Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind



The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1)


Published: 2001

Format: Paperback

Pages: 520

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

(Read for the Uncovered Book Club)

This book begins in Barcelona, 1945. Daniel is 10 years old when his dad takes him to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. There he can choose a book to protect. He picks The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. After deciding to find more of his books, Daniel discovers that somebody has been destroying all copies.

This is a hugely popular Gothic mystery novel, and I was really excited to read it after seeing some of my favourite booktubers talking about it in videos. Unfortunately, I was left feeling kind of ‘meh’.

I wasn’t particularly interested in the mystery itself and I wasn’t invested in the characters. This made for a fairly average book for me. It wasn’t bad, but also wasn’t particularly memorable.

As mentioned, this is a very popular novel so it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re interested.



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