Rune Germaine moves to a boarding school outside of Paris, only to discover that at this opera-house-turned-music-conservatory, phantoms really do exist. RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera-inspired retelling in which Rune's biggest talent--her voice--is also her biggest curse. Fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the Splintered series will find themselves captivated by this pulse-pounding spin on a classic tale. Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumoured to have a haunted past. Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she's seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn't have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears.
When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realises that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he's ever known.
For any readers familiar with my books and my website, you'll know that I like to make and listen to playlists for every book I write. Here’s my Splintered Series playlists, as an example. Today, I'm giving an encore presentation of 5 songs that had a special role in the writing of RoseBlood, along with some glimpses into the scenes they inspired.
Nature Boy by Aurora
This song is a perfect reflection of Thorn through Rune's eyes: the enigmatic, broken, masked boy who appears and vanishes as if by magic, who seems to know all of Rune's secrets and how to heal her soul sickness with his violin, who's trying to find his own truths while trapped between loneliness and loyalty, and humanity and love.
In My Dream by Fyfe Monroe
Just as Christine sings in the Broadway musical: "And do I dream again, for
now I find, The Phantom of the Opera is there inside my mind," Rune's own dreams become more substantial than reality at times. This song embodies the eeriness and mystery behind those interludes.
This ballad provided the perfect mystical, otherworldly mood for the romantic moments in the book, most especially during the rooftop scene, my personal favorite. I get all swoony just thinking about it... ❤
Bittersweet by Apocalyptica
Thorn and the Phantom have a strained relationship throughout the story, a rift caused by Rune's presence at the academy. But this isn't a romantic love triangle. If anything, it's a triangle formed by a boy torn between his love for his father, and his ever-deepening affections for a girl he has an otherworldly connection to. I could almost envision the father and son performing this duet as Thorn plays his violin (in place of a cello) -- the Phantom lost to bitterness from past experiences, and Thorn craving the freedom to have those very experiences for himself.
Sacrifice by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke
What would a Phantom of the Opera retelling be without some operatic inspiration? This particular heartbreaking melody inspired me while writing chapter 12, one of the most visceral, emotional, gritty, and riveting scenes of the book, IMO. Stepping back in time into Thorn's childhood and a pivotal moment between him and the Phantom that sealed their fates and destinies forever.
And there you have the highlights. To listen to all 53 songs on the official RoseBlood playlist, follow this link.