“Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life. . .
“Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere’s sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night—and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.”
I couldn’t even summon the motivation to write my own summary of the book. It’s certainly not Zafón’s best. In fact, it was a huge disappointment compared to The Shadow of the Wind and the other books in the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books” series. The characters were under-developed and the plot fell flat. I feel like there was the potential for a good story here, but the number of characters and viewpoints Zafón tried to create made it feel erratic and generally shallow.
Don’t bother. Really.