Title: The Shadow of the Wind
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Summary: Daniel, a young boy growing up in post-war Barcelona, selects a book called The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax when his father brings him to a place called the Cemetery of Forgotten books. Daniel reads the entire book in one night and is completely captivated. He searches for other books by the author, but discovers that someone has been systematically destroying all novels by the author Julián Carax. Daniel is sent on an adventure discovering the history of Carax. The novel becomes a story within a story as Daniel uncovers more and more about the life, love, and mystery of Julián Carax.
Six Word Review: Written beautifully, captivatingly descriptive, creative storyline.
I started reading because: I was looking for a longer novel that had historical elements.
I would give this book 10/10 stars because it’s a thrilling story with complex plots and fascinating characters.
I loved the way the author described things and constructed the story. I hated how complicated the plot was. I read it during the school year so I wasn’t able to read it in lengthy sittings and it sometimes weeks passed before I was able to pick it up again so I kept forgetting important details.
If Daniel was in a high school yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Become A Private Investigator.
Anything else we should know? If history and english are two of your favorite subjects, this book is for you.
–Regina, 17, West Seattle