Genre: Urban Fantasy / Romance
Madeline Noel fled war-torn Heaven to hide within the mortal world, but the blessing that could protect her from evil is the holy realm's forbidden power.
As a talented soprano for the Eden Theatre Company, Madeline hides among prima donnas and tone-deaf flutists. Her perfect voice may entertain audiences, but a careless laugh may shatter glass, and her greatest scream can kill. To control her unrestrained voice, the angels forbid Madeline from embracing the emotions that strengthen her song.
Anger. Fear. Love.
The demon-hunter Damascus vows to defend Madeline from Hell’s relentless evil, but he cannot protect her from her own feelings. Though they deny their dangerous attraction, her guardian becomes her greatest temptation.
Surrendering to desire may awaken the gift suppressed within Madeline’s soul, and neither Heaven nor Hell will allow such absolute power to exist.
The first thing that struck me about this story was the writing. It's lovely, dramatic, and flows quite easily. Sometimes I don't like the overly dramatic writing, but somehow this fit. It's set in an opera house and there is an angelic war going on in the wings. If that doesn't scream for drama, then I don't know what does.
As the title suggests, there is a bit of a "Phantom of the Opera" element, though mostly it's antics and the odd joke. I found the two storylines weren't as parallel as I'd first thought. (I apologize for the gif, I couldn't find Sarah Brightman anywhere! But, as the gif suggests, there's unearthly romance abound!)
It was quite entertaining as it went along. Religion didn't play a huge part, but influenced some of the world building. I was also pleased to see that not every angel was stone-faced and serious. Shiloh *made* a lot of scenes. I found the characters to be distinct. You couldn't mistaken one for another if you happened to put the book down for a while.
My only worry was the plot holes. There were a lot of big threats of "if this happens, all will perish! Everyone will die! It'll destroy them all..." then when said threat happens, there are little to no consequences. What I hoped to be a big problem wasn't realized, or ignored. Also, there are some all-seeing-all-knowing creatures (I'll keep this hidden for now) that know when you're breathing, but they have to be told when Madeline, Damascus or any other angel, for that matter, breaks the law? Just seemed a bit off.
The climax was worth the wait though. I found the story didn't slow for an instant. It kept me reading, interested and had it's fair share of romance, action and plenty of meat with love gained, love lost, betrayals, new friendships and the build up to the next book without an annoying cliffhanger.
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