AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF ETIENNE
The Tale of the
Despite the belief that
Christine was an “innocent” among the world of theater, she was
well acquainted with the competitive spirit that pulls one star to the top of
the public’s attention and crashes another down into oblivion. She’d
grown up in the ballet corps, watched performances for years, and now had an
opportunity to achieve excellence. Oh, she wanted the attentions of the Viscount
de Chagny, but initially she was willing to put even that at risk to become
a diva. Humans are devious and deceptive. She tells Raoul that Erik frightens
her, but she secretly relishes the chance to go to the very depths of the cellars
and practice with the maestro. She has discovered, and not a moment too soon,
that she can play both sides of the tracks and come out ahead. Does she care
that Erik’s heart is breaking? No. In Leroux’s book, she spares
him one parting little kiss on his forehead. Do his tears stir her into lingering?
No. Undeserving Jezebel has spun her plot. Her training is complete and now
she may marry the man with the whole face. The fop dandy who has been babied
all his life and given every whim he ever desired. Ambitious Christine is no
heroine. She goes back to the cellars time and again to focus on her musical
performances. It is the Phantom that upsets her calculating plans by stealing
her right off center stage in a bold unprecedented stroke of iron-handed will.
Julie in Texas
Congratulations! You are an amazing
insightful writer. I believe that Leroux's book indicates Christine benefitted
from her lessons, that she enjoyed the attention she received from both Raoul
and Erik, and that she was ambitious.
When I found out I won the contest
I stood up and screamed so loud that I scared my husband and both our dogs!
Cannot wait to receive my copy of the Tale of the Bloodline. I love
everything Etienne de Mendes writes.
Julie, still dancing
I love the way this third book has
taken a sci-fi twist, and the love scenes sent me to the heavens. The human
interest remains high in Etienne's work. I may be young, but I know what I like.
Can't wait for The Disciples of the Night!
Julie in Austin (the
great state of Texas)
RETURN OF THE PHANTOM
Phantom of the Opera sequel
Opera Ghost Returns
Paris Opera House
Return of the Phantom
Season of the Witch
Tale of the Bloodline
Etienne de Mendes
Phantom, Christine Daae, Madame Giry
your eyes, glut your soul on my cursed ugliness!"
music for The Return of the Phantom by Brett Lahti
Leroux would be proud