"Dark story of one man's redemption!"
Ever since his mother's death, Dax has had no home life.
The death of his mother was a catalyst to his father, who
decided Dax would be best protected by a dear friend of his—
Sir Dysart Carlyle. In order to keep Dax safe, Sir Dysart
moved around, a lot and kept changing his name with every
different place they lived. Right now, they're in a cottage
by the sea and Dax's godmother—Lady Amelia—is bringing
someone to see him. A carriage pulls up with a little girl
inside. Her name is Robyn and it was decided at her birth
that she would be betrothed to Dax. When Robyn gives Dax a
gift, a silver heart on a red ribbon, he reciprocates and
gives her the feather in his hat. When Lady Amelia's
servant comes and tells everyone there are riders
approaching, Robyn is bundled off to safety and Dax and
Lady Amelia jump into another carriage with Sir Dysart
driving. When Sir Dysart is shot, Lady Amelia gives Dax her
gun and tells him to jump out of the carriage. He does,
ends up hitting a tree, breaking his neck and the gun
accidentally discharges, hitting him straight in the heart.
And thus begins Dax's life as a Phantom—a stealer of souls.
Sixteen years later, Dax is once again in England after
remembering his past. Now trying to clear his father's name—
the man was hanged for treason, wrongly—Dax has decided to
find the one good thing in his past—Robyn, his once
betrothed. He only wants to see her because he knows his
Phantom will want to steal her soul and he vows never to do
that. Through one thing after the other, Dax ends up
rescuing Robyn from some brigands and takes her to the
caves he and his band use for their smuggling. The more
time they spend together, the more Dax is tempted to claim
Robyn's soul, but somehow, the man manages to hold the
Phantom back. On the other hand, Robyn has absolutely no
recollection of Dax as the boy she was once betrothed to,
but she is attracted to him.
Is there a chance for Dax and Robyn to have a relationship?
Exactly who destroyed Dax's father? And who is Dax? What is
his real name? Will Dax be able to clear his father?
PHANTOM is a classic story of good versus evil. Author
Lindsay Randall does a wonderful job of putting us in Dax's
mind as he constantly struggles against the Phantom within
him. The evil characters in this story are truly evil. And
we watch as Robyn does everything she can to redeem her
Phantom. There are more than enough subplots in this story
to keep any reader engaged. This is definitely not a light,
easy read, but instead dark and full of evil.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted July 4, 2008
A Phantom's power ... a woman's love
Every night at midnight Dax could start to feel the change. The curse that made him less human as the Phantom inside struggled to take over. Then he would hear the ghost riders -- their pounding hoofbeats drawing ever nearer, reminding him that he was never safe. Nor were the ones he loved.
As a girl, Robyn had pledged herself to him. But that was a lifetime ago. Now she was a woman. Beautiful. Pure. Every time she was near -- her soft skin, her delicate scent -- the Phantom wanted to claim her, to bring her body to the greatest heights of pleasure. Then steal her soul. Dax couldn't allow that to happen. He was supposed to be protecting her. But deep down, he knew her love could save him. If the Phantom didn't get her first.