The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Book 14

Can you believe I haven’t written a book blog post since August 31????  You might be wondering where I have been!  Well, I’ll tell you!  My husband and I are lucky enough to do some traveling for his job, so on September 1, we packed up and drove with our dog from Florida to Denver, Colorado.  We finally got to Denver last Tuesday, unpacked, got settled, and all that jazz.

Unfortunately, I thought I’d have plenty of time to read, like in the car, at the hotel, once we got to Denver, but that didn’t happen.  Therefore, I got pretty far behind in my book, “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

But now I’m done, and ready to tell you what a fantastic book this was!  “The Shadow of the Wind” hooked me from the very first moment.  The entire first chapter, “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books” could have been a short story on its own.  I was blown away by how hooked on this book I got, just by that first chapter. Not to mention, how jealous I was that the actual Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a place I would never be able to visit!

Daniel is a boy who is introduced to a book “The Shadow of the Wind” by Julian Carax when taken on a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books by his father.

“Perhaps the bewitching atmosphere of the place had got the better of me, but I felt sure that The Shadow of the Wind had been waiting for me there for years, probably since before I was born,” Daniel said (p. 7).

How truly right Daniel was.  This book catapulted him into a mystery surrounding this book that was filled with friendship, deceit, lies, love, lust, family, brutal attacks, and death.

Who was burning Julian Carax’s novels?

Why were people suddenly following Daniel on the street?

What is the story behind Fumero, the corrupt police officer who is suddenly after Daniel?

Is Julian Carax dead or alive, in Paris or Barcelona?

Will Daniel survive the solving of this mystery or will he be a casualty in the process?

One character says, “Never before have I felt trapped, seduced, and caught up in a story. . . the way I did with that book” (p. 27).  That is exactly how I felt about “The Shadow of the Wind,” completely caught up in the intrigue.

This book is not a quick, light read.  I recommend this book to those who love to read, and will take the time to think about and remember the details surrounding this mystery.  This book is well worth the time put into it!

Oh, and one of the best parts of the book is the walking tour guide provided by the author at the end of the novel.  Anyone up for a trip to Barcelona?

Thank you to my fabulous London friend Susannah for recommending this read!


I think it’s rare to be sucked into a book right at the beginning, like I was with “The Shadow of the Wind.”

What have you read that was love at first chapter?


16 thoughts on “The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Book 14

  1. Hi there – I saw your comment books j’adore’s website and had to come check out what you thought of this book. This is my favourite book – I thoroughly enjoyed it. Did you read the other 2 books yet?

    I have also done a review on this book – however it was my first book review and it’s not exactly a good post, but if you do care to check out my other book posts, you can 🙂


    • This is my only book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon that I have read, but I can tell that you’ve read and reviewed the others. I will check out (and comment on) your reviews as well! I enjoy both book blogs and lifestyle blogs, and follow them all on Bloglovin, so I added yours to my list! And if you wrote from the heart, then I’m sure your review is good!

      I’m not sure if I can say this is my favorite book, or if I even have a favorite book, but it is in my top 10 for sure. Honestly, I was impressed with how much I enjoyed the first chapter! I find it very difficult to be sucked into a book based on the first chapter, usually it takes longer, but as I said before, if the first chapter was a stand alone short story, I would have been satisfied! Although, I’m definitely happy that it wasn’t and the story continued!

      Thanks for reading and responding!



    • Yes! We didn’t know how we’d survive 4 days in the car together, but it wasn’t as bad as we expected!

      It’s worth the read, Heather, so try to get to it soon! 🙂

      Thanks for reading and commenting,



    • I love your honesty! While I greatly enjoyed the book, not everyone is supposed to love everything, and the world is a better place because people can disagree peacefully.

      Good luck if you do decide to try again! I’d be interested to know if the second time is any better.

      Thanks for reading,



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    • I don’t agree with that statement, in part. I LOVED The Prisoner of Heaven and think it’s every bit as good as The Shadow of the Wind.

      But I didn’t fall in love with The Angel’s Game. I did appreciate it more after reading The Prisoner of Heaven (it helped answer questions) but books 1 & 3 in the series were by far the best.


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