The one thing that I love about Amazon is the variety of books available for instance I never heard of the book version of 'The Phantom' and came across it by accident and was intrigued in that I loved the movie version(with Gerard Butler)...Not that I was bedazzled by Gerard..noooo!!
As I stated before I love to read about villians and Erik is such a tortured soul that one simply must find out why? Susan Kay did a brilliant job of making Erik a truly tragic, flawed genius and the way she describes his inner turmoil and agony is brilliant.
What came across in her story is the question, who are the real
monsters? For instance Erik's mother was beautiful and yet her cruelty towards Erik is despicable, but also understandable in that disabilities or deformities in those times were seen as a punishment from God. The part that really touched me was when Erik made his birthday wish known and the pathos of the situation was not overdone by the author. It's just a pity that Christine Daee is such a blah character and it was a marvelous move by the author to keep her till the end.
I did like the book and have ordered her other book on Elizabeth 1...It is always a real joy to find another wonderful writer.
PS LOL & Misfit I laughed out loud with those awful quotes.