Short Story Review: Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
This is a short story by the writer of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game. I’ve only read the first book in the series, only because the second book is never on the library shelf.

Now the third book in this four-part series is being published, The Prisoner of Heaven. To celebrate this, Harper have made available a short story about the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. This mysterious cemetery plays an important role in the books and is mysterious enough to make me interested in reading the story.

About Rose of Fire

Set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition in the fifteenth century, “Rose of Fire” tells the story of the origins of the mysterious labyrinthine library, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which lies at the heart of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s novels The Shadow of the WindThe Angel’s Game, and now The Prisoner of Heaven.

This free e-story includes an excerpt from Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s latest book, The Prisoner of Heaven.” (from Harper Collins’ website

What I thought

Now you know I’m not a keen short story reader but I loved to find out a bit more about the mysterious Cemetery of Forgotten Books and how it came into existence.

The story starts in 1454 when a plague has descended on Barcelona. The maker of labyrinths is the sole living passenger on a ship entering the harbor. On him, a notebook is found that is translated and contains the story of the labyrinth maker.

It was interesting to read about times so long ago. However, there wasn’t much tension, it was clearly a tale about the origins of the cemetery. .


As soon as I started reading, I remembered again what a fantastic writer Zafón is. The language is beautiful and for that reason, I am now very keen to read the rest of the series. In fact, I think I’ll start again with The Shadow of the Windjust so I won’t miss anything when reading the second, and the new third part of the story.

You can download this story for your e-reader, or read it online. Click HERE to go to the download page.

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón About The Prisoner of Heaven

“Internationally acclaimed New York Timesbestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón conjures a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge in which the heroes ofThe Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Gamemust contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.

In his dark, gothic Barcelona, the threads of past, present, and future converge, bringing us closer to the enigma hidden at the heart of the enchanting and mysterious Cemetery of Forgotten Books.” (from Harper Collins’ website

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17 Responses to Short Story Review: Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

  1. parrish lantern says:

    Thanks for this, saw it on another site the other day & was interested, but couldn’t find it to purchase. Bonus for the freebie.

  2. PS, Just tried & it’s Amazon.Com & tells you to try the UK site, which doesn’t recognize the book at all. Shame.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Oh, pity it didn’t work for you, Gary. I myself just read it via my browser, which is also one of the options. I don’t prefer to read like that, but as it’s only a short story it wasn’t a problem.

  3. Thanks for this tip! I loved The Angel’s Game and still want to read more of him, so this is a nice snack 🙂

  4. Tesney Ap says:

    What an interesting story 🙂 It’s very intriguing to me. And Judith, I’ve notice that book you’re currently reading, the Invisible Ones. It looks so alluring. When are you going to put up the review?

  5. I’ve read all three books in the series and liked them all – The Shadow of the Wind is my favorite so far. Thanks for the short story link, I look forward to reading more about The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

  6. Roxanne says:

    I have read the first two books and definitely look forward to reading the third! 🙂 so I might check out the short story as well.

  7. Chinoiseries says:

    I’ve just borrowed The Prince of Mist and the Midnight Palace, and I’ve got Shadow of the Wind on the shelves for Adam’s TBR challenge. Thanks for sharing this, I’ll go and download it now 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Chinoiseries, my kids have been reading some of the books by Zafón and loved them. I haven’t got round to them. Hope you enjoy this story and the series that goes with it.

  8. Pingback: Book Review: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón « Leeswammes' Blog

  9. The UK sites does not recognise the book, but it can be read online via the link you provided! Which was so obvious, I missed it the first time!!

  10. I read Prisoner of Heaven awhile ago and loved it. Zafon is one of my favorites.

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