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The Phantom's Apprentice

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In this re-imagining of Phantom of the Opera, meet a Christine Daaé youve never seen before

Christine faces an impossible choice: be a star at the Paris opera as Papa always wanted, or follow her dreamto become a master of illusions. First, she must steal the secrets of the enigmatic master who haunts her, survive a world of treachery and murder, and embrace the uncertain
Paperback, 344 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Sonnet Press
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Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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I caught wind of Heather Webbs The Phantoms Apprentice at the 2017 Historical Novel Society Conference in Portland. A devout cover slut, I was immediately smitten with the jacket design, but I was equally intrigued by the premise of the narrative and couldnt wait to get my hands on a copy of my own.

Did the novel live up to my expectations? That is an interesting question. The Phantoms Apprentice exists within Lerouxs
The Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite musicals, I love historical and gothic fiction, so, of course, I absolutely had to read The Phantom's Apprentice. It was such a great reimaging of the beloved play, I enjoyed it immensely. The writing is exquisite, the descriptions of Paris and the Opera House are so vivid, I could easy picture the gorgeous setting and feel immersed in the story.

Christine was an interesting and complex heroine, the Angel of Music was a lot more disturbing than his
Hazel Gaynor
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her latest captivating historical novel, Heather Webb casts an intriguing new light on the much-loved tale, The Phantom of the Opera and in her smart and compelling novel, Webb allows the heroine, Christine Daae, to take centre stage. This is a novel full of magic and atmosphere, lush historical detail and page-turning suspense, and is sure to enthrall, enchant and delight those who are already fans of the Phantom, as well as those who discover the classic tale through Webb's wonderful ...more
Sonja Yoerg
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A couple years ago, my husband and I hiked the French Pyrenees for a month, staying in small inns and B&Bs. The best meal we had, hands down, was created by an Englishwoman. The French can be territorial about their cuisine, so I asked her how French guests responded to her meals. She explained that she never attempts classic dishes (coq a vin, beef bourguignon) but instead reinvents them so they cannot be directly compared. Clever!

I thought of this while savoring Webb's take on Phantom of
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I'm sorry to say that this is a book that failed to live up0 to my expectations. I was really looking forward to reading this book since Phantom of the Opera is a favorite book of mine. But, the changes, most noticeable to the characters didn't work for me. However, I did I find the book to be easy to read as the writing is good. I just didn't care for the story. I'm just not that thrilled to read books that change the characters so much from the original ones that you don't recognize them ...more
Lisa Montanaro
He was bound to love you when, he heard you sing. These words are from the lyrics to the song All I Ask of You, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera. And all I can think of as I write this review is that I was bound to love this book the minute I heard it was about Phantom of the Opera!

I have always been a fan of Phantom of the Opera. I read the original book, written by Gaston Leroux. Ive seen the Broadway musical multiple times, memorized the music from
Erika Robuck
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Phantom fans rejoice! This reimagining will not only bring to life everything you love about the play, but will take it deeper into the darkness behind the music, the yearning, and the operas secrets.

It is a great joy to savor the passive heroine reimagined as a driven, complex woman. All of the characters have depth, and throughout the narrative Webb keeps the reader guessing about who can be trusted. The settings are rich and sensual, and the movement between salons, seasides, and stages keeps
Camille Maio
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an early fan of all things Phantom (my first Broadway show when I was 13), I've read the book scores of time and seen the show eight times in five cities. (I've also visited Box 5 in the Paris Opera House.) So, I was eager to read this new retelling of the story from Christine's point of view, and I was not disappointed! As one needs to do with any reimagining, you must suspend an abundance of pre-conceived notions of HOW IT SHOULD BE and appreciate the author's own spin on it. For those who ...more
Pam Jenoff
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Phantom of the Opera will adore this reimagining of the beloved tale. Christine Daae, mourning her father's death, secures a position singing at the renowned Nouvel Opera in Paris, only to found herself ensnared in a dangerous web between a jealous diva and The Angel of Music, a mysterious phantom obsessed with Christine and his muse. Can Christine find safety and salvation with the help of her childhood friend and newfound love Raoul by returning to her own true gift, illusion and ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
NOTE: Received as an ARC from Netgalley.

