The Prince by Sylvain Reynard reviewed by Maybelis

Title: The Prince

Series: The Florentine 0.5

Author:  Sylvain Reynard

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis:

 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.”

Review:

The Prince is a great start to what promises to be an amazing new series by the talented Sylvain Reynard. This was different from the Gabriel series,  Reynard shows a much darker side in The Prince moving onto the paranormal realm.

The story-line grabs you from the start, teasing at a murderous conspiracy against our beloved Gabriel and his bride Julia by the sullen Prince of Florence but that’s only a small part of the plot. I believe the interlinking of the stories was done as an attention grabber which I won’t lie, It certainly had my interest. As I read through it though, the story does stand on its own with interesting new characters and a world of beauty and darkness fueled by the fascinating mind of Reynard.

The novel is quite short but it provides sufficient information and details to grab your attention and hold it. I was itching to grab The Raven as soon as I was done reading The Prince. We also get some concerning information regarding our beloved couple Gabriel and Julia, I’m hoping more is revealed in The Raven, but I gotta say I’m seriously worried about Julia, perhaps a fourth book is in the works for the Gabriel series. Hum…the idea alone has me doing a happy dance.

The prince, is quite the intriguing character, there is an intricate back story to him which only the surface of it is touched in this novella but is enough to have you craving more. He seems to be ruled by solemnity and a deep lonely heart that projects itself with anger and sarcasm, giving the dark story a quirk humor for balance, I found myself laughing out loud in several scenes and hoping to unveil the mysteries behind this interesting character.

Anyways even though the story is quite different from The Gabriel Series, there is still the cultured, familiar voice of Reynard and the Snarky Narrator that sets the story apart beautifully, with great world building and vivid settings.

 

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About Author Sylvain Reynard

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I am honoured to have had my novels appear on the New York Times and USAToday Bestseller lists.

I was a Semifinalist for Best Author in the 2011 and 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. “Gabriel’s Inferno” was a Semifinalist for Best Romance in 2011 and “Gabriel’s Rapture” was a Finalist for Best Romance in 2012, in the Goodreads Choice Awards, as well. The final novel in The Gabriel Series, “Gabriel’s Redemption,” debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was a Finalist for a 2014 Goodreads Choice Award as Best Romance.

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, food, drink, 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.

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