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Set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition in the fifteenth century, Rose of Fire tells the story of the origins of the mysterious labyrinthine library, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which lies at the heart of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s novels The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and now The Prisoner of Heaven.


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Set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition in the fifteenth century, Rose of Fire tells the story of the origins of the mysterious labyrinthine library, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which lies at the heart of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s novels The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and now The Prisoner of Heaven.

30 review for The Rose of Fire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    So, I had to go and visit The e-Cemetery of Forgotten e-Books for this 12 pages only? Short review to come -very limited slow Internet connection for me for days

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura (booksnob)

    One of my favorite books of all time is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. In it, there is the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a labyrinthine library that winds underground. Rose of Fire is a short story that defines the origins of this labyrinth and how it came into existence. The story begins in 1454 when a ship was sighted aground on the coast of Spain with a soul survivor tied to the helm of the ship. On the dying man's person was a journal written in a foreign tongue. This journal hol One of my favorite books of all time is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. In it, there is the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a labyrinthine library that winds underground. Rose of Fire is a short story that defines the origins of this labyrinth and how it came into existence. The story begins in 1454 when a ship was sighted aground on the coast of Spain with a soul survivor tied to the helm of the ship. On the dying man's person was a journal written in a foreign tongue. This journal holds the key to the labyrinth as well as the key to immortality and a vial containing one of Jesus Christ's tears. Zafon weaves in the legend of St. George's day, that occurs every year on April 23rd. April 23rd is often celebrated by book lovers as World Book Day and in Spain it is celebrated with a gift to your true love of roses and books. A practice we have included in my family since my daughter's patron saint is St. George. I heartily recommend Rose of Fire as a prequel to the Shadow of the Wind trilogy. Read alone, it is 16 pages and will get you excited to enter the exhilirating world that Zafon creates. Rose of Fire is only available as an ebook but the good news is, that it is free!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I'm so happy that I could find one last text written by Carlos Ruiz Zafon to read! He will be greatly missed in the world of literature.He was such an amazing author! His stories are written in a way that they pull you in the world he describes and not many have this ability. In only 10 pages he manged to write about the maker of labyrinths, Constantinople and her king before she fell, about pirates. a phial with dragon's blood, a pendant with grains with a tear from Christ, Shehrazade and 1001 n I'm so happy that I could find one last text written by Carlos Ruiz Zafon to read! He will be greatly missed in the world of literature.He was such an amazing author! His stories are written in a way that they pull you in the world he describes and not many have this ability. In only 10 pages he manged to write about the maker of labyrinths, Constantinople and her king before she fell, about pirates. a phial with dragon's blood, a pendant with grains with a tear from Christ, Shehrazade and 1001 nights. I can't believe that I won't read anything new from him and I'm sad those 10 pages are over. My advice is that if you haven't read The cemetery of forgotten books series you should do sooner rather than later!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    This short story by Carlos Ruiz Zafón tells the story about the origin of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It's a great story. So why only 3 stars? Because It's a bloody short story and not 300-500 pages thick book instead. It feels like reading a summary of a book. Mental note to self: When you are writing a review on your mother's computer in the future. Save a draft for unexpected "Blue Screen of Death" incidents... This short story by Carlos Ruiz Zafón tells the story about the origin of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It's a great story. So why only 3 stars? Because It's a bloody short story and not 300-500 pages thick book instead. It feels like reading a summary of a book. Mental note to self: When you are writing a review on your mother's computer in the future. Save a draft for unexpected "Blue Screen of Death" incidents...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maxwell

    I don't know how to rate this. It was extremely short, and the blurb is misleading. It barely tells you at all about the construction of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It only tells you about the man who drew up the plans for it. And then it ends. Basically, not necessary to the series unless Zafon had expanded the story and made it a novella or even a novel with cool Medieval elements.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    Download the free short story for Kindle, Nook, etc. here: http://files.harpercollins.com/Assets... Download the free short story for Kindle, Nook, etc. here: http://files.harpercollins.com/Assets...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Char

    A quick short story, (the Kindle version is free!) concerning The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and how it came to be. I enjoyed it, but was disappointed when it ended at 37%.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fefyy Antela

    Against all odds I really liked this one... I'm looking forward to resume this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    TL

