How do you improve on perfection? With perfection I’m talking about Shadow of the Wind, my absolute favourite book. The Angel’s Game, its prequel, was a good book, but I was so, so, so very disappointed with it. Shadow of the Wind, Zafon’s first book, was just so good, and I feel like everything that comes after, will pale by comparison.
The Angel’s Game is technically a prequel to Shadow of the Wind, and while some places will seem familiar, like the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop, the events of The Angel’s Game do not have any real connection to the story told in Shadow of the Wind.
Zafón is still an amazing writer, and his storytelling abilities have no limits. He weaves this beautiful tale and a complicated multi-layered story that keeps the reader turning the page, wanting more. The climax however felt rushed and was a bit of a mess. The twist in Shadow of the Wind was so carefully constructed and completely unexpected. The Angel’s Game however ends with too many twists and maybe even a few too many corpses.
I would honestly recommend reading this book before Shadow of the Wind. It was still a great read, but didn’t seem that way after having Shadow of the Wind first. After all how do you improve on perfection?