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The Labyrinth of the Spirits

(The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #4)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  32,431 ratings  ·  4,135 reviews
Nine-year-old Alicia lost her parents during the Spanish Civil War when the Nacionales (the fascists) savagely bombed Barcelona in 1938. Twenty years later, she still carries the emotional and physical scars of that violent and terrifying time. Weary of her work as investigator for Spain’s secret police in Madrid, a job she has held for more than a decade, the twenty-nine- ...more
Hardcover, 805 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Harper (first published November 17th 2016)
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Javier Cuevas There are cronology mistakes in all the four books. I decided to enjoy the tale as a tale and make the corrections in my mind. The story is great but …moreThere are cronology mistakes in all the four books. I decided to enjoy the tale as a tale and make the corrections in my mind. The story is great but Zafón could did a better job in the timeline.(less)
Ivette Guadalupe The last information on CRZ web it says that the book in Spanish is out 17 November 2016 in Spain. Barns and Nobles will have it on November 22nd 2016…moreThe last information on CRZ web it says that the book in Spanish is out 17 November 2016 in Spain. Barns and Nobles will have it on November 22nd 2016, but the English translation does not come out until 2018.(less)

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Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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An absorbing literary masterpiece embedded with every range of emotions.

“Tell our stories to the world, and never forget that we exist so long as someone remembers us.”

To express how much I loved The Labyrinth of the Spirits, and the entirety of The Cemetery of the Forgotten Books, is a challenging task that I never predicted would ever happen to me, but attempt it I shall. I think it’s a seriously missed but redeem
The gothic universe created in The Shadow of the Wind, and the following alleyways forged in the sequels culminate in this finale, where all the threads connect to illuminate the horrors, secrets, and terrors of the harrowing and heartbreaking years of the Spanish Civil War and Franco's dictatorship that overturned democratic rule, aided and abetted by the Catholic Church. I loved The Shadow of the Wind and the universe it established with The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, but the following two b ...more
Lucy Langford
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The hope every maker of tales carries within: that readers will open their hearts to these little creatures made of ink and paper, and give them a part of themselves so they can be immortal, even if only for a few minutes.

An absolutely amazing and spellbinding book to finish off the "Shadow of the Wind" quartet. This book draws on old characters and new, strung together into a intricate interconnected web of a plot that had me absolutely gripped. We get to see the beloved Barcelona in all
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: death, favorites
So write what has never been said. Let your heroes do what no one has done
Zafon responds to us denouncing: Have you ever met someone who did or wrote what was not written yet? I write your life: as a reader
The circle of labyrinth is closed.. and every writer leaves a part of his soul lost forever between his lines; destinies are intertwined and ends intertwine between vengeance and poetic justice؛ sacrifice and eternal friendships;
We leave the cemetery of the forgotten books. With  three authors
Sean Gibson
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to know exactly what to say about a story that’s about stories that are, in turn, about stories.

Ruiz Zafon’s magical (if occasionally frustrating) Cemetery of Lost Books quadrilogy defies easy categorization. Is it a thriller? Well, it’s certainly suspenseful. A mystery? It’s got unanswered questions in droves, and people trying to tease out answers. A romance? It’s got passion aplenty, and meet-cutes galore. Historical fiction? Intricate details of the Spanish past abound, and Barcel
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
5 amazingly wonderful stars
My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

This book is the fourth and the last installment of the series that started with The Shadow of the Wind published in 2001 and which went on to be a best seller. Continuing this series was another outstanding book The Angel's Game followed by The Prisoner of Heaven. All of these presented to the reader the underbelly of Barcelona during and after the terror reign of Franco. The characters written of in
​This book was too freaking long. This book was freaking amazing and not nearly long enough!

