Another chapter in the life of the infamous Phantom of the Opera continues, as he leaves Paris and moves to Malta in search of a new beginning. Clothed in secrecy, he purchases the Royal Opera House in Valletta, which has been destroyed by a devastating fire. In an attempt to bury the pain of his past, the burned-out shell becomes his new obsession and driving force to live. He is determined to resurrect the structure from ashes and return it to glory. After years of hard work, the gala reopening is a huge triumph. The Phantom is convinced he has reached the pinnacle of success in life. In search of amusement, he takes on a new student, which leads him down a path of romance, mystery, and danger that challenges his life to the core. Will he survive the obstacles he encounters or will this finally be his undoing and death?
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About the Author
Vicki started her writing career somewhat late in life, but can attest to the fact that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Her debut novel was released in 2009, and six books later and another on the way, she doesn't think she will stop any time soon. She is an award-winning and best selling author in historical sagas/historical romance.
With Russian blood on her father's side and English on her mother's, she blames her ancestors for the lethal combination in her genes that influence her stories. Tragedy and drama might be found between her pages, but she eventually gives her readers a happy ending.
She lives in the beautiful, but rainy, Pacific Northwest with a pesky cat who refuses to let her sleep in. Her hobbies include researching her English ancestry, traveling to England when she can afford it, and plotting her next book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For anyone who didn't like "The Phantom of Manhattan" or "Love Never Dies", this book is for you! Wonderful writing throughout and a new twist on the Phantom's life after the end of "The Phantom of the Opera." Being a fan of the other sequels, I can say I was pleasantly surprised at the plot of "The Phantom of Valletta." It was funny on occassions (if you've read the original Leroux novel, you'll find humor in the references made to it here) and a tear-jerker in some spots. Loved it, and those of you looking for a different view on Erik, our beloved Phantom, will, too!
Vicki Hopkins has woven a beautiful, intricate tale that will make you think you have everything figured out, and then she throws you a curve ball. I throughly enjoyed reading this story and it is one of my favorites now. :) I will eagerly wait for the next novel to come out of this brilliant mind.
Vickie Hopkins¿ sequel to the Phantom of the Opera titled the Phantom of Valletta is an ingenious fictional debut. Taking up where Gaston Leroux left off at the end of his classic story, Hopkins begins her evocative tale with Erik still alive after the Opera House fire in Paris. Finding an interesting advertisement in the morning newspaper that peaks Erik¿s interest into believing that maybe there is still hope for him yet, he devises a plan to resurrect his soul and his love of music. Across the seas on the island of Malta off Italy¿s Mediterranean coast, there is another Opera House lying in ruin and crying out for restoration. Thinking he could escape his horrid tragic past by relocating where society members would not know of his ghostly legend, he believes a project of this monumental scale will act as a healer, and give him renewed strength to begin anew; allowing him to finally create an Opera House of his very own. Arriving to Malta along with his longtime friend Madame Giry and the ex-manager of the Paris Opera house, the three work diligently for three years slowly rebuilding the new theatre to it¿s original glory and more. Once finished and restored to opulence and grandeur, Erik is for once happy yet still craving the one thing his heart desires most, love. While prowling the catwalks of his new architectural wonder, he comes across a young woman sitting in the orchestra pit stroking a violin. Shocked at her audacity to play with it as if a toy, he jumps down from the balcony above her to frighten her. Against his rage, Desiree Martin professes to have always yearned to become a violin player. Thinking her silly, Erik laughs at her believing no mere woman could coax passion out of an instrument so esteemed as the violin. Challenging her for sport and to occupy his time, Erik takes on what will be his second adventure into tutoring a beautiful young woman, though fearing it will end up in a perilous heap as it did with his beloved Christine. But lesson after lesson has Desiree improving greatly and Erik begins to fall in love, again. But something is not quite right with Desiree, and with the Opera House that is now being threatened by an anonymous villain seeking revenge. The Phantom of Valletta brings many wondrous things to the pages Hopkins vividly pens. Romance, passion, mystery, murder and mayhem, drama, music, action, and a grand scope of how the power of love can heal all, and that appearances don¿t matter when choosing someone to share your life with. I thoroughly enjoyed this new twist on the age old Phantom of the Opera tale, and highly praise the author for her inventiveness, great character development, and a story well told. Loved it!