Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

Author: Sylvain Reynard
Series: Florentine Series
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 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 semiconscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attackers' 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. Upon returning to the Uffizi, no one recognizes her. More disturbingly, she discovers that she's been absent an entire week. With no recollection of her disappearance, Raven 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 police identify her as their prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence's wealthiest and most elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets . . .

Brilliant. Phenomenal. Fantastic. Beyond AMAZING.
Sylvain Reynard managed yet again to blow me away with his words…his talent. I’m at a loss, really. There’s nothing I can say about this book that will give it the justice it truly deserves. I was genuinely enthralled from the very beginning and as I kept turning the pages, I got more and more invested in this book.

Mysterious. Intriguing.

‘The Prince’ had secrets. Raven had questions.  SO MUCH happened. SO MUCH. However, it’s something you HAVE to read to fully experience the depth of what ended up being a unique love story. This is more than a book. It’s a work of art. Beautiful literature at its finest. TOP, TOP recommendation. FIVE STARS!

The prequel novella, The Prince¸ left me wondering who could the Prince be? Or better yet…what could he be? Was he good? Was he the villain? Was he a fallen hero? The Raven answered a lot of my question and yet, I could not help but want more. I craved it. I was super curious to find out everything I could about ‘The Prince’ and Sylvain Reynard did a wonderful job keeping me hooked all through the very last page.  

“Don’t you get tired of death?”
“I get tired of evil triumphing over goodness. I get tired of the injustice inherent in the universe and beings, human and otherwise, standing aside and doing nothing.”

‘The Prince’ (yes, his name was revealed in the book, but you’ll have to read it to find out) did what he thought was right, according to his morals, his judgment. He did was he deemed necessary to keep a balance…to keep things in his city ‘in order’.

“Noah released the raven and the raven returned. If I were able to hope, I’d hope you would return to me.”

Love? He didn’t need love. He didn’t believe in it. He wasn’t capable of feeling it. Or so he thought. One night changed everything for him, whether he admitted it to himself or not – he was changed.

“When he’d saved her life that night, over a week before, he had no idea his very existence would change—that he would be forced to come to her aid again and again.”

Things did not go according to plan. Raven did not make things easy on ‘The Prince’. Far from it. This, however, was what intrigued him the most. She was different. She sparked something inside him that he thought had died centuries ago.  

“You’re my Raven.”

Gosh. The details in this book were phenomenal. They provided such a clear picture of everything that happened. Each scene unfolded just as movie would.  It all flowed effortlessly. The paranormal aspect in this book was hands-down amazing. It provided a darker, more gothic tone that enraptured me completely.  

I cannot recommend this book enough. To me, it was perfect. Go one-click!

“If I lose you, I lose everything. You are the only goodness in my world.” 


Sylvain Reynard
Series: A Gabriel's Inferno/Florentine Series Novella
The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante's Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence exposes Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious enemy.

Gabriel may have acquired the illustrations only a few years ago, but unbeknownst to him, they were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence's underworld.

Now one of the most dangerous beings in the city is determined to reclaim his prize and exact his revenge on the Emersons--but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne...

Read my 5-star review  here

~ Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy ~
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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.

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