As a fan of the original Phantom, Michael Crawford (or perhaps I should say the OG OG), and the movie Phantom, Gerard Butler, I enjoyed this retelling. It presents a more complex, resourceful Christine than in the Leroux book or Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and does a good job of depicting Christine's conflicted feelings for the Phantomis he "angel or demon"? A great combination of music and magic that held my interest all the way through.
Linda Zagon
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lindas Book Obsession Review of The Phantoms Apprentice by Heather Webb

My Review of The Phantoms Apprentice by Heather Webb

Bravo to Heather Webb, Author of The Phantomss Apprentice for weaving such a fantastic story combining, music, magic and mystery. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, with an essence of magicical realism thrown in.
This is sort of a re-telling of The Phantom of the Opera, with many of the similar characters, but there are differences. In this
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it

3.5/5 stars

''No man can possess you, Christine, or he will pay.''

The Phantom's Apprentice is a beautifully dramatic, engrossing, suspenseful and in some ways romantic story, with more plot twist then I expected.
Nobody was what they seemed. Everybody had secrets and everyone was a little creepy.
There are so many characters in this book that I don't know either I hate them or love them. The main character Christine, being one of them.
I really like the relationship Christine and her father
Stephanie Thornton
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In The Phantom's Apprentice, Heather Webb has woven an atmospheric tale of magic and mystery, shining the spotlight squarely on Christine Daae. I loved the added depth of spiritualism that was rampant in Paris during the story of Phantom of the Opera, how that mysticism became a guiding force in Christine's life and also explained some of the Phantom's elaborate trickery. While I love Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, this is a novel for history lovers who want the suspense of Christine's story to ...more
Aimie Runyan
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful spin on the Phantom's tale. Beautifully crafted and engrossing! Well done!
Arybo ✨

The Phantom of the opera is Gaston Leroux's best-known book, for which the author has done extensive research on the world of opera. In that book, the Paris Opera House is as important a character as Christine or Erik, because it enters inside the plot and changes the choices of the characters. What I liked the most in that book was the atmosphere: lights, curtains, dust, gold. The music that invades the rooms full of people and guests, singers and dancers. The theater has a unseen face, hidden
Christie Sitterly
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of The Phantom of the Opera musical will be enthralled as they are drawn into The Phantoms Apprentice by Heather Webb. Webbs version takes a twist on the original story, and gives us insight into the background and hopes and desires of Christine Daae. Singing is not her passion. She desires to become a magician and enlists the help of her best friend in putting together a show. However, the Phantom has other ideas and blackmails her. Should she give up singing, it will cost her her family, ...more
Being a big fan of The Phantom of the Opera musical, when I first heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. With a gorgeous setting (and that cover!), the retelling of this story is done beautifully by Heather Webb. This was a book that I read slowly to savor every detail and moment of Christine Daaé's story. The Phantom's Apprentice was as satisfying and magical as the musical and movie. Very well done!

I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. All
Orly Konig
An enchanting, fresh retelling! Heather Webbs writing is beautiful and her story telling transports the reader into a world thats full of lush details and intrigue. Highly recommended! ...more
Rachel McMillan
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was fantastic, well-written and sensory experience that will appeal to fans of both the musical and Leroux's famous work.

Webb weaves a spell around those who love gothic romance, but creates her own world and steps firmly out the pastiche category by her distinctive voice and take on an oft-told tale.

Perhaps my favourite part of the novel is that by giving the voice (at least the narrative voice) to Christine, she is given agency and empathy. Whereas in the stage representation and the
Jenny Q
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
In my younger years, I was such a fan of The Phantom of the Opera musical. I still remember seeing it on Broadway all those years ago, sitting up in the nosebleeds and being thoroughly entranced. My mom bought me the soundtrack on the way out, and I soon knew it by heart. I was surprised at how many of those lyrics came back to me as I was reading The Phantom's Apprentice. It's been a very long time since I saw the musical, and I've never read the book on which it's based, so I went into this ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I was fortunate enough to receive this through NetGalley and I've always been a huge fan of the Phantom story, so when I ran across this book I was eager to see what a retelling might hold. In hindsight, though it didn't 'thrill,' I don't regret reading it either.

