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The Midnight Palace ➪ [Ebook] ➥ The Midnight Palace By Carlos Ruiz Zafón ➵ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Calcuta, El coraz n de las tinieblas Un tren en llamas atraviesa la ciudad Un espectro de fuego siembra el terror en las sombras de la noche Pero eso no es m s que el principioEn la v spera de cumpli Calcuta,El coraz n de las tinieblas Un tren en llamas atraviesa la ciudad Un espectro de fuego siembra el terror en las sombras de la noche Pero eso no es m s que el principioEn la v spera de cumplir diecis is a os, Ben, Sheere y sus amigos de la Chowbar The Midnight PDF \ Society deber n enfrentarse al m s terrible enigma de la historia de la ciudad de los palaciosLa gente que puebla sus calles sabe que la verdadera historia fue escrita en las p ginas invisibles de sus esp ritus, en sus maldiciones calladas y ocultas.


10 thoughts on “The Midnight Palace

  1. Jeanette (Again) Jeanette (Again) says:

    My disappointment in this book can be described in three words Insufficiently explained superpowers.


  2. Sarai Sarai says:

    SPOILER ALERT I was very disappointed in this book I liked Prince of Mist, but this book was not nearly as good and I didn t think Prince of Mist was great.For one thing, Grandma does not want anyone telling Sheere that her father was a bad man But Grandma was the one who, for her whole life, has been telling Sheere that her father is a good man But she knew his spirit was hunting his children to kill one of them So why did she build him up in Sheere s mind in the first place How can Ben a SPOILER ALERT I was very disappointed in this book I liked Prince of Mist, but this book was not nearly as good and I didn t think Prince of Mist was great.For one thing, Grandma does not want anyone telling Sheere that her father was a bad man But Grandma was the one who, for her whole life, has been telling Sheere that her father is a good man But she knew his spirit was hunting his children to kill one of them So why did she build him up in Sheere s mind in the first place How can Ben and Sheere have a mystical connection because they were twins separated at birth Why did Dad kidnap Ben s friends and tie them up Why didn t he just kill them all and then kill Ben Whatever happened to their father s home Why did he build it so weird How can they believe one minute that the bad guy knows they are there, because the miniature train starts going around the tracks and has three miniature figures of them inside, and then the next minute feel they are safe enough to go to sleep in separate rooms And why is it the girl always has to be the one sacrifice herself The story was not that interesting It was difficult to follow Explanations were given in character speech, going on for pages Couldn t the author find a way to show, not tell I was actually kind of angry by the end because I really wanted to like the book and find it creepy, like Prince of Mist I don t understand why VOYA had it as a starred review The cover art is great, though.Product DescriptionIn the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery.Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat Despite monsoon force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere s sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives This time, it may be impossible to escape With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces


  3. Norah Una Sumner Norah Una Sumner says:

    Didn t really like this one.I m not really sure why.Maybe it s because I didn t like Ben,or maybe it s because I wasn t particularly interested in the story.I liked all the other characters,tho.I have to admit that I ve skimmed through the last 40 pages I just don t understand why Jawahal had to make everything so freaking complicated.Like,stop being so dramatic,dude.The ending,on the other hand,I actually really liked.It was a good conclusion to their journey Didn t really like this one.I m not really sure why.Maybe it s because I didn t like Ben,or maybe it s because I wasn t particularly interested in the story.I liked all the other characters,tho.I have to admit that I ve skimmed through the last 40 pages I just don t understand why Jawahal had to make everything so freaking complicated.Like,stop being so dramatic,dude.The ending,on the other hand,I actually really liked.It was a good conclusion to their journey


