Oscar Drai counts down the minutes to the end of the school day at his Barcelona boarding school. He loves to meander along the alleys and streets that make up "The Desert of Sarria" which surrounds the school. A neighborhood like a ghost town, filled with abandoned mansions that spoke of richer days. When he meets Marina, he knows what he's been looking for.
She promises him a mystery, leading him to a secret graveyard deep in the city. There, they witness a woman dressed entirely in black lay a single rose atop a gravestone etched with only a black butterfly. Unable to leave it alone, their curiosity leads them down a dangerous path, and unwittingly they discover the story of a disfigured opera star, her devoted lover, and a decades-old conspiracy that puts their lives in the hands of forces more sinister and mystical than they could have believed possible.
More than just a thrilling tale, Marina explores the deep bonds that tie teens together in friendship and in love. Meant for a slightly older audience than Prince of Mist, The Midnight Palace, and The Watcher in the Shadows, Marina is magical and riveting. In Spain, it's hailed as the story that opened the door for Shadow of the Wind, with it's lyrical language, sophisticated characters, and intricate, layered, and mature themes.
Praise for The Watcher in the Shadows:
"Zafón cuts between his various characters with cinematic skill, and his habit of telling stories within the narrative is put to spine-tingling use...Good, solid scares."
Praise for The Prince of Mist: * "Awesome."
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of seven novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Prince of Mist and the international phenomena The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. His work has been publishedin more than fifty countries and honored with numerous awards. Hedivides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.