The Phantom Returnsby Stefanie Cole
The Phantom Returns is an extraordinary tale that concludes the heart-wrenching journey of The Phantom of the Opera. In a story where no reader expects to find beauty, you will. Monsters shall be discovered where you thought only angels dwelt. But most of all, you will witness the unfurling of a love story that will linger in your mind and heart long after you read
The Phantom Returns is an extraordinary tale that concludes the heart-wrenching journey of The Phantom of the Opera. In a story where no reader expects to find beauty, you will. Monsters shall be discovered where you thought only angels dwelt. But most of all, you will witness the unfurling of a love story that will linger in your mind and heart long after you read the last page. Expect the unexpected, and enjoy the Phantom's captivating ride through London and Paris. New characters await, and familiar ones as well, all eager for the book to be opened - the opera to begin.
- Jimsam Incorporated Publishing
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- 0.43(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)
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The Phantom Returns by Stefanie Cole can be summarised by "Christine is unhappy, Christine hooks up with Erik, Raoul moves out of the picture and Erik and Christine have a child." On the whole, it reminded me of a condensed version of The Return of the Phantom by Etienne de Mendes, only more pleasurable than Mendes' book due to its brevity and merciful lack of convoluted melodrama.
It was not a great book, but it was not as bad as most of them are. If you're looking for sex, you might want to skip this one. But for a Phantom purist like myself, you do not have to go in dreading the experience.
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I started reading this book in the morning and I could not stop reading it until I was done. Ms. Cole captures all the feelings and emotions of Christine, Erik the Phantom and Raoul as the story continues where the movie left off with them leaving the Phantom's underground lair. If you think that Christine and Erik are right for each other, this book is the one to read and enjoy.
Rarely do I give five stars to anything. In this case, I had to make the exception. An excellent story by a writer who knows her craft is rare in the sequel world. This one does and does it beautifully. I'm not usually much on sequels since most are written by phans who have no talent for writing nor do they understand the characters. They simply want to put on paper their own ending, turning the character of Christine into a Mary-Sue and leaving the other characters as cardboard cutouts, there to do the bidding of the MS Christine. Such is not the case with this novel. Based much on the most recent movie, the author has extended the story in a way that brings these characters to life. Each one stays true to the original at the beginning but their growth is both believable and palpable. Christine, though showing great promise at the end of the original, has no reason to continue that promise of growth and lapses back into her little girl world until Erik. Erik has fought his own demons with the help of an old man. A man who shares the same unfortunate disfigurement and has learned to accept and live with it, his encouragement propels Erik to take his friends advice and fight for the one thing he has ever loved. His Christine. The plot twists are generous but fitting and you'll find no plot holes in this story. Ms. Cole's prose flows well, her writing level is far beyond what one would normally expect in a sequel of this sort and because of that, her ability to draw one in and mesmerize, will keep book in hand from start to finish. I could not put it down.
The title and content seem to be very similar to another phantom sequel that I read last year. I guess it could just be a coincidence.
I've been reading a lot of Phantom sequels and there were too many problems with this one. I hate to say it, but the story was more like fan fiction than most because some unsophisticated plot devices were used that could have been left out for a better story. An example of what I mean is, you discover that the Phantom has become a member of the aristocracy by accident because he met a Lord who said Erik was his son and then conveniently died. The other thing I didn't like is that he goes chasing back after Christine. I think that if the author had thought about it, she could come up with a better story. I hope she tries again--I'm willing to buy just about any story and try it.