When first recommended this novel, I was a little unsure as to whether the fact that it is translated from Spanish into English would make it hard to understand. But this is an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a romance, mystery or action! Zafón has written this novel in a way that combines all of these genres and more.
This novel follows Daniel Sempere with his obsession with a book he saved from the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”; a huge library where he is allowed to pick one book that he must protect for its life. Daniel’s pick, or as Zafón suggests is picked by, a novel titled The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax. He then wants to find other books by the same author and when he cannot he tries to find out as much he can about him. Whilst on this mission he finds out a lot and by the end of the book we find out that he has had much the same life experiences as Julián.
While reading this novel I felt almost every emotion possible. I was taken on an amazing journey all around Barcelona and into France.This novel had me never wanting to put it down, and always wanting to know more.When you finally finish it you are left wondering if you now know too much. You are left wondering why you are upset when you know you should be happy. It is an amazing book that is well worth the time. It almost had me as obsessed as Daniel!