The Prince of Mist – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I got really excited about Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s young-adult fiction because he is just the sort of writer I would have loved to read when I was growing up. I craved dark, mysterious tales of the unexplained, which of course exist in abundance — but I wanted them to take place in this one particular antique era, in this one particular faraway land. I had to wait until I was in my 20s to discover Zafón, chronicler of the imaginary happenings of wartime Spain (and official conquerer, after the fact, of my adventure-craving adolescent heart).