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The Shadow (Florentine series) Paperback – February 2, 2016
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Praise for The Raven
“A fabulous gothic treat of a book filled with ancient vampires, dark vendettas, and star-crossed love.”—Deborah Harkness, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“An addicting mix of mystery, romance, and fantasy.”—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
Sylvain Reynard is the New York Times bestselling author of the Florentine series, which includes The Raven and the novella The Prince, as well as the Gabriel trilogy, including Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture, and Gabriel’s Redemption.
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There was a lot going on in this book, which there had to be because so much was left hanging in the balance at the end of Raven. But, Reynard takes you through each conflict with ease, making it easy to follow and understand what’s going on in William’s world. And William is distraught, trying to find his balance between protecting his city and people while trying to protect Raven, his love. Tensions were high throughout the book as William fought for the balance he seeks.
You revisit the Underworld more in this book, giving the reader some insight into how long vampires have been around and the hierarchy and lust for power drives them. Whatever you thought you knew about the Underworld and its inhabitants, you may discover that you were wrong. I know I was. Allegiances and lines will be drawn and tested as everyone prepares for the fate of the city and the undead creatures who dwell there.
And, of course, we still get glimpses of my favorite characters, Gabriel and Julianne Emerson. I love that they’re included in this storyline because I’m one of those fans who want more from them.
I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but I will say that there’s a few scenes toward the end that will make you sit up straight and bite your nails as pieces of the puzzle start to unfold. It definitely leaves you wanting more.
Heart pounding, breathtaking, suspenseful, and romantic…that’s how I would describe this book. If you haven’t tried The Raven yet because you’re afraid or unsure of paranormal, I highly suggest you try it because you will want to read The Shadow. I will be waiting (impatiently) for the next book in the Florentine series because I have so many questions after how the book ends that I need to know. Right. Now!
Sylvain Reynard is a decent writer and his love of art and Florence shines through. I just wish there was a better story here.
"Oh, my God, this book is so, so good."
"What made it so good?"
"Could you be a bit more specific?"
"I'm not sure. Nothing I could say would do it justice."
"Why are you crying?"
"It's what readers do when a story is so perfect it's etched in your heart forever."
So here I sit a day later, trying to write a decent review for my very favorite author. I'm not sure I'm worthy of paying adequate tribute to his work, except to say that when I read anything he writes, I am filled with a sense of being truly alive. Every sense is sharpened. I live and breathe the lives of his characters; absorb the mystery of their world; appreciate art I've never seen; hear music as if it were my first time. I fill my lungs with the air of the Italian countryside, hear the hushed conversations in the Uffizi Gallery, and feel the heat of every moment he so lyrically describes.
The Shadow, #2 in the amazing Florentine Series, has the remarkable characteristics of every great love story - be it Dante and Beatrice or Romeo and Juliet, the skillfully crafted tale of Raven and William, the Prince of Florence, has everything you could possibly want in a dark romance. Passion. Complexity. Engaging and powerful sub-plots. Treachery. Betrayal. Secrets. Mystery. Moments of perfect joy, when the shadows are at bay and the two lovers experience the intensity of overwhelming desire, the joy of sexual union, and the vulnerability of intimacy. An undercurrent of suspense is palpable, beating in the background, building steadily; intensifying their deep personal conflicts; highlighting the fragility of the lovers' forbidden relationship; portending a sense doom, of ultimate sacrifice and agonizing grief. But there is so much more...in the midst of what may seem to be an inevitable tragedy, Sylvain manages to instill an abiding sense of hope. Hope that the forces converging to separate the two lovers and take William's throne - his soulmate - and his life - will miraculously be defeated. That the lost soul - the dark, avenging angel - will be redeemed. That the heroine's light will overcome his darkness and they will ultimately experience the happy ever after they deserve.
It is simply a perfect read. I could not have hoped for more from this author or this series. And as always, having read it, I feel fulfilled, if not satisfied -- there is so much more to come to conclude this amazing story.
And for those who, like me, may never get enough of Gabriel and Julia Emerson, they appear again -- in a scene that will shake you to your core. And, finally, Sylvain teases us with outtakes - otherworldly 'what-ifs' - flights of creative fantasy to make you crave the next story...and the next...and the next.
Most recent customer reviews
By the story's end William is back in power but separated from his beloved Raven.Read more
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the third in the Florentine series and ends in a cliffhanger.Read more
I loved this book. So. Freaking. Much.Read more
The plot is nice and strong, full of action, intrigue, twists and romance.Read more
Prince William is so sexual, romantic, and full of mystery it makes you wish you were Raven!Read more