Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind

By: Emily Bevelhymer

During the fall a book with an eerie and mysterious atmosphere is the perfect choice and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a book that checks both boxes.

The Shadow of the Wind is set in post war Barcelona and follows a young boy named Daniel. Daniel’s father is a book dealer and knows of a place called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Daniel’s father takes him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and allows him to pick any book he desires. Daniel picks The Shadow of the Wind by a man named Julian Carax. Daniel falls in love with the novel and sets out to find other works by Carax, but Daniel learns that someone is destroying every book Carax has ever written.

The Shadow of the Wind is an astounding novel. Carlos Ruiz Zafón paints a vivid setting of a dreary city and characters that face realtale problems all while incorporating a story line of mystery and fantasy that is sure to please anyone who decides to read The Shadow of the Wind.

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