Thursday, 2 June 2011

Throwback Thursday #10: The Angel's Game

This is a great feature that Melissa at My words and pictures has been doing for a while and I wanted to jump on board! There are plenty of books out there I desperately want...

But what about all those wonderful books that are ALREADY on my shelves?
The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man - David Martin - makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Then David receives the offer of a lifetime: he is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home...

One of my favourite books in 2009 was The Shadow of the Wind - it was creepy, atmospheric, had a great combination of history, mystery and romance. This is another book by the same author set around the same time and involves the Cemetry of Forgotten Books again. I snapped up a copy when it came out in paperback but just haven't felt in the mood for it yet - I'm half worried that it won't be as good as I remember Shadow of the Wind was!
Have you read it? What did you think? 


  1. Haven't even heard of it. But awesome cover. It makes me shiver.

  2. I loved both... He is an amazing writer... I have all of his books... One I highly recommend is called "Marina"... But I think is only in spanish... It's a YA book, and I just loved... It's really dark and mysterious... And also takes place in Barcelona.

  3. Shadow was epic, this one not so much but it was still great :)

  4. I have never heard of this book. Thank you for sharing it. It sounds great, and spooky too. ;) Great pick this week!