Neither too geeky nor too highbrow, Zafon's genre-mashing novels provide a high-definition, alternative account of Spain's turbulent 20th-century history, with added Hollywood blockbuster thrills. I was hooked.
This is a suspenseful story of loss, betrayal and redemption.
A colossal, genre-crossing achievement... it is to be hoped that Zafon's next books deal as seriously and enjoyable with the present and future of Barcelona.
Rich, ambitious storytelling.
Sprawling, seductive and hugely atmospheric
By the author of the brilliant Shadow of the Wind, this is a good long read to relish on chilly winter evenings.
Zafón is a master storyteller, combining the postmodern and the traditional in an enchanting hymn to literature... Magnificent: a dizzying tale of drama, intrigue and passion
Moving and engaging. This is a novel to lose oneself in, and it promotes the sort of reading experience we remember from childhood - of complete absorption into a fantasy world