For the first 250 pages or so, I just could not get into this book. I was cursing the author and publisher for such a lengthy book. Too long, too much information. 805 pages?? -- Could we really not edit it down a bit? Would it hurt something to leave out some of the characters' stories or details of their lives? Would the reader curl up and die if a few of the descriptions and back stories were left ou
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, translated
[4.5 stars] What a bittersweet moment: ending a series you adore, especially the follow up to a book you love with your whole heart. There's no way a book like that can live up to what you've conjured in your mind, but Zafon came close. At times it was a bit overwrought and dragged slightly, but I loved the conclusion and any time it connected to the other books in the series. Re-reading this series will absolutely reward itself, and I imagine I might even enjoy the different installments more u ...more
★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

From the blatant sexism pouring through each page to its bloated plot, The Labyrinth of the Spirits offers an inadequate conclusion to what I considered to be an entertaining series. If anything this disastrous farewell has made me reevaluate the whole Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. I vaguely remember finding the female representation in these books to be somewhat questionable. The women are passive, mere love interests. So, initially I was pretty excited to read The Labyrinth
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this last book in the series. Very complicated web of stories that I wouldn’t be able to reproduce. I feel I should go back and read the whole series again to fully appreciate them.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Labyrinth of the Spirits' is the fourth and final installment in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. I don't mind telling the world that this happens to be one of my favourite series of all time, and Carlos Ruiz Zafon is very much criminally underrated in my view. Having loved the previous three books, I was hoping to be completely blown away once again by Zafon's superb storytelling ability. It's safe to say he didn't let me down, and this lived up to my incredibly high expectations. O ...more
Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s “The Shadow of the Wind” is arguably my favourite book ( I have multiple editions, and every time I see it at a used bookstore, I buy it and give it to someone because the sight of this book alone on a shelf makes me want to find it a good and loving home. Every time a new installment of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series came out, I ran to the bookstore to get a copy and locked myself in to devour it. To say that my expectations an ...more
Andrew Smith
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I suppose you could read this novel as a standalone piece, and the same could be said of the other three books in this series. But to me that just doesn’t make sense. Equally nonsensical to me is the author’s assertion that the books can be read in any order. Really? I’ve read many series in random order and sometimes that works just fine but occasionally you come across one that relies quite heavily on a pre-knowledge of prior events or of characters who have graced the pages in an earlier epis ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Instant masterpiece. Reading The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is just like putting a jigsaw puzzle together--the more you read, the more you get a whole new perspective on the lives of the characters. Passionate leading and supporting characters that are all equally meticulous and obsessed with literature. Even the setting itself--Barcelona, beautiful and gloomy, is just as majestic as any of the characters in the series. Perfect gothic environment.
 Irma Sincera
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people have Harry Potter books, I have my Cemetery of Forgotten Books and Fermin. The writting, the humor, the characters, the plot - pure perfection. I am really sad that this is the final book in the series, deep down I hope that will change :( . Couldn't put down this book, 800 pages was nothing, I wanted more... ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always a pleasure to read one of Zafon's books! I enjoyed being back in the atmoshpere of his gothic Barcelona full of mysteries and twists and turns you don't see coming! I met favorite characters from the previous books and was happy to meet new characters which I loved during this story! This book had it all and made me laugh, cry, angry and emotional while reading it. Zafon is an excellent storyteller and once again he proved it in the last instalment of The cemetery of forgotten books ...more
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For such a long book I don't really have any strong thoughts or feelings on this which I think is reflected in my star rating.

This is the finale in a 4 book series which I can only describe as floppy. I prefer a series to be tight and so this didn't really work for me.

The majority of this book (up too 74%) is a whole new cast and id describe the plot as a political thriller. Then it ties itself up to the previous
TS Chan
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Labyrinth of the Spirits is one of the best books I've ever read. It has it all - evocative history, engrossing mystery, atmospheric setting, compelling characters, incredible emotional depth - wrapped up in writing so beautiful that it moves your soul.

"Stories have no beginning and no end, only doors through which one may enter them."

I finished reading this book earlier last week and before I had the opportunity to pen my review in praise of such magnificence, I was shocked by t
Long awaited last volume of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series finally brings everything together in a unputdownable story. Every loose thread from the previous volumes is tied up in a revelatory finale. Secrets deep hidden emerge to surface. Evil seems unleashed in a Barcelona still recovering after the war horrors.