What I loved about this book, is that aside from her own muse's direction, it still feels like the original Phantom story. I mean, in the vernacular sense. I instantly felt a familiarity with her writing, not just because I knew the
Amy Wolf
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher/author for providing a copy of THE PHANTOM'S APPRENTICE in exchange for an honest review.

I have always had an insane interest in the Phantom of the Opera. It was my grandmother's favorite musical and she passed that love down to me. I was so excited to read this book, and it far surpassed my expectations. The story follows the life of Christine Daae, as she explores the life of the opera in her early twenties, and struggles to find out what she wants out
Katherine Hardisty
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just spent six hours straight reading this book and I have no regrets. It is perfect for lovers of the original story as well as people who have a hard time with musicals but have always wanted to enter the phantoms world. I also appreciated having a stronger willed Christine because I mean come on you guys have seen the movie and sheesh that girl is useless. All in all, I LOVED it and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a more in depth look at the 'curious affair of the phantom ...more
Crystal King
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't stop thinking about this book...which also kept me up super late, wondering what was going to happen next. I loved Heather Webb's take on this famous story, told from Christine Daaé's point of view. It's a magical, action-packed tale, impeccably researched and thoughtfully revamped to bring new life into the story. I loved the angle of bringing in the world of the illusionist into the novel, giving Christine the chance to turn the tables on her Angel of Music. The characters are vivid ...more
The Lit Bitch
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my radar since I finished Webbs cowritten novel, THE LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS. I loved that book and was eager to read more by her. Plus throw in that Phantom of the Opera is indeed one of my favorite films/operas and you have a reader who was EXTRA eager to read this book.

This book is told from Christines perspective which intrigued me. I have never read the original Phantom of the Opera novel by Gaston Leroux, but Im curious about how much of the original influenced this
Julianne Douglas
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Experience the magic of music--and the music of magic!--in Heather Webb's latest novel, THE PHANTOM'S APPRENTICE (Sonnet Press). With the finesse and skill of a master conjuror, Webb transmutes the familiar substance of the Phantom of the Opera tradition into a haunting tale of love, loss, and rebirth. Combining newly-imagined elements of magic and hidden family secrets with a substrate that draws from both Gaston Leroux's original 1910 novel and Andrew Lloyd Webber's famed 1986 Broadway ...more
Donna Hines
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A masterful suspense with a twist on a classic that draws in readers to the magic, the secrets, the lies, the illusions and the spirits and souls that have departed. Or have they?
During the 1840-1920's spiritualism took hold and many believed that souls could communicate to the living, evolve in after life, and be felt and heard here on Earth.
Gothic novels gained precedence and focused attention upon our loved ones and their souls.
In this well crafted, diverse, complex, and beautifully paced
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I love classics despite the fact that I've only read a few. There is something precious in those books that you just have to read them. Now, here's a retelling of a book I've only seen as a movie and apparently led me to rewatch it and boy, I seriously can't remember how many times I've replayed the song "Think of Me"!

The Phantom's Apprentice is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera that was
Heather C
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I approach The Phantoms Apprentice possibly from a different angle than many readers do I have no point of reference from The Phantom of the Opera to compare to: not movie, stage performance, nor book! So Webbs treatment here is a completely fresh slate for me.

One thing that drew me to this novel was the exploration of the spiritualist movement sweeping the globe at this time. We still find magic and mysticism fascinating today, but it would be even more so at a point in time where technologies
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Heather Webb is the USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of 6 historical novels set in France. She's also an avid traveler, foodie, and history nerd.

A little more about her books: In 2017, LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS won the Women's Fiction Writers Association award, and in 2019, MEET ME IN MONACO was shortlisted for both the RNA award in the UK and also the Digital Book World Fiction prize.

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