Book Review: Pan’s Labyrinth

Book Review: Pan’s LabyrinthPan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on July 2, 2019
Pages: 256

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.


It’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie Pan’s Labyrinth, so I dove into the book without remembering too much beyond the spooky remembrance. I loved the creepy atmosphere and the fairy tale vibe of the story. The brutality of the war and the menace of certain characters lent itself to creating quite a novel. Add in the fairy tale elements and it’s a story that definitely transfixes the reader.

Even though the book is gorgeous, I gave this one a listen to on audiobook and loved the narrator. I really felt drawn into the story and enjoyed every minute of the telling.

There is a multilayered plot – the story of the war and the rebels and of a girl who is on a fairy tale quest – facing three tasks – and of characters in between and their perspectives between these two main stories. I loved the different characters and how they handle the stress of their positions and their ties to what is happening. There are some horrible moments and some awe inspiring moments as well.


A fantastic mix of war and fairy tales, creating a brutal story that fans of horror and fairy tales will enjoy.

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