The Phantom of the Opera is reborn in this supernatural tale of music, passions, and love.
When Rune sings opera, everyone is captivated, but her gift comes with a price. Singing is a compulsion she can’t ignore, and each song sickens and weakens her. In an effort to cure Rune, her mother sends her to RoseBlood, a performing arts boarding school in France that is rumored to have ties to the legend. Not long after Rune’s arrival, the mysteries start accumulating, and at the center of them all is her gift. When she meets Thorn, a masked figure who seemingly appears out of nowhere and teaches her to control her mysterious ability, she is convinced she’s found the Phantom. But Thorn has spent most of his life serving the real Phantom—and the Phantom has plans for Rune. The harder Thorn falls for Rune, the more dangerous his path. Howard combines Gaston Leroux’s original Phantom of the Opera with the legend’s real-life inspirations to create an original story that is both beautiful and haunting. Through Rune’s and Thorn’s alternating narratives, readers are treated to colorful descriptions and intriguing back stories that come together in an unexpected twist. Thorn is French and described as olive-complected, while Rune is white with a “gypsy” heritage that plays a role in her character.
A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)