Twenty years have passed since events in For Love of the Phantom. Erik and Christine’s son, Petter, has moved to London to seek his future. Suffering from depression centered around her now-empty nest, Christine’s melancholy strains their marital relationship. Erik’s attempts to cheer and distract her were endearing, relatable, and well written.
As if struggling with this hurdle weren’t enough, shadows from Erik’s past have found him and threaten not only the life he has built, but the health and welfare of the one person he treasures above all others: Christine. When the biggest skeleton from Erik’s closet tries to force Erik’s hand, you just know you’re in for a wild ride. Hints of Erik’s devious past come to light and you are reminded of just why he was so feared within the walls of the opera house. With the help of his son and his old comrade, the Persian Faraz, he must mount a daring rescue attempt in a land where a price still hangs upon his head.
For me, this was the best part of the book. Getting to see and learn so much more about Erik’s past in Mazenderan was such a treat. The pure evil of the Sultana and the lengths she will go to force Erik to do her bidding were quite telling. Erik’s cunning and determination were near palpable. Peter’s character was well portrayed too; a beautiful balance of his father’s courage & intellect balanced by his mother’s calm and grace. And speaking of Christine: while still very much a woman of the era, she’s no helpless female. I really loved Ms. DeSye’s portrayal of such a difficult time for our heroine. In a dark and desperate situation Christine really shines.
Fans of the Opera Ghost and his beloved Christine will rejoice at this new chapter in their tale.
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