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Masque of the Swan

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  19 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
When Caralisa dances into the arms of a masked stranger, her life changes forever. Rumored to be a devil, the seductive Count of Samothrace is the most dangerous man Caralisa has ever met. With a handsome nobleman also vying for her hand, Caralisa must make a decision that will affect not only her own life, but the future of her own country.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Pinnacle
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Oct 24, 2014 Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like mysterious men behind a mask
Recommended to Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* by: Jill
3 1/2 Stars

This book was quite a mixed bag of themes, which made it all the more enjoyable.
While not your typical historical romance, it had a theme of Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, a touch of fantasy "other world" mystery, passion, secrets..ect. One would think that sounds like a train wreck of a story, but somehow it worked. I brought it down half a star because the heroine Clarrisa and I just didn't bond at all. I found her very immature and rather shallow and quite undeserving
This is one of those rare, 'it' books. I read this book first in 2001, and stopped reading romance thereafter; as I considered it the pinnacle of romance.

I truly believe the hero is the only one within romance I've read, that I'd probably pursue myself. He's unforgettable, unwaveringly patient and his self-control is infinite. Women acquire those sensibilities. ;]

I believe one of the most perplexing and alluring qualities pertaining to this hero, is that he never removes his mask.

The heroine is
May 02, 2012 Karla marked it as did-not-finish
I couldn't get into it. It didn't help that the gaggle of schoolgirls that surrounded the heroine made me want to jump into the book and take them all out. The plot also was taking too long getting starting and stuff was meandering all over the place.

Ashe's style is pretty, though, but too indirect for my current mood. I just wanted her to state something instead of describing everything with curlicues and furbelows.
MASQUE OF THE SWAN had elements of a gothic romance. With some unpredictable twists and turns, this is a pleasant mixture of Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera. The hero is a mysterious brooding man who wears a mask. The heroine is both naive and immature at moments yet I understood her angst. She yearns for true love. How much older he is than the young woman is left for the reader to guess.

Confusion, frustration and passion were some of the feelings embedded in my thoughts while I r
As a person who has never read any books or seen any films about The Phantom of the Opera, Masque of the Swan is a book that had me mystified and anxious through the entire story. It begins with the heroine Caralisa whom we're told, is an orphan living in a boarding school. The time setting is never told, so we're left to assume one according to the clothes the characters are described wearing which leads me to think around the 1500's, as this book has a lot of religious overtures which were qui ...more
Jul 17, 2012 RIF rated it it was amazing
Part fairy tale, part fantasy, all love story. So good, so original and quite powerful. Deliberately fictionalized setting seems so much a part of the tale and is loveliness itself. She's a young orphan with a gift for composing music and in love with the possibilities of life, though it's a sheltered one at her girls school. They meet and he is dashing and charmed. He shows her more of the exotic, mysterious city and displays confidence and encouragement in her compositions that lead to some fo ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
I think this is a lovely, if a little bit odd, retelling of the Phantom story. The Count is the most engaging character in the book. MichaelJohn is a little too cardboard, a little too besotted by a woman he does not know and who was masked when he met her. Caralisa is young and a bit immature, but she makes up for that throughout the book. In a twist, Caralisa is the accomplished musician and composer in this retelling. It's always been one of my favourite retellings of my favourite story.
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