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Phantom's Legacy Paperback – April 8, 2008
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This is NOT a "bodice-ripper"! Lucilla Epps has taken the story of Erik and tastefully written him as a real man, with strengths and faults, humor and sadness. I really enjoyed the roles of Madame and Meg Giry in the continuing tale, and even Carlotta has a part (though NOT the lead...). A real surprise is the resolution of the rivalry between Raoul and Erik--but I give too much away...
Play a concerto, light some candles, pour a glass of wine, and immerse yourself in this excellent first novel--I don't think you'll be disappointed!
The scope of this book is what is most impressive. The plot is fast-paced because it has to be; the author covers nearly half a century from beginning to end. It is obvious that Ms. Epps did a lot of research about WWI, which touches the characters in tragic and personal ways. It is also obvious that she has a lot of love for these characters, and wanted to give us "the rest of the story," to use Paul Harvey's favorite sign-off.
The main criticisms I have about this book are that the large amount of exposition got tedious, especially when written in the first person. Some of the dialogue seemed unnecessarily cryptic, and the punctuation was odd: underlinings where there should have been dashes or ellipses. A couple of really pivotal plot points seemed questionable and far-fetched to me. Also, towards the end, there were too many characters for me to keep track of---which is always a risk in a multi-generational story. The book would have benefited from a genealogy chart in the front, or something like that, so we could keep track of whose children are whose.
Aside from those factors, I did enjoy this book. I read the whole thing in one night, in fact. The things I did enjoy were: the bedroom scenes were very tastefully written, with no squishy, graphic details--just tender and romantic ones. The characters were interesting (what we could see of them from inside Erik's head), and I especially liked his "daughter" and how she affected his character.Read more ›
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I am very glad I took the chance of reading this book. It is a whole different perspective on a alternate ending of the Phantom of The Opera. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by gadget annie
This book took you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The depth and detail was staggering. It truly told us what took place between the fire at the opera house and the rose... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Ann Maggard
Brilliantly written. Loved the twisted turns the author does with the original characters. Loved the outcome and the final legacy of Erik.Published on May 19, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Perfect ending; couldn't put this book down an excellent ending to a tragic story. Pull out the Kleenex it WILL make you shed a tear or two.Published on October 8, 2012 by M. Ham
This book needed some serious editing. There were no paragraph breaks to indicate a shift in time or thought. It's told in first person by Erik's (the phantom) point of view. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by H. Reed
As much as I love to read either a retelling or a continuing story with my favorite characters, I have to say this one let me down. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by kraziekacie
This melodramatic saga, based on the 2004 Phantom of the Opera movie, attempts to fill in the years between the Phantom's flight from the Opera House and his placement of the ring... Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by Johnnie's Angel
Note: This book is a sequel to the 2004 movie. This is a great read and well worth the money for any "Phans" out there. The down-side first.... Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by GB Phan
I'll admit it. The only thing I know about the Phantom is from what I caught from one time that I watched the movie over at a friend's house. Read morePublished on December 11, 2009 by Ashleigh Holmes