- 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: #179,700 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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Changing genres can be quite risky, therefore, it might be a daunting experience for any author. But after reading The Prince, I only can say that I'm in awe how masterfully SR succeeded in delivering a heart-stopping introduction to a promising and exciting new trilogy.
The Prince is a short, but intense novella that links The Gabriel Series with The Florentine Series. A bridge between both trilogies. I've always thought SR's pen has magical powers that cast spells to his readers. We have the opportunity to enjoy the always charming and lovely Emersons as well as the new characters of this fascinating story that develops in the Underworld of Florence.
"If he could be said to have a lover, her name would be Florence. He adored the city and would do anything for her. In return, she pleased and comforted him like a devoted mistress."
Even when the Emersons are a relevant part in the story, they aren't the main focus in it. Their appearances were carefully added at the right place and time. And what can I say about Chapter 10? If you are a fan of The Gabriel Series, you'll find a pleasant surprise in that chapter. That only chapter for me was worth 10 stars...
“Tonight I’ll help you touch the stars. And when you fall back to earth, I promise to catch you.”
Yes, ladies! That's our swoon-worthy Professor Emerson! ;)
The Prince is a character that I'm truly willing to see how SR develops. I love complex characters and seeing how authors work their magic developing their growth throughout their stories. And this is SR we're talking about. Redemption is a must. I’m eagerly to read The Raven, first book in the Florentine Series, and see the beginning of the transformation of this mysterious, dangerous and intriguing character.
Art, history, architecture, excellent writing style, brilliant and engaging storytelling, and the promise of a journey that will remain in our memories for years to come.
"He looked up at the stars and the slip of moon that shone above him. And he remembered Mrs. Emerson’s words about the stars. Words he’d remember forever, if he lived that long. Words he’d have to fight to forget after he’d had his revenge, just like the sound of her happy laughter."
I give The Prince 5 transcendental stars.
The Prince is intent on recovering his most prized possession: a series of Botticelli's illustrations from Dante's Inferno, stolen from him over a century ago and subsequently purchased (as "replicas") decades later by Professor Emerson. The Emersons are in Florence to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of the series, oblivious to the danger that lies in wait. Believing that Gabriel stole from him, simply recovering the works from the Uffizi will not be enough: he plans to avenge the theft by torturing and murdering our beloved Professor in front of his beautiful wife. His plans are thwarted when a rival faction from Venice attempts an assassination and a coup, an act of war; but he never forgets. As an immortal with centuries behind him, human time holds little meaning in his world...thwarted twice during their visit, he patiently waits for their inevitable return.
And so it begins...the stage is set for the inevitable conflict to unfold in The Raven, and in true Sylvain Reynard fashion, it begins with a fast-paced, action-packed, suspenseful and often fatal game of predator and prey, beautifully described as only this author can. The politics and power struggles of the underworld are introduced - full of the usual deception, betrayal, spies, secrets and lies. The Prince is very dark, tormented by his journey from human to immortal being, struggling with concepts of morality that he cannot easily shrug away, despite his darker instincts and powerful anger. His conflict will no doubt prove to be internal and external, making this character utterly compelling. How will the struggle affect his plans for the Professor and Julianne? No one knows. Will it lead to his own destruction? Not right away. Redemption? If it's even possible, it's a long way forward.
Fortunately, there is also the so-familiar, so-beloved Gabriel and Julianne, with all of the passion, devotion, excitement and tenderness we have come to recognize as their own immortal bond...and experiencing them together again is a feels like a warm blanket for the soul. A sense of foreboding pervades every encounter with the Prince as their fate hangs in the balance. (Thank you, Mr. Reynard, for keeping these beautiful characters in our lives for awhile longer, even if their future is anything but certain.)
Be prepared for many unanswered questions as the Florentine Series unfolds. Expect heart-stopping action, breath-taking moments of romance, unbearable suspense against a background of ancient history, darkness and light, good and evil, twisting and turning the story in all directions...as it can only be told by this master story-teller.
I read "The Raven" first and it did me no wrong :) and let me tell you, I'm more curious now.
I welcomed the dark and all those stars in the sky, they look very appealing.
As well for the Professor. Is it me or Florence makes Gabriel naughtier?
Loved all those dark characters and I, now, need to know more about Niccolo, Lorenzo, Ibarra and Aoibhe.
The Prince is a dangerous creature full of angst and shows no mercy, that inner battle worried me then and now, but would he change in the future?
Ride on your Triumph and see your old friend Hope as much as you need!
The last battle, the physical one on the roof scared me.
I know there is that hint of righteousness in him and I hope the sequel to "The Raven" will make him peace.
How could I forget Sylvain Reynard's writing style, never!
It's tattooed in me.
This Novella like any other work of art that Sylvain writes was beautifully crafted.
Thank you Sylvain!
Don't leave us hanging! I need the sequel!
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story. Thanks for writing. Continue the story and life of the Prince.