Despite my misgivings around The Angel’s Game, I picked up this novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon the minute I saw it, on the strength of the beautiful Shadow of the Wind. Like The Angel’s Game, this novel returns to the same characters, weaving them together even more tightly than the last novel.
This novel is really the story of Fermin Romero de Torres, who works in the bookshop with Daniel Sempere, the hero of the first novel, and was imprisoned with David Martin, the hero of the second novel. While not a lot really happens – it is not so overblown as The Angel’s Game. It gives hints of more adventures to come with these particular characters, and any return to the Cemetery of Forgotten books is a welcome one.
Overall, this is a bit of a let down. An easy read, and good in places, but it lacks the magic of that first brilliant novel, leading me to wonder whether he should have simply left the characters alone after this.