There is an air of magical realism to Zafón's tales. The prose is robust and the dialogue rich with smart irony. But mostly, reading Zafón is great fun
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's writing is atmospheric, descriptive and totally compelling. His words draw such solid pictures in the head of the reader that the sounds, sights and smells of underground Barcelona jump from the page.
A deep and mysterious novel full of people that feel real . . . This is an enthralling read and a must-have for your library. Zafón focusses on the emotion of the reader and doesn't let go
The story has heart, menace, torture, kindness, cruelty, sacrifice, and a deep devotion to what makes humans tick . . . The Prisoner of Heaven moves like a bullet train. There are few stops along the way, and the end of one section jumps headfirst into the next, leaving you no choice but to leap and not stop running
Full of stylish writing, Gothic atmosphere and love letters to 19th-century novels
Zafón combines sincere engagement with genre tradition, with clever touches of the literary post-modern . . . This is explicitly, and joyously, a book about books, about what can be learned from them and what is lost when they are lost
The Prisoner of Heaven is the third part of the story and, like the first, is narrated by Daniel Sempere. But it too contains stories within stories, and the real narrative here belongs to the irrepressible Fermín Romero de Torres . . . Zafón's characters and dialogue are as lively and full-blooded as ever
This wonderfully atmospheric, historical mystery is an adventure story of the highest class - fast paced and stylishly written.