    3.5: A nice short story about the origins of the 'Cemetery of Forgotten Books', an ancestor of a certain character is mentioned as well, made me smile :). Only complaint, the page count says 34 but its only 16... 18 pages are a preview of 'the prisoner of heaven' ~~~~ Mister Zafon's wonderful writing and imagery are on fine display here and he makes the most of the short length : "The chronicles tell us that when the maker of labyrinths reached Barcelona on board a vessel hailing from the East, he 3.5: A nice short story about the origins of the 'Cemetery of Forgotten Books', an ancestor of a certain character is mentioned as well, made me smile :). Only complaint, the page count says 34 but its only 16... 18 pages are a preview of 'the prisoner of heaven' ~~~~ Mister Zafon's wonderful writing and imagery are on fine display here and he makes the most of the short length : "The chronicles tell us that when the maker of labyrinths reached Barcelona on board a vessel hailing from the East, he already carried with him the germ of a curse that was to stain the city's skies with fire and blood." Clever of him to work in the myth of St. George as well. As with all of Mister Zafon's works, I didn't want it to end *sighs* Short but beautiful <3 I loved how the ending was left open, hinting at something rich/wonderful happening in the future. ----- Think of it as a prequel to 'Shadow of the Wind' but it also could fit snugly in 'Prisoner of Heaven' as well.. no spoilers if you haven't read the other books yet or if this is your first taste of this author.(Would not recommend reading the novel preview though if you haven't read 'shadow of the wind' or 'the angel's game' yet). All in all, I really enjoyed hearing the origins of this beloved Character in the quartet (That's how I think of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, its presence is larger than life). I would LOVE to go there and wander through the place, taking down different books and running my hands along the walls... I would be happy to get lost in there. Hey Carlos, I'll take the job of Keeper, if it's available :-D Would recommend!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue K H

    I decided to start on a re-read of the Cemetery of Forgotten books trilogy when it suddenly became a tetralogy. I'm not a series book reader type yet, but I loved the first two in this series and thought the 3rd (The Prisoner of Heaven) felt too rushed. Finding out there was a new book that was as substantial as the 1st two was thrilling. I told myself that 4 books is still not a series. Then I find out that there are two more that I never knew about! I was so irritated especially to find out on I decided to start on a re-read of the Cemetery of Forgotten books trilogy when it suddenly became a tetralogy. I'm not a series book reader type yet, but I loved the first two in this series and thought the 3rd (The Prisoner of Heaven) felt too rushed. Finding out there was a new book that was as substantial as the 1st two was thrilling. I told myself that 4 books is still not a series. Then I find out that there are two more that I never knew about! I was so irritated especially to find out one wasn't even available in English and the other couldn't be found in my library or Amazon or B&N. The other was this book. I'm reading chronologically to the story and this one comes first. I decided to poke around more and found it. When I got it, I found out it's only a short story. I was glad since I was already substantially into The Angel's Game. This was a letdown after all of that. It's a very short story. I'd give this 2 stars but there are so few reviews and I don't want to take it down since my frustration was from expectations. It's not necessary at all to read this. It just gives the beginning of how the Labrinth for the Cemetary of Forgotten Books came to be and how the curse came to Barcelona. That other book that isn't in English, I'm not worried about it now. It's a novella and I'm sure it's not essential either.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    July 10 is marked on my calendar. Carlos Ruiz Zafon's latest installment in the series that began with the magical book "The Shadow of the Wind" comes out on that day. I can't wait to dive into it---and this book, in addition to the short story "The Rose of Fire," gives us a preview of what must be the first chapter. The Rose of Fire begins even before the beginning. It tells a fairy tale of sorts, set in the heart and hypocrisy of the Spanish Inquisition and explores the nature of true goodness July 10 is marked on my calendar. Carlos Ruiz Zafon's latest installment in the series that began with the magical book "The Shadow of the Wind" comes out on that day. I can't wait to dive into it---and this book, in addition to the short story "The Rose of Fire," gives us a preview of what must be the first chapter. The Rose of Fire begins even before the beginning. It tells a fairy tale of sorts, set in the heart and hypocrisy of the Spanish Inquisition and explores the nature of true goodness in the face of proclaimed virtue and in the process sets the stage for the creation of the Cemetery of Lost Books which is the heart of all of these novels. Not a very long story---a preface to a story to come, really. But the language.... Zafon can write as few can. His wonderful characters are like those of Dickens or Dumas, as is the tremendous heart and biting commentary of his prose. Mix that with the dark Gothic sensibility of Poe and you have a sense of the flavor. As these books are originally written in Spanish, the translator, Lucia Graves, should also be congratulated on her translation which (based on what friends of mine say who are fluent in both languages--I am merely conversational in Spanish) convey and retain the magic of the original Spanish editions.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thikrayat Al-aradi

