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The Roman: Florentine Series, Book 4 Paperback – December 6, 2016
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"This is not an ordinary vampire story, it's a beautifully dark and passionate novel nestled in Italy and capable of taking one's breath away." ―RT Book Reviews
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“An addicting mix of mystery, romance, and fantasy.”―Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
"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 Book Reviews
About the Author
Sylvain Reynard is the New York Times bestselling author of the Florentine series, which includes The Prince, The Raven, and The Shadow, as well as the Gabriel trilogy, including Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture, and Gabriel’s Redemption.
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William and Raven are facing the toughest times in their relationship. Throughout her life, she has protected those she loves from terrible circumstances. She must also now protect William, her bashert. She is fierce. William has lost many in his existence. His beloved Alicia, his beloved teacher The Saint. There is a war coming in his city and he must protect Raven. William's seeks counsel from his Maker. But no one can be trusted. They were taken from each other in The Shadow, the coupe that overthrows the Prince and by the Curia.
Thrilling is a word I have used in short versions of a review for this story, and it is. You started to feel the anticipation in The Shadow as he fights for his city of Florence. Now he must find his Cassita. He'll have forces trying to keep them apart.
The whole of the series should be read from the beginning. You begin to see the references in the final book that were unfolding throughout the series. Sylvain Reynard is an excellent story teller. He has an amazing way to intertwine, in his characters, the ability to find their redemption in his stories. It is a testament to the persona SR must be in life. We are all worthy of grace and love, that is an important theme in the Florentine series. While some look at only beauty on the outside of a person, Raven has great inner beauty that William finds, and she accepts. I, as a reader, was greatly touched by the emotion he shows in this book. He writes about great loss with such feeling. Grief is an incredible emotion. The feeling of pain, numbness and emptiness were very relatable, I have gone through this in my life. He has captured these feelings on point.
I am going to miss William and Raven. I hope that someday SR will revisit them.
-My questions to SR
What will Julia and Gabriel do with the paintings, since I assume if they returned it to the authorities that will cause danger again for them for the groups after William?
Will Julia and Gabriel still be adopting that girl from the orphanage and will we then see them all together as a family in a future book?
Will we see Raven and William in future books again like we saw J&G in this series?
What is your next project that you will be working on and will it be in the same universe as your previous 2 series?Will you write more paranormal novels , so we readers can see the aftermath with Curia, Roman, Ibarra and Abdiohe getting their justice met?
With respect to the drawings that were returned to Julia and Gabriel - Gabriel owns them. I can imagine that he would want to keep them private and that Julia would wish to share them. I think they'll spend some time discussing options ...
It's possible I'll write another book about Julia and Gabriel and another book in the Florentine Series. So I can't answer some of your questions now because I want to explore the answers in future novels.
But at the moment, I'm writing a new book. It's a contemporary love story/suspense novel set in Paris. And it's possible a character or two from The Gabriel Series and/or The Florentine Series will appear ...
Sylvain Reynard's writing is just so beautiful. The sound of his words goes down deep for me and I enter another world. I loved William's struggle with his faith in this book. All of Sylvain Reynard's heroes and heroines jump off of the pages and spring to life to me. I have just finished all of Sylvain Reynard's books. I am just so taken by his writing style and stories!
This book has an amazing feeling of a mix of old and contemporary. Prince William is both fierce and tender as a supernatural being. Sylvain Reynard pens him as special, and he surely is. The prologue of The Roman opened me right up to Prince William's world and his villa in Florence, Italy. I love this description of William’s movement and the visual description of his home:
"The Prince quickened his pace, his figure moving like a jagged flash of lightning up the hill. When he reached the heavy iron gates that surrounded his home he paused, holding the woman more tightly. With a cry, he leapt over the barrier, landing like a cat on the other side."
I had questions going into this book and Sylvain Reynard was very thorough to give answers and amazing details. Plus, The Roman was refreshing to me because it did not play out as I thought it would and I loved being surprised.
A few last thoughts: I loved getting to know Raven's sister Cara better and watching Raven and Cara's relationship grow as they made their frightful trek to Rome. (Borek was a great character in this book!) I loved Cara's words describing Raven's heart so well:
“Most people only worry about themselves. You’ve always worried about everyone else.”
Raven is amazing and strong, is a caretaker and she really remains true to herself in this book (and throughout the series) amidst trouble. I loved that Sylvain Reynard really gave time for William and Raven to grow closer as a couple in this series. I loved the beautiful building of trust they shared amidst all of the conflicts going on. I love this quote:
She kissed the corners of his mouth before centering her lips on his. “I trust you.” “You are the only trust that exists in my world.” He spoke against her mouth. “I trust no one else.” He kissed her deeply, angling his head.
And she also became his hope, this is my favorite:
"If you’d fled the city, I’d never have known you. I’d never have known hope, dancing in my arms.”
The idea of Raven being William's hope just shows the beautifully penned vulnerability of this sad ancient vampire and the strength that he found in Raven Wood. Theirs was an epic romance for me!