Title: The Raven (The Florentine #1)
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Release Date: February 3rd 2015
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Adult/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
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…
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…
Sylvain Reynard’s writing is an art.
The Raven is a form of artistic expression.
Her writing, her story… it is a masterpiece.
If you are not a fan of Sylvain Reynard after reading the Gabriel series, then you will become her fan immediately after reading The Raven!
The Gabriel Series introduced me to the world of Sylvain Reynard. The most interesting element that attracted me to her books, was the way she weave feelings and emotions into her writing. Not just that, her main focus in her novels, was the emotions.
It was something that I have rarely seen in adult, both paranormal and contemporary romance genres, and to be really honest, young adult novels too.
Of course, there are novels with really strong feelings out there. Yet, when it comes to Miss Reynard’s writing, there is a difference.
Her writing is as beautiful as the city she wrote in The Raven, vibrant and alive as her characters. Everything about her writing and her novel was different.
Something about Sylvain Reynard’s writing makes her story so beautiful. The emotions of characters coming to live, almost as if I could feel them. Raven’s sadness, her determination to uncover the truth, the happiness she felt and of course, the one thing I could not bear to read was her heart breaking.
William York. The Prince of Florence.
The most mysterious character I have ever known and read about. Really, it’s all because of Miss Reynard’s writing. She has the ability to make you feel as if you are in her world itself, and that her characters are right in front of you!
One thing about Miss Reynard’s world of vampyres, is that they are the most sexy and elegant creatures in the paranormal world.
The Raven made me fall in love with Florence, with all the art pieces, the author’s writing and most importantly, the relationship between Raven and the Prince is the most simple, sweet and unexpected story I have ever laid my eyes on.
It is a novel filled with love and art in the beautiful city of Florence.
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