“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”
The Shadow of the Wind takes place in Barcelona in 1945, in which the city is slowly recovering from the Spanish Civil War. Daniel is the protagonist, and The Shadow of the Wind follows his investigation into the mysterious book called The Shadow of the Wind by a Julian Carax, who has mysteriously disappeared along with his books. The Shadow of the Wind is a book filled with intrigue and mystery and is a story about love and loss.
I was going to give this 5 stars, but I decided against mainly due to the fact that I didn’t start enjoying it until 40% in (but I very rarely give up on a book, and to be honest I was in the middle of a reading slump when I started this). However, I am really glad I persevered through the beginning of The Shadow of the Wind because I did infact love it and I got quickly dragged into mystery surrounding Carax and his novels. In my opinion, this was written lovely and Carlos Ruiz Zafón managed to bring together all aspects of this book, both past and present, together nicely and I was very satisfied at the end. I was really fond of every character as they each had there own story to tell, but I especially loved Daniel and Fermin. I did guess some of twists, but only a couple of pages before which is good.
I really did love this book, it’s just a shame I wasn’t fully dragged in from the start, which upsets me as I don’t feel like I could give this five stars. But nevertheless, I am very happy that I did read The Shadow of the Wind, and I would recommend it, especially if you love historical fiction, and books about books! After reading this, I am curious about the next book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. However, after looking at a lot of the negative reviews, I am a tad skeptical.
This is also another gorgeous cover!