Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Summary: A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret. . . .
It’s wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they’ve recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house there still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners’ son, who died by drowning.
With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the suspicious circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called The Prince of Mist—a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden, which will change their lives forever. (Via Goodreads.)
I am a big Carlos Ruiz Zafon fan! So I was delighted to receive The Prince of Mist for Christmas unfortunately I did not like it as much as I was expecting to.
Firstly, it turned out to be a middle grade novel which I’m not usually big fan of to begin with and to make it slightly worse the writing was very inconsistent throughout. Sometimes it struck me as being written for adults and then at other times I was very aware that it was written for children so that annoyed me and it did make it difficult for me to fully immerse myself in the plot.
As for the plot itself it was very entertaining. It was rich and frightening and very wonderful but the writing let it down.
The characters too were a bit odd. While being very interesting and compelling the character of Max felt too old for his supposed age and while i know some kids are more mature than there age Max felt more early twenties then thirteen.
Overall, it was an interesting read but not quite as wonderful as I wanted it to be.