The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma
Map is Palma's first English language released book and a new author to me. Love discovering new authors (new authors to me anyway).
Synopsis: Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.
What happens if we change history? The author explores this question in the novel, weaving an historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports readers to a haunting setting in Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Zafón I am huge fan of already. I just happened on him by accident, his first English language book was The Shadow of the Wind. I.Loved.That.Book! Like a lot, a lot. His follow, The Angel's Game was also excellent, but not as good as Shadow. Heaven involves characters from both Shadow, and Game, so this just makes me even more excited to read Heaven. Zafón just has such a poetic heart and prose his words are so affecting and relatable. You feel every emotion, every hurt, elation, triumph, heart break, anger. I can't rec this author enough. And def check out Shadow 1st.
Synopsis:Once again, internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge, set in a dark, gothic Barcelona, in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.
Barcelona,1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife Bea have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermín Romero de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city's dark past. His appearance plunges Fermín and Daniel into a dangerous adventure that will take them back to the 1940's and the dark early days of Franco's dictatorship. The terrifying events of that time launch them on a journey fraught with jealousy, suspicion, vengeance, and lies, a search for the truth that will put into peril everything they love and ultimately transform their lives.
Full of intrigue and emotion, The Prisoner of Heaven is a majestic novel in which the threads of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game converge under the spell of literature and bring us toward the enigma of the mystery hidden at the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a collection of lost treasures known only to its few initiates and the very core of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's enchanting fictional world.
Very excited to read both of these books. Stay Booked! Happy Reading!