Everyone wears a mask. But the deadliest secrets hide in plain sight.
Marie St. Jean’s supreme acting talent comes with a price: Every spellbinding performance extracts a piece of her soul. When she reluctantly steps into a role abandoned by another leading lady, she encounters the ghostly spirit that caused the other woman to flee in terror. And who promises to fix Marie’s affliction – for a price.
Marie’s other problem – her attraction to alluring violinist, Johann Bledsoe, a temptation she dares not explore. However, with the Prussians surrounding Paris, she is well and truly trapped.
Johann left disgrace and his gambling debt behind in England, but a murder outside the Théâtre Bohème makes him fear he’s been exposed. He’d love nothing more than to claim Marie as his own, but after the siege is over, his past will catch up to him again.
Under the baleful eye of steam-powered ravens, more murders drive Marie and Johann closer to the truth of what really lurks below the stage, and what dangers hang over their heads. Their only hope could lie in exposing their darkest secrets—and surrendering to the Eros Element in a way that could push them irretrievably close to the edge of madness.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm really enjoying this series. The characters are well developed and there are lots of twists and turns that keep you turning pages long after you should have stopped to go to sleep. I continue to find Cecilia Dominic's writing style very similar to the dearly missed Anne McCaffrey. Each book is a stand alone but would best be enjoyed if read in order.
Marie St. Jean is known as a great actress but it is isn't just a matter of talent as she uses her soul in producing her great works. Johann Bledsoe is a violinist who has made some poor choices in life but it currently fascinated by Marie. They are both stuck in Paris which is surrounded by the Prussians. Also stuck with them are Iris McTavish (an aspiring Archaeologist), Professor Edward Bailey (man who is developing the Aether side of things), Patrick O’Connell (an Irishman who is helping Edward) and Doctor Chadwick Radcliffe (an African American medical doctor). The Focus of this story is all about Marie and what has happened in the past. There is also progress on figuring out the Eros Element. This was well written and there was a lot of expansion on what was given as hints in the past, but we now get the facts and understanding of the emotions that came to play at that time. I felt by the end of this book both the characters and us as the readers understood them much better. I did get a little lost at times and that is why I only gave this a 4 and not a 5.
I may love book two in the Aether Psychics series even more than the first (read my review of book one). Picking up nearly right where book one leaves off, Light Fantastique is fraught with conflict as Paris is in the middle of a siege as love loses its way and a Phantom haunts the theatre. Yes, my dear friends, this novel appears to be a re-telling of The Phantom of the Opera. *queues up the creepy organ music* What I loved most about book two is that the characters introduced in book one were there, but became secondary characters as Dominic chose to focus on Marie and Johann plus show a bit more of Chad and Patrick. I find all the characters who inhabit this series to be fascinating. There are little hints about their past (Chad is mooning over a girl that lost her memory, Marie ran away from home) all while delving a tiny bit deeper into the magical elements introduced in book one. As for the magical elements, there isn’t much progress there. Just hints that what the group discovered in book one has more influence over the happenings that they could imagine. And there’s some connection with Marie’s and Iris’s special skills. I feel like there is more about these two pieces that could be teased out (maybe that will happen in book 3), but I did love the ode to “Phantom” so I can’t say that this lack of development detracted from my liking the book any. At this point in the series, each of the novels could be read as a stand alone as there isn’t much advancement on the discovery made in book one. Dominic gives just enough background about the previous novel without bogging down the current story so new readers have an idea of what is going on, but series returners won’t get bored with the re-hashing. I enjoyed the development of the characters that were secondary characters in book one. This is strong continuation of the Aether Psychics series and I’m looking forward to book three.
This is only my second steampunk novel. Although this one didn't have as much action, it is very obvious this writer is extremely knowledgable and talented. The characters are fully formed and come to life. The storyline moved much slower than I would like however the talent it takes to write this story is commendable. I have been gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.