Wednesday, March 30, 2016

THE SHADOW by Sylvain Reynard: BOOK REVIEW

THE SHADOW by Sylvain Reynard
The Florentine Series 
Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart... 

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy. 

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness...


Brilliant literature! A true work of art! I cannot say this enough: Sylvain Reynard is an author you should not miss! All his books have mesmerized me from beginning to end, and The Shadow was no different. If you have NOT read The Raven you should stop reading this review here. The Shadow is a direct continuation of that novel so this review, while spoiler-free where The Shadow is concerned, will ruin The Raven for you.  I read The Shadow in December, but with the kids, work, and well, life, I forgot to type up my review. Last week, after freaking out about never reviewing it, I decided to re-read this AMAZING, MUST READ NOVEL and here we are today – review day!

A perfect combination of mystery, suspense, and passionate romance, The Shadow continues William and Raven’s story. After that cliff-hanger ending in The Raven, I craved this book like I crave my next breath. I needed to read more, and Sylvain Reynard did not disappoint!

In this novel we learned more about the underworld in the city of Florence, what threatened it, and how great of a prince William truly was. It was not easy for him to balance his love for Raven with his love for his city, all while trying to protect BOTH. Plus with traitors inside his city walls, things sure got more complicated. Not to mention the not-so-small surprise I did NOT see coming AT ALL which made everything worse for William.

SR’s words flowed effortlessly, as they always do. This author can’t write a bad novel to save his life! The plot and character development were top notch and I enjoyed seeing everything unfold along the way. I had no problem whatsoever envisioning all the scenes as I read them. As I turned the pages, my need to read more increased. I was desperate for answers.

If there’s one thing about Mr. Reynard’s books that I truly adore (aside from his phenomenal story-telling talent!) is his knack for setting descriptions. I am now dying to visit Florence!! Every, single time I read one of his books, I want to move to Europe! Can’t help it! I love learning more about the different cultures and SR ignites that fire inside me with each of his books!

All in all, The Shadow (and this entire series) is a MUST READ, hands-down. Each book, to me, has been a complete page-turner from the very beginning till the very end! And what an ending!! Gah! I need the next book…pronto! Oh, and a HUGE plus for me in this series (and for any Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy fans out there) was the fact that we got more of Gabriel and Julia! Eek!

If you’re a fan of Paranormal Romances, you cannot miss out on the Florentine series by Sylvain Reynard! FIVE BRILLIANT STARS!  



THE PRINCE by 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


THE RAVEN by 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 . . .

Read my 5-star review ➜ here


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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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