The intricate plot of this page-turner revolves around an orphanage in India, a baby left in its care, and the forces of both friendship and evil. When the child, dubbed Ben, grows up and is about to strike out on his own, he is confronted with the past he never knew. Both he and his friends are in for the adventure of their lives when they enter into a world of the supernatural in search of clues about Ben's father. Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of two critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling novels, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game , is one of the world's most-read and best-loved writers. His work, which also includes prizewinning young adult novels, has been translated into more than fifty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.
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In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery. Set in Calcutta in the s, 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 In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery. 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.
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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Calcutta India. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Midnight Palace , please sign up. Does Jawahal go back and find out that Thomas Carter betrayed him for 16 yrs? G Jawahal says that he will see him in 16 years so he knows that Thomas is not being truthful, and Jawahal does come back exactly in 16 years.
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Jun 22, Jeanette Again rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult-books , creepy-spooky-scary , indian-subcontinent-and-surrounding , all-fiction. My disappointment in this book can be described in three words: Insufficiently explained superpowers. View all 3 comments. 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 Description In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. 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.
View 1 comment. 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.
Nov 10, Jo rated it liked it. Because there were tons of things I liked about this book. Seriously, his prose is just absolutely stunning. Just gorgeous. I also think that, aforementioned problems aside, Mr RZ definitely knows how to tell a thrilling story.
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. I know I seem to have written a lot without actually saying anything, so I apologise. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I did The Prince of Mist because there seemed to be a lot more depth to the story and the setting was absolutely gorgeous.
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. 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 ? I hated the Chowbar society members, all of them and I was more sympethtic 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. I understand that it is meant for teenagers and that you wrote it back in the s. 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!
In a word, I became old. View 2 comments. 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 aimed more towards the author's adult fans - again, it comes with a foreword extolling its appeal to readers of all ages.
The Midnight Palace
ISBN 13: 9780061284373
El palacio de la medianoche (The Midnight Palace)