In the first tantalizing installment of Jeffe Kennedy’s ravishing serial novel Master of the Opera, an innocent young woman is initiated into a sensual world of music, mystery, passion–and one man’s private obsession. . .
Fresh out of college, Christine Davis is thrilled to begin a summer internship at the prestigious Sante Fe Opera House. But on her first day, she discovers that her dream job has a dark side. Beneath the theater, a sprawling maze of passageways are rumored to be haunted. Ghostly music echoes through the halls at night. And Christy’s predecessor has mysteriously disappeared. Luckily, Christy finds a friend and admirer in Roman Sanclaro, the theater’s wealthy and handsome patron. He convinces her there’s nothing to fear–until she hears the phantom’s voice for herself. Echoing in the labrynths. Singing of a lost love. Whispering her name: Christine.
At first, Christy thinks she’s hearing things. But when a tall masked man steps out of the shadows–and into her arms–she knows he’s not a phantom of her imagination. He is the master of her desire. .
Worldbuilding: Santa Fe Opera house meets mystery, intrigue and a whole lot of awesome in this first installment of the Master of the Opera serial.
Characters: Christy, the female MC, is ‘daddy’s girl’ trying to make something of herself on her own. I loved her, she’s vibrant, fun and down to earth with a flavor of incurable romantic – one of Jeffe’s trademarks, if you ask me. She comes up with these uber-awesome characters that you can’t help but love.
I’m in love with the ‘phantom’ so far and I can’t wait to find out more about him, and Charlie is also very interesting.
Plot: Since this is a serial, I think it’s fair to say Act 1 gets you hooked. Though we don’t get a lot of story, of course this bit stops exactly where it gets you screaming “MORE!!”. Very promising start, and I trust Jeffe to make it a fantastic journey (she always does).
Writing: Third person narrative, Christy’s POV. Jeffe Kennedy’s writing just keeps getting better and better with gorgeous descriptions and amazing atmosphere building.
Curb Appeal: Good cover, great blurb, irresistible author name – for me, instant buy material.
All in all, though I don’t like serials, I adore Jeffe Kennedy’s writing so I will roll with serial for her. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m NOT into delayed gratification and loving this Act 1 has me itching for the full story right now. It ends in a cliffhanger so if you find that annoying, wait for all the story to be out, it’s gonna all out by end of March 2014 I think. Sucks to wait, but Jeffe is so worth it.