This is one of those days! Here is why.
When strangers and friends ask me to recommend one book, I invariably ask several questions to try and narrow down what might work best for each individual. It is always a great conversation. The funny thing is though, for most of those people I talk with and the multiple genres that are brought up, I end up suggesting one book—The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
It is a rare book, one that millions of readers have fell in love with during the last decade. It is a coming of age tale, a mystery, a romance, a fantasy, and a love letter to books and book lovers everywhere. It is so beautifully written, its prose makes me question whether or not I should even continue writing. That’s powerful and it’s the reason I re-read every year or two.
The Shadow of the Wind has a direct sequel publishing next week. In fact, it has reportedly been spotted in bookstores already. It is titled The Prisoner of Heaven and also features Wind’s main character Daniel Sempere and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
To celebrate this new book, Carlos Ruiz Zafon has written a short story titled The Rose of Fire, only available in electronic formats and set in the fantastic world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Here is a bit more about The Rose of Fire:
Set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition in the fifteenth century, Rose of Fire tells the story of the origins of the mysterious labyrinthine library, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which lies at the heart of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s novels The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and now The Prisoner of Heaven.
For those of you who read Shadow of the Wind, you will definitely want to check this new e-short story out. It’s fantastic and carries the same literary genius that fills Zafon’s books. Want to know the origins of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books? Here you go!
Now to go out and get my copy of The Prisoner of Heaven…
The Rose of Fire is available on all ebook formats!