Historical Fiction

The Queen of the Night

by Alexander Chee

Quick take

An original role is something every opera star dreams of, but this is not a role that is new to Lilliet... There are only four people who know the truth about her secret past. And one of them has talked.

Why I love it

Love, music, secrets, and betrayal are at the heart of this captivating novel, set in 19th-century France.

World-famous soprano of the Paris Opera, Lilliet Berne is approached at a party by a writer. He has just completed a new novel and is excited to turn it into an opera, with her as its star.

An original role is something every opera star dreams of, but this is not a role that is new to Lilliet...

Member thoughts

40% Love
37% Like
19% Dislike
  • Cynthia D.

    Massapequa, NY

    "So interesting!"

  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "Our main character Lilliet is magnetic, she has an object that keeps playing a large role in her life, and fate plays a large role in the plot, she uses opportunities to her advantage."

  • Melissa H.

    Collingswood, NJ

    "Amazing!! One of my all time favorite books! Beautiful story "

  • Julie S.

    Maumelle, AR

    "Oh, I just love this book. It was so fun and intriguing. "

  • Laura Y.

    Miami, FL

    "Kind of makes you want to go back in time and live in this era of as a member of the upper class French society. The descriptions are beautiful, just like the book itself. "

  • Kaitlyn R.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "Absolutely amazing. It's a little hard to get in to at first but it picks up and there are a ton of plot twists!"

  • Michele J.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "A sweeping and gorgeous epic of opera, romance, secrets and sex, all involving no less than the crowns of Europe and woman whose identity no one knows. "

  • Siri K.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "This book is just so so great- entrancing story! "

  • Kelly R.

    Indianapolis, IN

    "Beautiful text. Twisting plot lines. Never knew what was going to happen next. Wonderful adventure with a strong female lead. "

  • Jamie K.

    Morrow, OH

    "I loved this book. I loved Lilliet and just how the whole story was presented! One of my favorites"

  • Amelia P.

    Brighton , MA

    "Queen of the Night, although slow at times, painted a beautiful picture in my mind and it's still with me. Alexander Chee writes with beauty and light. "