This enthralling novel, inspired by the 2006 film, illustrates that fantasy is the sharpest tool to explore the terrors and miracles of the human heart
You shouldn't come in here. You could get lost. It has happened before. I'll tell you the story one day, if you want to hear it.
In fairy tales, there are men and there are wolves, there are beasts and dead parents, there are girls and forests.
Ofelia knows all this, like any young woman with a head full of stories. And she sees right away what the Capitán is, in his immaculate uniform, boots and gloves, smiling: a wolf.
But nothing can prepare her for the fevered reality of the Capitán's eerie house, in the midst of a dense forest which conceals many things: half-remembered stories of lost babies; renegade resistance fighters hiding from the army; a labyrinth; beasts and fairies.
There is no one to keep Ofelia safe as the labyrinth beckons her into her own story, where the monstrous and the human are inextricable, where myths pulse with living blood ...
Funke's sensitive expansion of Del Toro's dark fantasy is a delight (Guardian)
More than just a film spin off , this is a beautiful companion piece and a reminder of the importance of Del Toro's initial vision (Observer)
A work of consummate love and passion, one that needs to be revered for its unmistakable brilliance ... This novelisation not only lives up to impossibly high expectations but incredibly adds to the darkest of magical fairytales (Starburst)
Inspired and beautifully illustrated (i Paper)
Pan's Labyrinth is a terrific masterpiece, a literary accomplishment that reaches and often rivals its cinematic counterpart (Storgy)
Charged with the monumental task of adapting an intricate film to the page, del Toro and Funke have avoided merely describing the film and instead have elegantly recrafted the narrative ... Dark and mesmerising (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
Funke maintains the tale's dark beauty, filling it with imaginative details, complex characters, love and history, as well as humanity's evils ... This book will creep into the minds and hearts of readers and linger there (Booklist)