The Phantom's Apprentice
In this re-imagining of Phantom of the Opera, meet a Christine Daaé you've never seen before...
Christine Daaé sings with her violinist father in salons all over Paris, but she longs to practice her favorite pastime--illusions. When her beloved Papa dies during a conjurer's show, she abandons her magic and surrenders to grief and guilt. Life as a female illusionist seems too dangerous, and she must honor her father's memory.
Concerned for her welfare, family friend Professor Delacroix secures an audition for her at the Opéra de Paris--the most illustrious stage in Europe. Yet Christine soon discovers the darker side of Paris opera. Rumors of murder float through the halls, and she is quickly trapped between a scheming diva and a mysterious phantom. The Angel of Music.
But is the Angel truly a spirit, or a man obsessed, stalking Christine for mysterious reasons tangled in her past?
As Christine's fears mount, she returns to her magical arts with the encouragement of her childhood friend, Raoul. Newfound hope and romance abounds...until one fateful night at the masquerade ball. Those she cares for--Delacroix, the Angel, and even Raoul--aren't as they seem. Now she must decide whom she trusts and which is her rightful path: singer or illusionist.
To succeed, she will risk her life in the grandest illusion of all.
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About the Author
Heather Webb is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Last Ship Home, The Phantom's Apprentice, Rodin's Lover, and Becoming Josephine. Heather is also a freelance editor, and teaches craft courses at a local college. Her novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages, worldwide. She lives in Connecticut with her family and one feisty rabbit.
"Webb combines music and magic seamlessly in The Phantom's Apprentice, weaving glittering new threads into the fabric of a classic story. Romantic, suspenseful and inventive, this novel sweeps you along to its breathless conclusion." -- Greer Macallister, USA Today bestselling author of The Magician's Lie and Girl in Disguise
"A performance worthy of the Paris Opera...Christine's evolution from 'damsel in distress' to self-reliant woman is masterfully done, hooking the reader from the first page. Webb's work is immersive, well-crafted, and beautifully paced. A must-read!"--Aimie K. Runyan, author of Daughters of the Night Sky