“ERIK: A Sequel to Phantom of the Opera”
A novel by Stephanie Hanson.
This story picks up shortly after the events of The Phantom of the Opera. Our protagonist, Erik, in a fit of sorrow and loneliness, is intent on death. However, a mysterious fellow, who also happens to live beneath the Paris Opera House, is hired by it’s owners to dispatch the Opera Ghost once and for all. A bloody, beaten, and nearly dead Erik is dumped in a wagon bound for a village far from Paris where a kindly priest discovers him and takes him to the local judge’s home. Erik finds himself offered a new life if he can let go of his past and accept it.
While the relatively short novel was enjoyable, the typo’s were distracting. This feel-good love story based on a beloved, familiar character, is at times overly simplistic and others wonderfully descriptive. The plot is predictable, but again, it is a “feel good love story” and it is designed to redeem Erik and offer him a happy ending. Though the author did tie the beginning of the story to the end, I would have liked to have read more details regarding the background of the villainous characters.
According to her profile on Amazon, Stephanie Hanson has more forthcoming, including a sequel to ERIK. I look forward to seeing how her writing evolves.
A pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea. I gave this a 2 1/2 cups of coffee. This book is available for purchase at Amazon for the reasonable price of 99 cents. If you are a fan of the Phantom and want to see him find happiness, this is the book for you!