Saturday, April 16, 2022

Chandelier Review Tour


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Chandelier (Book Two of the Phantoms trilogy)

I am a Phantom of the Opera junkie. I loved book one of this series, and I absolutely couldn’t wait to read this one! Think The Phantom has advanced, and it’s a much different kind of opera ghost roaming around. With all the advances in AI it’s absolutely not hard to imagine our world advancing into a state where The Matrix has become much more real. Benny was absolutely fascinating, and well developed. I got so lost in this story, with the vivid descriptions and the brilliant way Leon plays with your emotions as you follow the story’s path, that the real world felt a little less real for a short time after I came back to it. A great genre-crossing book!


Review by The Faerie Review

Phantoms (Book One of the Phantoms trilogy)

This was a brilliant new take on the Phantom of the Opera. As a fan of the original story, I’m absolutely thrilled at how well Leon and Anthony brought new life to a classic story. The characters had beautiful depth, and I felt like I was stepping straight into the story. The story moved along smoothly, with plenty of twists to keep the reader engaged. The intertwining of Macbeth above with the Phantom below was wonderful. Highly recommended for fans of the original phantom! 


Review by The Faerie Review

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Chandelier (Book Two of the Phantoms trilogy)

CHANDELIER: The legendary Phantom of the Opera reimagined.

CHANDELIER, Book Two of the PHANTOMS trilogy, returns to where Book One ended, Erik's dramatic escape from the Garnier as Paris police attempt to arrest him. So what became of Erik and the famous divas who crossed his path? Did Erik miraculously survive, or had his terrifying reign ended in the river Seine's murky depths as rumours claimed?

The truth remains hidden, seemingly lost in time, before a humanoid, Benny, is drawn into the Phantom's dark world. Here, 22nd-century super-intelligence collides with 20th-century malevolence, revealing dangerous secrets in this tale of time travel, love lost, grand opera theatres and the ghosts that inhabit them.

Benny, a talented musician, is delighted to be contracted by Diva (Madame D'Arenberg) to help deliver her final performance at the Paris opera house. However, his satisfaction turns to alarm as he is swept up in the Phantom's world, exposed to Diva's past enemies. Ultimately he learns deadly secrets about Diva's tragic life that threaten his existence, yet ironically reveals the truth about his mysterious origins.

Phantoms (Book One of the Phantoms trilogy)

Phantoms is an adult fiction novel that tells the story of Erik Destler, a latter day Phantom of the Opera. Erik sets out to take over and rule the Palais Garnier, with La Divina - the diva Carlotta Caccini, as his queen, but at each turn, is seemingly thwarted by his nemesis - the original Phantom of the Opera, now the Opera Ghost. Phantoms is set in that same famous Paris opera house, amidst the staging of Verdi’s Macbeth, one hundred years on from the first appearance of Le Fantôme de l'Opéra in 1910.

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Michael Leon is an explorer, writer and author of the new novel, Chandelier. Professionally trained in international trade, Michael has spent the last decade reading, reviewing and writing SFF novels that explore new and future worlds. His latest work, Chandelier, is a genre-bending tale of time travel, love lost, grand opera houses and the ghosts that inhabit them. Michael has travelled extensively around Europe, walking the paths of his characters, from the famous European opera houses in Phantoms to the mountain tops of Switzerland in Emissary.






Friday, April 1, 2022



Having watched and enjoyed Tarkovsky's film version of Stanislaw Lem's book, Solaris, many times, I finally got around to reading the book. Although I preferred the film, Lem's work didn't disappoint. Solaris, written in the 1960s, has not dated. Most impressive is how Lem develops an alien on a planetary scale, too complex for the best scientists to unravel its secrets, even after a century of trying. 

The novel turned out the ideal companion to the movie, helping me better understand Tarkovsky's artistic representations of Solaris. Mildly annoying, Lem includes too many chapters describing the research in detail, perhaps slowing the story's pace. That said, I rate Solaris, both book and film, 5 Stars, for its uniquely bold journey into alien worlds and its impact on humans as they attempt to make contact.