Zafon has done a marvelous job of exceeding expectations with this fabulous entry that continues the tale around the Cemetary of Forgotten Books. In this one Fermin de La Torres is working with Daniel Sempere in the Sempere and Sons books store. He is about to marry his girlfriend Bernarda when a mysterious stranger arrives at the store.
The stranger buys a rare copy of The Count of Monte Cristo and leaves the rare book with David to give to Fermin with a dedication to #13. Daniel is intrigued by the stranger and follows him. Later he will tell Fermin about the stranger and give him the book. This upsets Fermin greatly and he precedes to tell Daniel what happened to him almost 20 years before. This tale will bring to Daniel questions about his own birth and what really happened to his mother Isabelle.
Fermin's tale will tell us what became of David Martin (see The Angel's Game) and will bring in elements from The Shadow of the Wind. On top of Fermin's tale, Daniel has some questions about his own wife's fidelity. If it can be said, this book is much better than the first book and almost good as The Angel's Game. I have waited a long time for this entry and hope it won't be another three year wait for the next entry in this superb tale loaded with rich history of 20th Century Barcelona.
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