  4. Jo Jo says:

    Those places where sadness and misery abound are favoured settings for stories of ghosts and apparitionsI think I can sum up my disappointment in this book in a sentence Fantastic ideas that are described in breathtakingly beautiful prose but never explained properly.This isn t going to be a long review because I had the same problems with this book as I did with The Prince of Mist.There was just not enough explanation and, it might just be me, but I couldn t get over that I m trying soThose places where sadness and misery abound are favoured settings for stories of ghosts and apparitionsI think I can sum up my disappointment in this book in a sentence Fantastic ideas that are described in breathtakingly beautiful prose but never explained properly.This isn t going to be a long review because I had the same problems with this book as I did with The Prince of Mist.There was just not enough explanation and, it might just be me, but I couldn t get over that I m trying so hard not to delve into spoilers but so many crazy things happened throughout which would have been brilliant and were certainly unique had I just been given a reason as to why they were happening Without this, I just couldn t believe it and I wasn t sure that I understood the majority of it I don t mind suspending my disbelief and I love magical realism it s my favourite kind of realism but only when what s happening makes sense.And, to me anyway, parts of this story didn t.But anyway, enough of the negative stuff, let s move on to the positives.Because there were tons of things I liked about this book.First up I ve said it before and I ve said it again I love love looooove how Mr RZ constructs a sentence Seriously, his prose is just absolutely stunning.I ve never been to Calcutta and I don t know what the streets look like or how the mist rolls off the Hooghly River but with passages like this The further he went, thethe station made of glass and steel seemed to melt into the city a jungle of marble mausoleums blackened by decades of neglect naked walls once coated in ochre, blue and gold, their colours peeled away by the fury of the monsoon, leaving them blurred and faded, like watercolours dissolving in a pond I am instantly transported there Just gorgeous I also think that, aforementioned problems aside, Mr RZ definitely knows how to tell a thrilling story Even though I didn t understand a few bits, the ending was so gripping I ve said before that I love authors who aren t afraid to put their characters and readers for that matter through the ringer and Mr RZ is definitely not afraid to do this I was afraid, however, because I m sure he has a list of all my worst nightmares and just throws them all in to spite me And then there are his characters Even though I did get a bit annoyed by the fact that the adults are conveniently absent throughout this whole story, I loved that the children are the focus of the book With such a colourful cast, it was easy to imagine yourself in that dilapidated house and I liked how his children actually act like children, too Too often in MG YA books, the children are impossibly mature but in both of the books I ve read by Mr RZ his characters are still children in the best sense full of wonder, full of imagination, and members of secret clubs that require a password and only permit special girls to join My favourite character was Ben with his love for complex puns and his love for writing plays that are described asa phantasmal piece of gibberish in which everyone died, including the stagehands Ha I know I seem to have written a lot without actually saying anything, so I apologise I enjoyed this book a lotthan I did The Prince of Mist because there seemed to be a lotdepth to the story and the setting was absolutely gorgeous I d definitely recommend this book to people who don t need to know every single thing and who can just sit back and enjoy the book for what it is.Just because I m not one of those people, doesn t mean that you won t be Give it a try just for his prose, if anything You can read this review and lots of other exciting things on my blog here


  5. Raed Raed says:

    The only reason that I am giving this book a star is because I happen to be a Zafon s fan But seriously now, Calcutta 1930 no disrespect at all I hated the Chowbar society members, all of them and I wassympethtic to Jawahel villain but Zafon my man this thing sounded like a movie from Bollywood I mean a necklace that is split in two, twins, names written backwards I was waiting for the time when they all sang and the book went musical I understand that it is meant for teenagers and The only reason that I am giving this book a star is because I happen to be a Zafon s fan But seriously now, Calcutta 1930 no disrespect at all I hated the Chowbar society members, all of them and I wassympethtic to Jawahel villain but Zafon my man this thing sounded like a movie from Bollywood I mean a necklace that is split in two, twins, names written backwards I was waiting for the time when they all sang and the book went musical I understand that it is meant for teenagers and that you wrote it back in the 1990s But some things are better left in the past, there is no reason to bring it back again when you have written the angels game, and shadow of the wind nevertheless any book that is written by Zafon has to have quotes that are epic like, and the ones that have appealed to me are there was a time was when i too was young and did all the things young people are expected to do marry, have children, get into dept,become disappointed and give up the dreams and principles you have always sworn to uphold In a word, I became old.tactics are the collection of small steps you take to reach a position strategy, the steps you take when there s nowhere left to go in the book of life it is perhaps best not to turn back pages.there are two things in life you cannot choose,The first your enemies the second your family sometimes the difference between them is hard to see but in the end, time will show you that the cards you have been dealt could always have been worst life, dear son, is like that first game of chess by the time you begin to understand how the pieces move, you ve already lost


  6. Blair Blair says:

    Obsessive followers of my reviews come on, I know there s loads of you out there may have noted that back when I reviewed Carlos Ruiz Zaf n s previous YA novel, The Prince of Mist, I said I wasn t going to bother reading this And it s true, I wasn t But then I came across a copy in the library, and couldn t resist giving this a try, knowing it wouldn t take me long to read I m quite glad I did, as The Midnight Palace is much better than its predecessor.Like The Prince of Mist, this book was Obsessive followers of my reviews come on, I know there s loads of you out there may have noted that back when I reviewed Carlos Ruiz Zaf n s previous YA novel, The Prince of Mist, I said I wasn t going to bother reading this And it s true, I wasn t But then I came across a copy in the library, and couldn t resist giving this a try, knowing it wouldn t take me long to read I m quite glad I did, as The Midnight Palace is much better than its predecessor.Like The Prince of Mist, this book was originally intended for the teen market, but the English translation is clearly being aimedtowards the author s adult fans again, it comes with a foreword extolling its appeal to readers of all ages The story starts with Ian, now entering old age, recalling his youth in a children s home in Calcutta specifically the adventures he enjoyed with a tight knit group of fellow orphans who called themselves the Chowbar Society Flashback to 1932, when the seven friends are on the cusp of turning sixteen and leaving the orphanage to make their own ways in the world An elderly woman arrives at the orphanage with a girl of their age, the intriguing Sheere, and so begins a fantastical rollercoaster ride of an adventure It s odd that this is supposed to be the second of a trilogy, as other than some elements of fantasy and a seemingly indestructible bad guy , it has very little in common with The Prince of Mist One of the things that annoyed me the most about that book was that it was so vague, completely failing to establish any sense of time or place, and providing very little explanation of the villain s origins Here, the setting and era of the story are clear from the beginning, and the evil Jawahal is given a backstory that s perhaps too detailed, raising rather a lot of questions Naturally, since this is YA fiction, it does all get a bit silly much of the climactic action is really daft, but I didn t exactly expect shining literary brilliance, so that was fine But I did genuinely like the ending, which seemed oddly melancholy and downbeat for a teen book.A decent little read for fans of the author atmospheric, exciting and easy to get through in one sitting Maybe I ll read his next YA translation due May 2013 after all