    This is a short story that reveals a little bit of the history of the Cemetery of forgotten books. Easy read and I enjoyed the story

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Short, interesting. Makes me keen to read on in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lora Christova

    I had never heard about this novelist before, but yesterday when I went to the Book fair, that took place in The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, I was given this story by a promoter of one of the publishing houses. I have to say that I really loved it and I want to read the other novels of this author as well :) I have the feeling that they are gonna be really nice. I am very curious. :) About this story in particular, I have to say that I really liked it. Really interesting for me I had never heard about this novelist before, but yesterday when I went to the Book fair, that took place in The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, I was given this story by a promoter of one of the publishing houses. I have to say that I really loved it and I want to read the other novels of this author as well :) I have the feeling that they are gonna be really nice. I am very curious. :) About this story in particular, I have to say that I really liked it. Really interesting for me was the way the magical and historical( I am referring to the descriptions of the things done by the Holy Inquisition)were fascinatingly overlapping each other. This was a really intriguing read, for me. Despite the fact that I am mostly a fan of books with realistic plots and I do not like some fantasy stuff, I have to admit that I really liked the way the inexplicable events were described. It was really interesting for me. I recommend this story to those of you who would like to challenge their imagination, but not toooo much :D

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Thank you to Anna, who sent me this gift! I was able to open and read it on my phone. Perfect for the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The Rose of Fire is a short story told by one of our favorite characters, and it kind of sets the stage, or the ambiance for the Forgotten Cemetery Series - which if you didn't know, are the books that surround the mystical labyrinth of a library in Barcelona, which figures prominently in four other interconnected books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. These include the Shadow of Thank you to Anna, who sent me this gift! I was able to open and read it on my phone. Perfect for the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The Rose of Fire is a short story told by one of our favorite characters, and it kind of sets the stage, or the ambiance for the Forgotten Cemetery Series - which if you didn't know, are the books that surround the mystical labyrinth of a library in Barcelona, which figures prominently in four other interconnected books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. These include the Shadow of the Wind, the Angels Game, the Prisoner of Heaven, and the new Spirits of the Labyrinth. Careful, my review may be longer than the book - lol. I have loved Shadow of the Wind, it remains one of my top ten all time books, and I had vowed this year upcoming to reread the entire series in order. It came to my attention that Rose of Fire (2.5) is actually the short story that goes first, then the Angels Game, (read) then Shadow of the Wind (read twice) then Prisoner of Heaven, then Spirits of the Labyrinth. Okay.... Spirits of the Labyrinth precedes Shadow chronologically, but all of the reviews suggest it should be read last anyway as a culmination. Go figure. So I am going with that. Onto the Rose of Fire. It is sort of fantastical, and I might not have been able to follow it with as much interest or as narrativity, if not for my knowledge of the two books I have read. It would not have made as much sense to me, if it made any sense of all. But if you have read Shadow, you know this is an incredibly talented artist and writer, who wraps and envelops you with each word and thought. Did I like it? Not sure - did it set the stage? Without question. I re-start the Angels Game sometime January or February. Anna - again, thank you for the gift and the Sunday Morning Pleasure. Have a nice week all.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Nice and short novella about the history of the labyrinth in the Cemetery of forgotten books. I think this is a perfect touch to the series. ❤

  17. 4 out of 5

    Indru

    "Rosa de fuego" is a short story written between "El juego del ángel" and "El prisionero del cielo", which makes it book 2.5 in the "El cementerio de los libros olvidados" series. It shows the events that lead to the construction of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It's practically the genesis for the entire series, even though it was written between Book 2 and Book 3. It's a very interesting story and for a short one it's definitely worth the time. I loved it and now can't wait to jump to the 3r "Rosa de fuego" is a short story written between "El juego del ángel" and "El prisionero del cielo", which makes it book 2.5 in the "El cementerio de los libros olvidados" series. It shows the events that lead to the construction of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It's practically the genesis for the entire series, even though it was written between Book 2 and Book 3. It's a very interesting story and for a short one it's definitely worth the time. I loved it and now can't wait to jump to the 3rd Book, "El prisionero del cielo", and see what THAT's all about. Even though it's technically a prequel to the entire series, these books should definitely be read in the order of publication. It doesn't necessarily spoil the rest of the books, but a name comes up in it that points to someone you already know if you read the first two books, and if you read it before them you'll already know something about that name that you shouldn't know while reading the first two books. It makes the experience more fascinating, it enhances the mystery. If you read it before, you have an extra explanation which you should really wonder about rather than already know during the lecture of the first two books. But do read it, don't miss it. If you can't find it, PM me and I'll help. It's kind of hard to find.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Blair