Treason, deceit but also friendship and loyalty are intertwined in a mystery story which will keep you long awake at night.

CRZ has built a gothic world full of mystery, suspense
Content warning: sexual assault.


What in the seven circles of Barcelona was that?

Throughout reading 'The Labyrinth of the Spirits', the most-anticipated, final book of the brilliant, breathtaking 'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books' series, I was intrigued by the characters, but mostly I was bored by the slow pacing and quite frankly mundane events stringing along a rather dull mystery plot.

I tried to care, I really did, but maybe it had been too long since I'd read the previous book in the seri
Brittany (UnderTheRadarBooks)
Better than I ever could have hoped. Will forever be my favorite book series.
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
The fourth installment, fierce and enormous, spiced with perfumes from all the earlier ones, would lead us at last to the center of the mystery, uncovering all the puzzles with the help of my favorite fallen angel of mist, Alicia Gris. The saga would contain villains and heroes, and a thousand tunnels through which the reader would be able to explore a kaleidoscopic plot resembling the mirage of perspectives I’d discovered with my father in the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

Such a l
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW. A creepy, gothic setting... Murder, romance, crime, violence, betrayal, politics, mystery, oh and a loveable toddler - did I miss anything? This story takes place in postwar Barcelona, and while fictional, incorporates historical fact. This is the fourth and final book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. Highly recommended!
I love this book, but let me tell you what it isn't. The three previous novels in this series all had a gothic feel that made the mysteries in their pages feel personal in scope. Despite the backdrop of Franco's Spain, the true backdrop was a house or a shop. The third installment, The Prisoner of Heaven, gave us a foreshadowing of the shift from place to regime, but kept the focus on Fermin.

In this final installment, those mysterious places still exist but they are overshadowed by the regime.
Juan Quibrera
Mmmmm I got mixed feelings for this one. I love Carlos Ruiz Zafon, his writing and -most of all- his characters. The Shadow of the Wind is, still today, one of my all-time faves. However, this concluding novel felt...well, uneven. Some of it was brilliant, some of it was extremely corny, albeit very nostalgic. The plot (for the biggest chunk of the book) was quite convoluted and -in my opinion- contrived. There were far too many characters and a lot of filler scenes. And the book was just unnece ...more
Jessica Jeffers
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was good....but it didn't need to be 600 pages long. Sorry, it kind of dragged in spots. Full review to come.


For years, I thought The Shadow of the Wind was a standalone novel. When I learned that wasn’t the case, I ignored that information for more years. I thought The Shadow of the Wind was pretty nearly perfect on its own, and didn’t need expanded upon. I’ve read some marvelous books that should have been left alone, that had further books tacked on later that didn’t measure up to the first, and somehow manage to tarnish that first book. I didn’t want that to happen to my magical experience with The ...more
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Lavirint duhova je još jedno remek djelo gosp. Safona, koje je mnogo mračnije i komplikovanije od svih prethodnih knjiga ovog serijala. S obzirom da kada je prvi dio napisan ova knjiga nije bila planirana, Safon je odlično uklopio sve dijelove. Lavirint duhova povezuje i objašnjava prethodne tri knjige, ali i ima posebnu priču.

Radnja se dešava 1959. i počinje u Madridu gdje upoznajemo nove likove, no nekih 200ak stranica kasnije radnja se premješta u Barselonu. Najznač
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW, this book left me speechless. What a nice conclusion to the series. And while this book was 800 pages long, I felt like I would not have minded if it was even longer. When you have read the other 3 books before this one and gotten to know all the characters and know their backstory you cant help but want to know how everyone will end. This book answers all those questions and more and even tells a very excellent story on top of that. I dont recommend this book if you haven't read the other ...more
Mattia Ravasi
Series review

Alicia: *drinks wine*
Everybody else: OOOH SHE SO DARK
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón was a Spanish novelist. Born in Barcelona in 1964, he lived in Los Ángeles, United States, since 1994, and worked 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 l

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