- File Size: 987 KB
- Print Length: 93 pages
- Publisher: InterMix (January 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 20, 2015
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NUMIOY4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Prince: A Gabriel's Inferno/Florentine Series Novella Kindle Edition
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The story was written after the two series were established and it appears to have been written to address some of the leaps of faith that were needed tie the two series together. If you have not read the Gabriel series then aspects of the story will not be as well understood. Reynard does review some scenes from the final Gabriel book to bring new readers up to speed but the different perspective allows the those who are reading the books in order to not feel like they are re-reading the same material.
I waited for The Prince to come out before moving on to the Florentine Series as the leap between genres wasn't sitting well with me. Because this book is written to tie the series together, the ending, while final, leaves the reader with a sense that there is more to come. It's not a cliffhanger, but the story isn't over either. This sort of ending is usually a pet peeve of mine, however, knowing that this book was intended as a bridge between the two series, and the fact that it did have an ending of sorts, leaves me wanting to know what comes next instead of rant about unfinished story arcs.
Overall, I like this book for what it is.
This is a short book but gives all the players, the members of the Consilium (ruling council) and the conflicts happening in the underworld. The Prince shows the dangerous depth of Williams depravity. Even the light of love between Gabriel and Julia he witnesses causes him even more disdain and torment. It would be hard to see William as a hero for a romantic series if this was not Sylvain Reynard writing! William's only care is for his city. He is without hope or peace even after a visit to his mentor. That scene in particular made me feel compassion for him as he showed signs of searching and reflecting. However, this was short lived. I am intrigued greatly to experience more of this series!
I'm glad we also saw fan favorites (and my favorites!) Gabriel and Julia, including from another perspective (slightly voyeuristic!) of their "museum sex" scene at the Uffizi Gallery (Gabriel's Redemption).
The Prince is enraged because he thinks that Gabriel has stolen some famous artwork, when in actuality Gabriel purchased them thinking they were copies but the Prince knows they are real and they belonged to him. So he sets out to plot the murder of Gabriel and his beloved Julia (Julianne as he calls her).
When Gabriel and Julia are at the museum on the opening night of the display, unbeknownst to them the Prince is there also and he wants to exact his revenge on them but he notices something about Julia that makes him change his mind about killing her, but he still wants to kill Gabriel. What he notices in Julia he does not say yet! He does notice however that watching them interact, Gabriel truly loves his wife, and he can see he is faithful to Julia.
We get to meet the Prince in this prequel and others that work in the underground with him. It tells about the Prince and the many wars that he has had over the centuries with other underground people from other parts of Italy, that want to take the Prince's place. We learn the character of the Prince as well and he never takes goodness from the world and only exacts revenge on the bad people that are trying to hurt the innocent people. He love art and this is what he has in common with Gabriel whose love for Dante and all of the artwork has kept him always coming back there, to Florence, he even brought his most prized possession to Italy, his Julianne.
While he is looking for the moment to get even with Gabriel, another group of underground people, assassins, have snuck into the city to kill him. So this causes him to let the Emerson's get away from him, but he knows he will find them and get his revenge- it is just a matter of time.
I really enjoyed this prequel and can't wait to read The Raven today to get ready for the next book which will be coming out soon! This is different from the Gabriel series as it is about the dark world of Florence and the creatures that roam in the night.
I gave The Prince 5***** stars! I love the way this author writes so much! I can't wait to see how he writes this new paranormal series!
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