The third in the cycle of novels that began with The Shadow of The Wind and The Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from The Shadow of the Wind have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons.
Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes, that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal, and the return of a deadly rival.
Read by Peter Kenny. As both actor and singer, Peter Kenny has worked widely in theatre and broadcasting, appearing with, amongst others, the Royal Shakespeare Company, A&BC, Coventry Belgrade, and the BBC Radio Repertory Company. He is a prolific audiobook reader. Titles include: The Wasp Factory and Look to Windward by Iain Banks.
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It lived up to the high standards of The Shadow of the Wind which I had read rather then listened to and which is great favourite of mine and those to whom I've recommended it.
Glimpses of Barcelona which I visited recently and complex background to the character Fermin from The Shadow of the Wind. As ever there is a lot of suspense and intrigue from start to finish.
The references to the Spanish Civil War were a reminder of a more brutal and painful Spain than is portrayed today.
I was hooked but made it last for several days.
I like Zafon's work; it is impossible to tell it's translated from Spanish.
A good read with interesting characters
The story flows well and describes the characters well, I have read all of this authors books and I an now waiting to see the next as I am sure he will carry on with Daniels story
Fermin comes to life and the story is mainly about him. After his hardships I wanted it to come good for him. A sympathetic character
The stag party was both a little amusing and a little sad.
Triumph of good over evil.
I always find his writing extremeley descriptive and look forward to his next book. It wouldn't,t matter if you hadn't read Shadow in the Wind but it might make you want to read Angels Game as it is mentioned several times.