Book Review – THE PRINCE by Sylvain Reynard @sylvainreynard

Book Review – THE PRINCE by Sylvain Reynard @sylvainreynardThe Prince by Sylvain Reynard
Series: The Florentine #0.5
Published by: InterMix
on January 20, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal
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The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery exposes the unsuspecting Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious and dangerous enemy.

Unbeknownst to the Professor, the illustrations he secretly acquired years ago were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld. Now one of the most dangerous beings in Italy is determined to reclaim his prized artwork and exact revenge on the Emersons, but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne …

Set in the city of Florence, “The Prince” is a prequel novella to “The Raven,” which is the first book in the new Florentine Series Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard.

“The Prince” can be read as a standalone but readers of The Gabriel Series may be curious about the connection between The Professor’s world and the dark, secret underworld of “The Prince.”

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Secrets, lies, revenge, and war, The Prince will stop at nothing to seek his revenge. Nothing short of a war will keep him away from his task.

I’m constantly impressed by Sylvain Reynard’s writing style. Always extremely detailed, and with such a vivid imagination, the author transports us to the underworld of Florence with great ease. Bringing Gabriel and Julianne was a genius move. Fans of the Gabriel’s Inferno series will rejoice the first time they see Gabriel’s name in the story. The Prince will not only suck back in the die-hard fans, but is sure to lure new fans in instantly. We get the harshness and ruggedness of the prince and the sweet and tenderness of Gabriel and Julianne’s love for one another. Perfect mix. Perfect balance. Brand new journey!

The Prince is our absolutely intriguing main character in this story. You walk away from this not knowing if he will be the hero or the villain in this series. He has characteristics that steer him in either direction, and I really love that. It keeps you guessing, tempting you to come back for more. The Prince’s interaction with Gabriel and Julianne is very short, but nonetheless very important. There is hinting to there being something wrong with Julianne, something the Prince doesn’t give away quite yet, so I’m very interested to see where the author is going with that plot twist. With this only being a novella there was quite a bit going on to get us ready for Book 1 in The Florentine series, THE RAVEN. This curious, dark, and mysterious read was a great introduction into this brand new world that Sylvain Reynard has created. I will be anxiously waiting to dive right back in with THE RAVEN.

Great View of Ponte Vecchio at night. Firenze, Italy.

Coming Soon!

THE RAVEN

Sylvain Reynard

Release Date: February 3, 2015

The Raven

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…

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About Sylvain Reynard

I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself. 

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.

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