The Labyrinth of the Spirits

The Labyrinth of the Spirits

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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New York Times bestseller

One of O: The Oprah Magazine's 15 Favorite Books of 2018

A Library Journal Best Book of 2018

The internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author returns to the magnificent universe he constructed in his bestselling novels The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and The Prisoner of Heaven in this riveting series finale—a heart-pounding thriller and nail-biting work of suspense which introduces a sexy, seductive new heroine whose investigation shines a light on the dark history of Franco’s Spain.

In this unforgettable final volume of Ruiz Zafón’s cycle of novels set in the universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, beautiful and enigmatic Alicia Gris, with the help of the Sempere family, uncovers one of the most shocking conspiracies in all Spanish history.

Nine-year-old Alicia lost her parents during the Spanish Civil War when the Nacionales (the fascists) savagely bombed Barcelona in 1938. Twenty years later, she still carries the emotional and physical scars of that violent and terrifying time. Weary of her work as an investigator for Spain’s secret police in Madrid, a job she has held for more than a decade, the twenty-nine-year old plans to move on. At the insistence of her boss, Leandro Montalvo, she remains to solve one last case: the mysterious disappearance of Spain’s Minister of Culture, Mauricio Valls.

With her partner, the intimidating policeman Juan Manuel Vargas, Alicia discovers a possible clue—a rare book by the author Victor Mataix hidden in Valls’ office in his Madrid mansion. Valls was the director of the notorious Montjuic Prison in Barcelona during World War II where several writers were imprisoned, including David Martín and Victor Mataix. Traveling to Barcelona on the trail of these writers, Alicia and Vargas meet with several booksellers, including Juan Sempere, who knew her parents.

As Alicia and Vargas come closer to finding Valls, they uncover a tangled web of kidnappings and murders tied to the Franco regime, whose corruption is more widespread and horrifying than anyone imagined. Alicia’s courageous and uncompromising search for the truth puts her life in peril. Only with the help of a circle of devoted friends will she emerge from the dark labyrinths of Barcelona and its history into the light of the future.

In this haunting new novel, Carlos Ruiz Zafón proves yet again that he is a masterful storyteller and pays homage to the world of books, to his ingenious creation of the Cemetery of Forgotten, and to that magical bridge between literature and our lives. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062668714
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Series: Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 10,844
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of eight novels, including the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed Cemetery of Forgotten Books series: The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven, and The Labyrinth of the Spirits. His work, which also includes prizewinning young adult novels, has been translated into more than fifty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous awards and reaching millions of readers. He lives in Los Angeles.

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The Labyrinth of the Spirits: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a tapestry of historical threads expertly woven with intrigue. In spite of man's inhumanity to his /her fellow man, complicated heroes emerge from the shadows against a literary landscape. It all takes place in Spain, principally with several generations of the same families in Barcelona. Loved it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found the book to be intriguing from the very beginning. Fascinating characters. Hard to put down. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zafon makes language musical.
Thebooktrail-com More than 1 year ago
I have been so excited for this novel to come out in the English speaking world. I admit I had read it before in Spanish as well, I couldn’t wait for it to come out in the UK, but kudos to Lucia Grave who translated it! Brilliantly done and in a way which totally captures the magic of the original and even adds a little magic of its own. You do read this with a bit of sadness however as it’s the final novel in Zafon’s The Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet but you are in for one heck of a treat. Best to start with Book One – The Shadow of the Wind which is one of my favourite books of all time if not the favourite. We’re back with Daniel and the Cemetery of Forgotten books and the Spanish cover has a young boy gazing into the shop window which I found to reflect how I felt about reading this book. You gaze like an excited child dying to go inside and experience the magic. I was not disappointed. It’s not just a revisit however for there is more of Zafon’s magic in the Gothic city of Barcelona. Meeting Zafon’s latest creation, Alicia Gris, was a memorable moment. She has to be one of the most extraordinary characters ever to be captured on the pages of a novel. And an epic novel at that. Daniel is now a young man (running that most exciting of bookshops Sempere and Sons) and is now married with a child of his own. but this makes his search for his own mother even more urgent and enter Alicia who will be a part of this final journey for the truth I read it slow -painstakingly slow infact as once I was back in this world I didn’t want to leave it. I now feel bereft, but all my questions and worries about Daniel and co have been answered and addressed. I was particularly excited to read about how Fermin arrived in Barcelona and his backstory to the present day! It’s a captivating conclusion, a maze like series of puzzles and clues which suit the setting of the maze like streets of Barcelona. Some new exciting and mysteries locations in the city appear here too. Oh what else can I say? This is not just a novel you have to read but a journey you HAVE to go on. This HAS to be a film. It’s such an epic immersive and brilliantly written read. I was spellbound reading this. Excited to return to the Cemetery of Books, back with old friends and meeting new ones. The gothic streets of Barcelona are the perfect setting for the maze of secrets and puzzles contained within the plot. Dazzlingly brilliant!
GeneticBlue More than 1 year ago
How quickly can I write a review? Apparently, loving all of Zafon’s previous works and picking this gem up on release-day (why couldn’t it be sooner?), I tore into it like a starving lion. Needless to say, after shutting myself away from the world next to an open window and a mini fridge stocked with cheese, ham and Vanilla Coke, I just finished. Absolutely fascinating. In the end, there are still many questions in my mind, but just like Dark Souls lore, I love the open interpretation. It can be enjoyed freestanding, as I take it, or as the end of an amazing Classic Barcelona tale, complete with mystery, supernatural elements and possibly mental illness. And it is absolutely beautiful. Thank you, Carlos!
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PaulAllard More than 1 year ago
Wow! A hell of a read! Excellent novel, beautifully written. This long volume brings to a close the series started in The Shadow of the Wind. I read The Shadow in the Wind a long time ago and enjoyed it but haven’t read the two books that followed it. This latest novel takes place mainly during the Franco regime and revolves around Alicia Gris, agent for the Government, embarking on the case of a Minister who has mysteriously disappeared. The book also still involves the Sempere family but Alicia is the main character and catalyst. The plot involves all the worst aspects of living under a Fascist regime including betrayal, murder, torture amongst others. The style is literary and witty and makes the experience well worthwhile, resulting in a wonderful novel, highly recommended.