    A short story which acts as a prequel to the author's Barcelona quartet, giving some background on the origins of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I enjoyed the story but, as always with this kind of thing, it was very slight and I wish it could have been longer.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    Nice little free back story on the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I love this business of authors giving away stories set in the interstices between their novels. Free download

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    It's a nice, decent tale. Nothing special, but it is always good to read something by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Short, somewhat under-detailed story behind the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I would have liked to know how it actually came to be built.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Edmonds

    Rose of Fire is a free ebook prequel to the Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. The story is described as telling the history of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which intrigued me as this remains on of the main mysteries for me in the first two books of the series, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. However, while the story does tell the origins, it doesn't tell the complete history of the Cemetery, so while it answers some questions, it really just leaves as m Rose of Fire is a free ebook prequel to the Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. The story is described as telling the history of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which intrigued me as this remains on of the main mysteries for me in the first two books of the series, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. However, while the story does tell the origins, it doesn't tell the complete history of the Cemetery, so while it answers some questions, it really just leaves as many questions. Part of me would like a more complete history of the Cemetery, but there's still a part of me that doesn't want it explained, that feels that the origins of the Cemetery should remain shrouded in mystery. The ebook also includes the first four chapters of the final book, The Prisoner of Heaven, so if you are a fan of Zafón and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, this would be an excellent read. Of course, the ebook is free, so really, how can you go wrong?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Free on Kindle. Location 38: It was the year of Our Lord 1454. A plague had decimated the population during the winter and the city lay under a blanket of ochre-coloured smoke that rose from bonfires ablaze with hundreds of corpses and shrouds. Location 65: And so it was that the printer spent the entire night reading and translating for the Grand Inquisitor the secret diary of Edmond de Luna, adventurer and bearer of a curse that was to bring the beast to Barcelona. Location 88: For months on end Edm Free on Kindle. Location 38: It was the year of Our Lord 1454. A plague had decimated the population during the winter and the city lay under a blanket of ochre-coloured smoke that rose from bonfires ablaze with hundreds of corpses and shrouds. Location 65: And so it was that the printer spent the entire night reading and translating for the Grand Inquisitor the secret diary of Edmond de Luna, adventurer and bearer of a curse that was to bring the beast to Barcelona. Location 88: For months on end Edmond de Luna worked on the project for the great labyrinth of the books, making and remaking the plans, never satisfied with them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Muhammad Ahmed Siddiqui

    There is always a chill that goes through me whenever I plan to read a Carlos Ruiz Zafon book. This was no different. This book is not a novel itself but rather explains the mystery behind the cemetery of forgotten books which is present in every book of this series. The revealing of the mystery left me a little confused at the end but these few pages of a book is worth a read for all the fans of the series. When the mystery unfolds it leads to more questions that's why I removed one star and of There is always a chill that goes through me whenever I plan to read a Carlos Ruiz Zafon book. This was no different. This book is not a novel itself but rather explains the mystery behind the cemetery of forgotten books which is present in every book of this series. The revealing of the mystery left me a little confused at the end but these few pages of a book is worth a read for all the fans of the series. When the mystery unfolds it leads to more questions that's why I removed one star and of course the book was short which left me disappointed a little.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elias Jabbour

    Zafon continues to impress us with his marvelous novels. He creates life within the lines, making plot twists stupendously amazing,all through his talents at descriptive paragraphs. John Green should learn from Zafon, but until his learning is complete, his books would have been thrown in some modern literature trash bin, dejecting his silly fans.

