Book Review: The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the fourth and final novel in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. Mr.  Zafón is a Spanish novelist who has earned attention and awards around the world.

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I absolutely loved the previous three books in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series: The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and The Prisoner of Heaven. Of course I had to read The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and hoped to find a satisfying end to one of the finest series of books I’ve ever read. That being said, there is no need to read the previous books to enjoy this one, but I highly recommend it so you can make connections and be privy to insider’s information.

First and foremost, Férmin is back. In a series of books I love, filled with fantastic characters, Férmin is by far my favorite – not the character, but the way the author writes about him in a hilarious style one would expect to read of a Spanish peacock.

“Shortly before dawn, Férmin woke up with his hormones raging. Heeding the call, he descended on an unsuspecting Bernarda and showered her with one of his morning love specials that would leave her exhausted for a week and the bedroom furniture askew, while rousing vigorous protest from the neighbors on the other side of the wall.”

The book itself continues the haunting tradition of its predecessors. Full of intrigue and suspense with spellbinding narrative. At times the book could be dragging, but about half way through it really started to get going and was difficult to put down.

This is a fitting end to a most excellent series, the author ties up some loose ends in an engaging thriller. The only bad part is that we won’t get to visit with our old “friends” again.

Alicia Gris lost her parents during the Spanish Civil War, she was only 9 years old. Twenty years later she is a strong woman who carries her emotional wounds internally, and does her best to cope with her physical pain. Working as an investigator for Spain’s secret police she is put on a case, along with Juan Manuel Vargas, to find Mauricio Valls, Spain’s Minister of Culture.

While searching the miniter’s office, Alicia finds a rare book by Victor Mataix, who was imprisoned in the notorious Montjuic Prison at the time Valls was the warden there.

While investigating the case, starting with the rare book, Alicia and Vargas go to Barcelona uncovering an tangled web of  kidnappings , murders, and meet with the Sempere family who knew her parents.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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