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The Labyrinth of the Spirits

(El cementerio de los libros olvidados #4)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  16,670 ratings  ·  2,268 reviews
Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop, is happily married and has a son. No longer the child who discovered the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he is still haunted by the mysterious death of his mother when he was six years old. Meanwhile his best friend and accomplice, Fermin, is about to marry the love of his life. But something appears to be ...more
Hardcover, 832 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by W&N (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…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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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
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 a/>The
Sean Gibson
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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 include the wonderful young
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, i-own-it, 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 upon a seco[4.5 ...more
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 out? Because Zaf
May 28, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been waiting, simmering, slowly dying for this book. It is finally coming out and I couldn’t be happier.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon wrote one of my favourite books of all time - The Shadow of the Wind.

If you haven’t read that... well, you know what to do. A book about books. You cannot go wrong with that at all.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
'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 devou ...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
 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...
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
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 episode and ...more
Brittany (UnderTheRadarBooks)
Better than I ever could have hoped. Will forever be my favorite book series.
Jessica Jeffers
This was good....but it didn't need to be 600 pages long. Sorry, it kind of dragged in spots. Full review to come.


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.
(see English review below)

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. Najznačajniji novi
1) The Shadow of the Wind ★★★★★
2) The Angel's Game ★★★★★
3) The Prisoner of Heaven ★★★

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

I have a new favorite book series. While the third book did disappoint, the last novel of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books went back to being amazing. Yes, the first book is the best, I won't argue with anyone about that, but I also loved the second and fourth books. The author has an incredible talent and created a story, a un/>"Stories
4.5 stars

An epic end to this wonderful series. At 800+ pages, it's a stonker that provides a feast for fans.

I've been saving this as a reward for getting through a tough February & was not disappointed. Threads from previous books are tied up as we finally learn who is responsible for what & get the back stories on beloved characters. These personal histories are mixed with plenty of action & intrigue but it's the gorgeous prose that makes it such a pleasure t
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
Aug 30, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-want

Denisa Arsene
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I feel really sorry for finishing this book and the series. I love it! All! It has everything one needs in order to feel they read a very good story: suspense, love, hate, revenge, war, secrets, books, friendship, just name it. The characters are deeply developed, the scenes are dark or bright (anyway they are magnificent) and the narrative thread follows in the past, present and future in a manner that simply spells the reader.
I loved the character of Fermín with so witty w
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
The story finally went full circle. All answers from the previous installments were finally brought to life and I enjoyed every single page of it. In the first third of the book, it might be a bit hard to connect to the story and new lead Alicia, but in the end, all of it payed off. While the end may seem a bit anticlimactic, it still serves justice to the overall plot.

The plot happens few years after Daniel and Beatrice got married, starts in Madrid, but ends up in Barselona, our old friend. W
Jon Recluse
The final chapter in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series follows secret police investigator Alicia Gris, scarred body and soul, as she takes one final case, and finds herself following a deadly trail which begins with a rare book that leads her back into the shadows of Barcelona's dark past, to the horrors of Franco's fascist regime....and even greater evils that some will commit any act to keep hidden.
A brilliant literary thriller that captures a pitch perfect sense of time and place,
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2018
The final installment in the series that starts with Shadow of the Wind, one of my favorite books ever. While all four books can be read independently and in any order, it helps to be familiar with the characters and story lines of the previous 3 books, because they all show up here and not always with explanation. The middle 2 books are not my favorites but this one had a lot of the qualities that I loved in SOTW--- magical story-telling, wonderful characters, atmospheric setting (a mystical Ba ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm giving this 5 stars because it's a true reflection of how much I enjoyed it. As an ending to the quartet I found it both rewarding and satisfying; yes, there were some unanswered questions but they added to, not subtracted from, my overall feeling of wistful longing for more from these characters. The only character whose arc I found to be unsatisfying (and, if I'm honest, unconvincing) was that of David Martin, but that's a critique of the series as a whole, not this book in particular. ...more
I wanted to love this book more than I actually did.

It's not that it wasn't good. Or page-turning. Or unbearably deceptive. It was, as Zafón's books always are. In fact, it was perhaps too familiar. It repeated not only itself, but the entire series, constantly underlining its overused metaphors.

And it was too long. Something I thought I'd never write about a Zafón novel, but it really was. While it was never boring reading it, the story sometimes strayed a bit too far fr
Not my favourite instalment of the series, (Shadow of the Wind still remains an all time fav) but definitely an epic conclusion to the magnificent Cemetery of Forgotten Books series if ever there was one.

Back to gloriously gothic Barcelona!

I have been so excited for this novel to come out in the English speaking world. I admit I had read it before in Spanish as well, I couldn’t wait for it to come out in the UK, but kudos to Lucia Grave who translated it! Brilliantly done and in a way which totally captures the magic of the original and even adds a little magic of its own.

You do read this with a bit of sadness however as it’s the final novel in Zafon’s The Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet but you are in for o
Mostafa Mostafa
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five bright shining stars!

If you love going to libraries, wandering around and staring at book spines; if you have a love for books, pages, words and “tiny characters of ink and paper”, Carlos Ruiz Zafon wrote his quartet, The Cemetry of Forgotten Books, as a gift for you, yes you!

Zafon pays a tribute to literature that few other authors managed to do in the same way; descriptions of paper scents, fountain pens and bookish experiences that you can relate to, fill these pages and tur
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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 luces de septiembre (1(The

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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 (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #2)
  • The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)
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