After reading many wonderful reviews, I decided to make time to read this book. It has every element I enjoy, a Gothic atmosphere, mystery, a bit or romance (though, thankfully, not overpowering) and books.
I love stories with other stories intertwined around it, and this book has more than its share. There are layers upon layers of plotlines throughout these pages, making for a deep and fast-paced reading. The whole mood is fabulous. We really feel as if we’re there, following Daniel as he tries to find out who Julian Carax is. It was hard to put the book down for this same reason, because we were so enmeshed ourselves in the many stories, that it was hard to find our way out.
Although Daniel is the protagonist, Julian is the one who really commands the reader’s attention, drawing us into his mysterious and harsh life. Fermin, Daniel’s friend, also demands attention, stealing most of the scenes he’s in. I do wish, however, that we’d learned a bit more about him, since he is left kind of a shadowy character himself, with a past that’s not really made clear.
The writing is beautiful, no question about it, but there were a few word choices that I found repeated over and over which got to be, well, repetitive. That aside, this is a wonderful book, one I easily recommend to everyone.