  26. 4 out of 5

    mar *:・゚✧

    the one thing i don't like about this is how short it is.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Original post here. The Rose of Fire is a short, short story - so short in fact that I managed to finish reading it in the 10- to 15-minute period I spent waiting for my take-out at a pizza place last week. While reading on the phone (with the awful backlight) wasn't very ideal for my poor eyes, I had to browse through my Kindle app anyway to look for something with which to pass the time. (But I forgive the pizza place if only for the sumptuous baked macaroni.) The Rose of Fire proved t Original post here. The Rose of Fire is a short, short story - so short in fact that I managed to finish reading it in the 10- to 15-minute period I spent waiting for my take-out at a pizza place last week. While reading on the phone (with the awful backlight) wasn't very ideal for my poor eyes, I had to browse through my Kindle app anyway to look for something with which to pass the time. (But I forgive the pizza place if only for the sumptuous baked macaroni.) The Rose of Fire proved to be more than just the perfect quarter-of-an-hour entertainment; it also redefined what "light and quick read" is. Have you read Zafon's earlier novel, The Shadow of the Wind ? If you have, then you will be reacquainted with the Semperes and the labyrinthine library, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. If you haven't but you're planning on reading it in the future, near or distant, then what are you still waiting for? reading this short story prior to picking up the novel is like reading a backgrounder. Isn't it evident from how this teaser is listed as  #0.5 in the series? If you have an Amazon account, you can download The Rose of Fire there where, when I last checked, it was free. It ought to be free, as it comprises only 34% of the entire e-book format while the remaining 66% contains the excerpt from Zafon's recent work, The Prisoner of Heaven . Such short work deserves no more than an equally short write-up as this. Recommended by: Louize Book Details: My own, Kindle edition, free from Amazon

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Scaglione

    Talk about disappointing. From the author who brought us amazing books like The Shadow of the Wind and The Prisoner of Heaven (also The Angel’s Game, which was good but not amazing), there’s The Rose of Fire. Supposedly this short story will explain the origins of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I was so excited to read it (thanks to Mel @ The Book Musings who told me it existed). What a disappointment for real. While now I know a little more about the Cemetery of Forgotten books, I don’t even ca Talk about disappointing. From the author who brought us amazing books like The Shadow of the Wind and The Prisoner of Heaven (also The Angel’s Game, which was good but not amazing), there’s The Rose of Fire. Supposedly this short story will explain the origins of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I was so excited to read it (thanks to Mel @ The Book Musings who told me it existed). What a disappointment for real. While now I know a little more about the Cemetery of Forgotten books, I don’t even care. The information is crap. Just think about it like this: His 3 Cemetery of Forgotten Books stories are full of intrigue, mystery, and kept me on the edge of my seat. Was there a teensy bit of magic involved? You’ll never be sure because it’s kept very realistic. For the full review, visit Love at First Book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    READ IN ENGLISH Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com The Rose of Fire is 'book' #2.5 in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. A lovely short story by Zafón that was written to be a teaser for The prisoner of heaven but as with all the stories in the series, it doesn't really matter where you read it. It's set in Spain during the Inquisition and tells the origin of the cemetery of forgotten books. My only complaint is that it's so short! How long do we have to wait till th READ IN ENGLISH Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com The Rose of Fire is 'book' #2.5 in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. A lovely short story by Zafón that was written to be a teaser for The prisoner of heaven but as with all the stories in the series, it doesn't really matter where you read it. It's set in Spain during the Inquisition and tells the origin of the cemetery of forgotten books. My only complaint is that it's so short! How long do we have to wait till the fourth and final book? I would really recommend this story to all who enjoyed the books. You can download the ebook free on ebook retailers' websites.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a short-story prequel to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series set in Barcelona. In 1454, Barcelona is just beginning to recover from a winter of plague when a stranger arrives by sea. Sempere the printer is asked to translate the stranger’s journal, in which is recorded a life of adventure and secrets. The traveler was an expert in creating labyrinths. A greedy and power-hungry Inquisitor seizes a supposed treasure, with catastrophic (and fantastical) resul Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a short-story prequel to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series set in Barcelona. In 1454, Barcelona is just beginning to recover from a winter of plague when a stranger arrives by sea. Sempere the printer is asked to translate the stranger’s journal, in which is recorded a life of adventure and secrets. The traveler was an expert in creating labyrinths. A greedy and power-hungry Inquisitor seizes a supposed treasure, with catastrophic (and fantastical) results. Barcelona is saved by an act of selfless bravery. An unbelievable fantasy, yet well worth reading for its beautifully written prose.

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