The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Originally published on March 28th, 2014
This was my least favourite of Zafon’s The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It’s the only one where the main character isn’t one of the Sempere family. Now I started reading this series determined to give David a fair chance to endear himself to me. Apparently he didn’t take me up on that offer. By the end of the novel I was happy to see him go (and hoping the next book wouldn’t focus so much on him). And my other complaint, which applies to the whole series, is that I wish Zafon could write a female character who isn’t a stereotype. Women in his stories fit into three main categories: the pale-skinned beauty, the motherly matron, and the conniving snake. That’s it. The women are supplied as (minor) adversaries, comic relief, or prizes for the main characters. Except for Isabella. Isabella has promise and depth, and I relished her presence in the last two novels. She’s intelligent, witty, and complex. She does things that are brave and things that are selfish or stupid. Now if only she could have been a plain woman in her fifties, instead of the standard young beauty. Ah well, you can’t have everything.

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