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 owner's 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 will find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden which will change their lives forever.
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About the Author
Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the author of several novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind. His work has been published in more than forty countries, translated into thirty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards, including the Edebe Award, Spain's most prestigious prize for young adult fiction. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.
Jonathan Davis is one of the UK's leading authors and commentators on stock market investment. He is the author of Money Makers (Texere, 1998, revised Harriman House 2013), a study of the investment habits and philosophy of seven top UK investors, and Investing With Anthony Bolton, an analysis of the methods of Fidelity's legendary UK fund manager (Harriman House, 2004, revised edition 2006). He has written a fortnightly column in the Financial Times since 2007 and for 12 years before that wrote a popular weekly column in The Independent. You can subscribe to his blog and the Independent Investor newsletter via his website.
Educated at Cambridge University and MIT's Sloan School of Management, where he met and studied the methods of Warren Buffett for a Master's degree thesis, Jonathan was previously a senior business journalist at The Sunday Telegraph, The Times and The Economist. He is currently Investment Director of Agrifirma Services Ltd, advisers to a Brazilian Farmland Fund, and a Non-Executive Director of Hargreaves Lansdown plc. He holds the CFA's Investment Management Certificate.
Gorgeously translated prose...conveys a sense of adventure and danger. The bittersweet ending suits the theme and setting, offering both hope and tragedy without any pretense of fairness.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
[A] superb young adult novel...and Jonathan Davis's performance offers its own kind of magic....Carlos Ruiz Zafon's lyrical prose creates plausible characters and thrilling situations, all given substance by Davis's spot-on narration.-- "AudioFile"
Fresh, frightening, and beautifully translated.-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
Zafon is a master storyteller.-- "VOYA (starred review)"