943, Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the coast, to an abandoned house that holds many secrets and stories of its own. Behind the house Max discovers an overgrown garden surrounded by a metal fen
Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 28th 2011 by Phoenix (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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
Leio tudo o que encontro de Carlos Ruiz Zafón. E é sempre muito bom.
Este pequeno livro de 64 páginas é uma verdadeira preciosidade. Contém três contos (relatos).
O primeiro – “ La Mujer de Vapor” – relata um pequeno episódio pleno de ternura.
No segundo conto – “Gaudi em Manhattan” - viajamos de Barcelona a Nova Iorque com Gaudi e assistimos a um encontro entre o arquitecto e uma figura misteriosa.
O terceiro – “Inferno” – é um olhar doloroso sobre o 11 de Setembro. Zafon descreve, de uma forma bel
“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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Florian Pekazh
Реших за първата си среща със Сафон да започна хронологично от първата му публикувана книга - "Принцът на мъглата".

Макс е обикновено момче, чието семейство е прогонено от големия град поради войната. Попадат в едно провинциално градче на самия бряг на морето, където баща му купува къща с ужасяваща история. Самото място изглежда изключително скучно, докато Макс не среща момче на име Роланд, с което почти веднага стават приятели. Към тяхната група се присъединява и Алисия, голямата сестра на Макс.
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.
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Elena Köhler
Normalmente considero 4 estrellas como un nueve. Sin embargo a este libro le doy un 8. Me ha gustado mucho, es un libro fácil de leer y contado con un vocabulario sencillo y directo.
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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
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