Nocturne (The Guardian of the Opera Book 1)

A delightful retelling of the Phantom of the Opera from a new perspective, exploring love, betrayal, and the masks we all hide behind. Paris, 1881. Ballet dancer Meg Giry befriends a newcomer to the Opera Garnier, soprano Christine Daaé. As their friendship grows, both women are hiding secrets: Christine is receiving singing lessons from a supposed Angel of Music, and Meg once met a very human Opera Ghost, forever changing her view of the Opera’s specter. Behind the Phantom’s disguise is Erik, a man of many talents and many masks. When he falls in love with Christine, he can’t resist at last allowing himself to be seen. But love without trust can only lead to heartbreak, as events escalate and the Phantom of the Opera begins to lose control. With strange events unfolding and the pieces failing to add up, Meg tries to unravel the truth about the Phantom – and about Christine. Meg will discover that not all is as it seems and the masks we can see may be the least concealing ones. Fans of the beloved Phantom of the Opera story as well as newcomers to the tale will enjoy this story of mystery and romance set at the Opera Garnier. Enjoy seeing characters you think you know, and come away with a new view of the Phantom of the Opera.

Meet Cheryl Mahoney

Cheryl Mahoney lives in California and dreams of other worlds. She is the author of the Guardian of the Opera trilogy, exploring the Phantom of the Opera story from a new perspective. She also wrote the Beyond the Tales quartet, retelling familiar fairy tales, but subverting expectations with new twists to the tales. Cheryl loves exploring new worlds in the past, the future or fairyland, and builds her stories around characters finding their way through those worlds—especially characters overlooked or underestimated by the people around them.