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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
For Love of the Phantom is the first in the Phantom Rising series written by Davyne DeSye. Beginning exactly where the original Phantom of the Opera had ended, Erik’s regret in losing Christine is so deep that he chooses to pursue her once more after she has left. He leaves his fortune to Madame Giry, fakes his own death, and bids farewell to the Opera House which had been his home since the day he was born. Erik discovers that Christine has returned to her homeland of Sweden as the wife of his nemesis, Raoul, much to Erik’s dismay. Forbidden by her husband to sing, Christine is soon very depressed. She does all she can to please Raoul, who values money more than love. While Christine is happy living in Sweden again, her husband decides that they will both move to London, where he can rebuild his fortune, but Erik finds a way to secretly become a part of their lives prior to their arrival. When Jack the Ripper starts his murderous rampage, Christine’s safety quickly becomes Erik’s only focus, regardless of what he must sacrifice.
Davyne DeSye has kept true to the style of Phantom of the Opera in writing this wonderful sequel. For Love of the Phantom takes into account every aspect of the original tale, while taking Erik, Christine and Raoul across the globe. Erik’s love for Christine is timeless and without limits. Although she was afraid when she fled the Opera House, Christine quickly realized that the only thing she feared was Erik’s disfigured face, not his heart. I very much enjoyed the fact that Erik was accepted by the fisherman, and was tickled by Erik’s sea-faring name of Lucky. The story behind how he earns the name is refreshing and fun, and to see Erik’s acceptance outside of the Opera House, regardless of his facial disfigurement, was heartwarming. For Love of the Phantom does not rehash too much of the original story, and I therefore suggest that readers first read the story of Erik and Christine in the book (or film) Phantom of the Opera prior to reading For Love of the Phantom, in order to gain full enjoyment and understanding of this tale. I recommend this book to all fans of Phantom of the Opera and to those who believe in unbridled true love.