Sunday, 6 September 2020

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
First published in Spain in Spanish as El Juego del Angel by Planeta in 2008. English language translation by Lucia Graves published in the UK by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 2009.

How I got this book:
Bought the paperback from a charity shop

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man - David Martin - makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. 

Then David receives the offer of a lifetime: he is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home...

The Angel's Game is the second novel in Zafon's superb The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series and, while I don't think I was quite so blown away by this book as I was by both The Shadow Of The Wind and The Labyrinth Of The Spirits, it is still an amazing piece of writing. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is undoubtedly my favourite book series and I still have one of the quartet left to read!

The Angel's Game is wonderfully gothic with the history and architecture of Barcelona once again providing a stunning backdrop for its dark mystery. This story predates The Shadow Of The Wind by a generation so I gained valuable insights into characters who will take centre stage as well as being totally swept up in the haunting madness consuming David. Another brilliant Zafon novel that I should have got around to reading years ago!

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