Review: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

Author: Sylvain Reynard
Series: The Florentine #1
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Purchase
Pages: 422
Reviewer: Marie
Rating: 5 Stars
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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…

Marie's Thoughts
I love Sylvain Reynard. Everything he writes is poetic and beautiful, and The Raven is no exception. With his words, he paints elaborate masterpieces, creating deeply rich characters that are irresistible. Special. Perfectly flawed.

In The Raven, Reynard brings together Raven and William. A selfless, uniquely beautiful girl with a past so traumatic and horrible, it left her with a noticeable and painful physical impairment; and a vampire Prince that’s strong, handsome, and remarkably protective with a tough exterior. They meet under unusual circumstances and their constant interactions bring them closer and closer together, despite William’s persistent fear for her safety. The romance that blooms between the two of them is touching, romantic, and exciting as they explore one another emotionally and physically.  

Underneath their unfolding romance, Reynard expertly weaves in to the story historical pieces of art that serve as a catalyst for William’s desperation and tenacity. It also brings into the mix Gabriel Emerson, the subject of Reynard’s previous Gabriel’s Inferno series.  

I would love to sit and tell you all of the details of this wonderful story, but even the details cannot convey the emotional investment this book requires. It’s a breathtaking romance that will become just as classic as the book’s aforementioned masters of artistic craft.

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