THE MIDNIGHT PALACE by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

THE MIDNIGHT PALACE

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Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Fraternal twins face a frightening destiny in this Indian melodrama set in 1932 Calcutta. Brought together by their grandmother Aryami Bose for the first time after a life spent apart, 16-year-old twins Sheere and Ben learn that a vengeful childhood friend of their father’s named Jawahal murdered their parents. The evil agent tried to finish off the entire family, but Aryami saved the infants by separating and hiding them. Jawahal swore to return when the twins were 16 and complete the job. But exactly who or what is the fiery man who seems to be able to materialize at will? And what did the twins’ parents do to make Jawahal so angry? The only clues the brother and sister have are their dead father’s detailed journal and recurring visions of a flaming train that plunges through solid walls, destroying everything it touches. The newfound siblings will have to travel to the heart of the fabled city to discover Jawahal’s real identity and the truth about their family’s troubled history. Though the villain’s motives and origins are muddy and the secondary characterizations thin in this sensationalistic gothic tale, the steamy atmosphere of Calcutta is palpable and the confrontations between the twins and their malevolent nemesis truly terrifying. Perfect for readers who value mood over all else. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
Pub Date: May 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-316-04473-8
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2011




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