By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Doubleday, 2009. 531 pgs. Fiction
Taking place at an earlier time but in the same dark Barcelona that was introduced in The Shadow of the Wind, Angel’s Game takes its readers on a gothic tale of impossible love, impending doom, and intriguing mystery. David Martin has locked himself within an abandoned mansion deep in the heart of Barcelona. His troubled youth and the dark atmosphere he surrounds himself in feed his imagination and produce sensational and popular novels. But the dreary house begins to seep into his consciousness. Martin finds himself becoming a part of its mystery and races to find an escape before he loses himself completely.
It is always fun to read about the magic and power of books. Both of Zafon’s recent novels are set in a world of literature that I find captivating. I recommend reading them in the order they were published since some characters and settings are revisited.