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The Raven (Florentine series) Paperback – February 3, 2015
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"The Raven was a fabulous Gothic treat of a book filled with ancient vampires, dark vendettas, and star-crossed love." Deborah Harkness, #1 New York Times Best Selling author of The Discovery of Witches trilogy.
"This book knocks over genre and swirls it into an addicting mix of mystery, romance and fantasy. With nearly lyrical prose and magical characters that step right off the pages, THE RAVEN is going to make SR diehards and newcomers alike nurse an epic book hangover."Christina Lauren, New York Times Best Selling authors of The Beautiful Bastard series.
Reynard never disappoints, especially when it comes to creating well-developed characters and granting readers an invitation to use their imaginations. This dark, sexy tale is nestled in the mysterious city of Florence and will amaze and enchant readers throughout. The author tries the paranormal genre on for size and, not surprisingly, it's a perfect fit. - RT Magazine Book Reviews
About the Author
Sylvain Reynard is the author of The Raven and the Gabriel Trilogy, including Gabriel's Inferno, Gabirel's Rapture, and Gabriel's Redemption.
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With each book of Sylvain Reynard's you fall more in love with his writing style and the stories he imparts within the pages of the book. Here we have a wonderful gothic dark feel throughout the book while we get treated to a new style from him. Reynard goes into the supernatural but not where it overwhelms the senses but becomes a part of the plot and storyline. Reynard captures you from page one and keeps you captivated to the very end and leaves you wanting more. If you look at it from his characters point of view the supernatural characteristic is a disability for it takes away human feelings and explorations of the mind and heart. So we get a new twist to the supernatural and also a world of secrets, politics, betrayal and deception. Each page brings more mystery to the world Raven is in and is starting to become more and more a part of. We see the Prince struggle within himself over his feelings, feelings he thought he was not capable of having. We see him struggle with memories and desires. The prince has a protective side for Raven and loves her dearly even when he is denying it that love is seen within the actions he takes to keep Raven safe. He shows her trust by sharing some of himself with her and bringing her to his sanctuary.
There is political bickering and betrayal going on as well. Here the Prince is in danger and to hide this all of his brethren are put into danger as well. He doesn't know who is his ally or enemy and must be careful not to expose himself and his feelings for Raven to others.
Raven goes through transformations as well as she accepts the world the Prince lives in and begins to see him for him. She pushes away at times from him out of fear and has a hard time accepting what he says when it comes to how he sees her. She struggles with who he is and even her feelings towards him. Watching them dance around each other while trying to resist each other and how they feel is a terrific element to the story. Especially since it is Raven that helps to bring a more compassionate side of the Prince out to us.
Each chapter brings us a new mystery and suspense. We see the investigation of the Uffizi theft, the ferals exposure, the hunters coming in, Raven struggling to figure out who she really is and what she feels, the Prince struggle with his sense of justice and his feelings, the betrayal happening to the Prince and the closeness of Raven and the Prince. Within each written word there is feeling and emotion that is brought forth. The plots are several but all intertwine to give you a tale of intrigue and romance with a dark feel for you know throughout there is a ominous tone set. You are left wondering when things will happen and all heck will be let loose.
The writing will take your breath away with its dark undertones and double meanings entwined in each plot that comes forth. The interactions between Raven and the Prince are incredible and jump off the page. You feel the crackle of attraction and the growth of affection and love between them. Each fear that they both feel is palpable and all the emotions and thoughts come alive within the written word. A tale of suspense and love in which you are ensnared by the kindness seen in the Prince and his struggles within his brethren and himself and Raven and her trying to find herself and what she is really feeling. A amazingly ominously gothic tale that will take your breath away with the emotion, intrigue, danger and mystery surrounding each character and plot that plays out. I cannot wait for the next in this series so we can continue to see the beauty that Raven and the Prince's love is and the transformation of Raven and the Prince as they grow more and more close and also to see the suspense of the betrayal happening around the Prince play out
thank you SR, for allowing your work to be shared with the world, it's truly appreciated.