Review: Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun

Jul 23, 2019

Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fans of dark fairy-tales like The Hazel Wood and The Cruel Prince will relish this atmospheric and absorbing book based on Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed movie.

Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with haunting illustrations and enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating world.

This spellbinding tale takes readers to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

A brilliant collaboration between masterful storytellers that’s not to be missed.

“Perfectly unsettling and deeply felt, this reminded me of the best kind of fairytales wherein each chapter is a jewel that, when held up to the light, reframes how we see the world around us.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and Aru Shah and the End of Time

“A fearless and moving adaption of the film, and a gorgeously written, emotional, frightening parable about the courage of young women amid the brutality of war.” —Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone


I listened to this on Audio and followed along in the book some.

I feel like I am missing something. Maybe I slept through some of this book. I think I will have to give it a reread because I am so lost. Can someone let me know what happened toward the end?

I really wanted to read it but I just got lost in the scenes. It may be the authors writing style. I have not yet watched the movie yet... Yes I know, where have I been. I will watch it and maybe that will help me to understand the story line of this book.

I do know that Ofelia and her mother move and she finds a Labyrinth in the backyard and she is part of a fairytale she was not aware of. I think the last 2 hours of the book is where I got lost so I may have to just go back a reread that part. There were some dark scenes and some creepy moments. I did enjoy the moment she ate the grapes and the monster came alive and placed the eyes in its hands. LIKE CREEPY! I could just see it and hear the voice of the creature. Very detailed.

I think It was just the last 2 hours so I will try to give that another shot.

I will be watching the movie soon.

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