By 1856, Erik, a musical genius, has spent his last few years traveling with a band of gypsies. Now an adult, he has his own tent designed to take on the appearance of an elegant opera house and he has no shortage of fans who enjoy the beauty of his elegant voice. The gypsies have set up camp in Russia where the cold air proves bothersome for Erik. After deciding to move tBy 1856, Erik, a musical genius, has spent his last few years traveling with a band of gypsies. Now an adult, he has his own tent designed to take on the appearance of an elegant opera house and he has no shortage of fans who enjoy the beauty of his elegant voice. The gypsies have set up camp in Russia where the cold air proves bothersome for Erik. After deciding to move to the warmer climate of Italy, Erik overhears a conversation that compels him to journey to Persia instead. After arriving in Persia, he meets the mighty Shah and eventually builds him a magnificent palace filled with many secrets. During his tumultuous first years in Persia, Erik gains admiration and respect from some who believe he has mystic powers, but he also gains hatred from others who want him dead. One man sees something extraordinary in him, and even though Erik has refused to let anyone into his battered heart, a friendship is destined that will alter both men's paths dramatically. Just as Erik gains political prowess, he begins a life-and-death battle against two powerful nations-changing the course of his life forever....
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Mon Ami Reviews
Absolute best book in this series so far. I loved all of the details about Erik's involvement in the design and construction of the palace for the Shah of Persia. (Again, nice detail from the original Leroux book). All of the political intrigue was fascinating as well - especially between Erik and the Shah's right hand man, Haman. Erik's design of the clock tower in the palace and its intricate workings were also fascinating. Best of all, however, is the extensive look at the relationship that develops between the "Persian" -- called Oded in this book -- and Erik. We also learn that Erik not only makes friends with Oded but also gets to know all of the members of Oded's family quite well. My two criticisms stem from the closing pages of the book. I thought some of the scenes were not necessary and I was somewhat confused when Erik's narrative suddenly switched again to the days in the Paris Opera house. That ruined the emotional impact of previous pages in the book (at least for me). Also, I am not quite sure I liked the explanation of the motivations for what happened to Oded's family. It didn't seem to make much sense to me. First of all, why did Bruns include a scene prior to Oded's family tragedy in which the Sultan's wife tries to persuade Erik to use his mirror torture chamber on her enemies but then she has no involvement in what befell Oded's family? For lack of better comparison, this seemed like introducing a metaphorical gun that was never used, for example. Also, how were Erik's enemies able to figure out so quickly he was responsible for the assassinations of their family members in Russia......and then tie Erik to Oded's family with equal speed? Just didn't make a lot of sense, at least to me. This is the mid-19th century, after all. The telephone was still in its infancy and we were eons away from instant communication. BUT I just want to emphasize, despite these issues, I thought this book was wonderful. It is certainly one of the best "Phan" books I have read of late.
AMAZING!! Everything fits perfectly with the actual version of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. This story takes Erik to Persia where he meets Oded (or in Leroux's, The Persian) and how their relationship grows into a passonate friendship despite hardships. By this book, it is easy to understand why Erik acts the way he does and every time he makes a mistake, you still find yourself scolding him. I had to take a break halfway through because it is such a rollercoster with both Erik's and your emotions. But I can't wait to read what else Theodora Bruns has in store for him.
I love, love, love these books. I finished the second book and couldnt wait to start this one. I read these too fast. I dont want to catch up to her last book. I hate waiting for new releases!