Costumes and Filigree: A Novel of the Phantom of the Opera

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
In this not-so-serious retelling of the Phantom of the Opera, Christine Daaé, a rather bratty girl who lives to become a diva, is horrified to discover that her mentor, whom she believed to be an angel, is really a monstrously-disfigured man. But as she works to accomplish her goals of fame and fortune, she realizes that it is really her genteel fiancé, Raoul de Chagny, who is the true monster. More
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Dora Sorenson reviewed on Aug. 2, 2012

Without a doubt, the most marvelous story I've ever read! I loved how Christine's character progressively changed - it was much better that way, having her undergo serious character development.

Also, I never liked Raoul that much - I'd thought him a fop, and his role in this story, while obsessive and philandering, was amazingly realistic, just as Christine's bratty self was.

And Erik - dear Erik - was phenomenal! He was so kind and unconditionally loving! He deserved to win, and this story just proves that nice guys don't finish last, and that true love conquers all. I also like how you made him sane in this story. In the movie and the musical, they made Erik to be a crazed genius, but they do not highlight the fact that he was made that way by the people that shunned and tortured him. He was, naturally, my favorite character in this.

While reading this, I had a very familiar feeling of wanting to know what will happen, but at the same time not wanting the story to end. It was wonderful, ominous, romantic, and an overall learning experience.

I learned more about Norse religion and fencing techniques here than I would have on a book. Anyway, I'll stop now. Words alone are not enough to describe how much I loved this story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Claire Tramontaine reviewed on Aug. 2, 2012

To be honest, after the first few chapters, I almost decided not to read the rest of this. Christine's personality really bothered me for some reason.
Nevertheless, I'm really glad I stuck it out. This story was extremely well written, and even though Christine was bratty at first, I love the way she grew throughout the story. Erik and Raoul's characters were believable and dynamic, and the ending was perfect. This turned out to be one of my favorites.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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