  7. Kells Next Read Kells Next Read says:

    Who are the lunatics asked Jawahal The ones who see horror in the heart of their fellow humans and search for peace at any price Or the ones who pretend they don t see what s going on around them The world, Ben, belongs either to lunatics or hypocrites There are no other races on this earth You must choose which one to belong to.


  8. Марија Николовска Марија Николовска says:

    I don t think that I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one from the trilogy However, if I read this when I was younger, I would have absolutely adored this book.


  9. Amy Amy says:

    In my yearlong course to read everything of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, I am now into his recent YA novels, each that have a similar theme to them I loved the quartet quintent of novels that comprise the Shadow of the Wind Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series I also loved Marina There are four of these novels left, the first is the Prince of Mist This second one, called the Midnight Palace is also named Niebla 2 But I have no idea who Niebla is, nor how the books might be connected Even though they In my yearlong course to read everything of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, I am now into his recent YA novels, each that have a similar theme to them I loved the quartet quintent of novels that comprise the Shadow of the Wind Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series I also loved Marina There are four of these novels left, the first is the Prince of Mist This second one, called the Midnight Palace is also named Niebla 2 But I have no idea who Niebla is, nor how the books might be connected Even though they are extremely similar in nature and style There is a Niebla 3.The Midnight Palace does divert from the usual style as it is set in Calcutta, not Spain But all the rest of the other elements are there Children in danger, due to a dark spirit from the past, usually that falls into a familial generation line of past wrongs and misdeeds mixed with mental illness There are haunted mansions, fire, a child or children sought for death There are dark tunnels mixed with old legends It was a dark, misty, poorly constructed kind of a mess It was hard to follow, and I didn t quite like it My guess is that the last two novels will resembleof the same But I guess we will see


  10. Monique Monique says:

    As in all books by Zafon, I loved this one It had its little quirky um where d that come frommoments, but I loved it nonetheless The synopsis at Waterstones.com reads as follows 1916, Calcutta A man pauses for breath outside the ruins of Jheeter s Gate station knowing he has only hours to live Pursued by assassins, he must ensure the safety of two newborn twins, before disappearing into the night to meet his fate 1932 Ben and his friends are due to leave the orphanage which has beenAs in all books by Zafon, I loved this one It had its little quirky um where d that come frommoments, but I loved it nonetheless The synopsis at Waterstones.com reads as follows 1916, Calcutta A man pauses for breath outside the ruins of Jheeter s Gate station knowing he has only hours to live Pursued by assassins, he must ensure the safety of two newborn twins, before disappearing into the night to meet his fate 1932 Ben and his friends are due to leave the orphanage which has been their home for sixteen years Tonight will be the final meeting of their secret club, in the old ruin they christened The Midnight Palace Then Ben discovers he has a sister and together they learn the tragic story of their past, as a shadowy figures lures them to a terrifying showdown in the ruins of Jheeter s Gate station. Note I am not sure if this is a spoiler, though I don t think it really is, but I m giving you a fair warning anyway, as it has a lot to do with the foundation of the story.The first part of this book was a bit shaky, I will have to admit How many times have we heard of the story of a newborn child or children, or baby ies whose parents were murdered in cold blood by an evil person being, but which child, by some fortunate twist of fate, is rescued by a benevolent character who may or may not end up dying anyway , and who leaves such child somewhere at the doorstep of another benevolent character, maybe where the child grows up, shielded from the past and clueless that, upon reaching a certain age, he she and the evil murderer of his her parents will resurface I m thinking Neil Gaiman s The Graveyard Book and, of course, the most obvious example, J.K Rowling s Harry Potter Almost always, a token something will be left in the possession of such child that will help in the discovery of his past Well Go figure Okay, it s safe to continue reading the rest of the review now.The little showdown and game towards the end, too, was a bit tacky If you ve been dealing with an apparently invincible enemy, with demonic powers and super strengths, the game would not be something that you d expect Notwithstanding the somewhat predictable foundation of the plot and the tacky little parts scattered in the storyline, I enjoyed this book immensely I ve read all of Zafon s previous works, and always, the part which I look forward to the best thing about his novels, for me is the suspense The mystery The eerie atmosphere that prevails throughout the story The creepiness of the narrative that makes the hair at the back of my neck stand up on end Yes, I m a scaredy cat, but still


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