Thursday, August 2, 2012
Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind
The book is centered around an author, Julian Carax, and his works. After Daniel reads The Shadow of the Wind, a book by Carax, he tries to seek out other works by Carax and uncovers a rather fantastical conspiracy involving murder, the Devil, and the author himself.
The book is a fantasy (the book in the story was found in the Cemetary of Forgotten Books, a place with countless volumes), and a murder mystery/noir, and a fictional biography, and a love letter to books and reading and writing as well. It fills a lot of different roles, and does so with significant ease. Worth noting as well is that the book is a translation from Spanish, and it reads and flows beautifully in English - too often, translations lose the nature of the text, and that wasn't an issue here.
This is a book that, really, everyone should look into. Rock solid from start to finish, and it is a series, so hopefully this can lead to even more quality stories from this universe.