Title: The Prince
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Series: A Gabriel’s Inferno/Florentine Series Novella
Genre: Paranormal Romance-Suspense
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Group USA, LLC
The Prince is a transitional novella linking the phenomenal Gabriel Series to the highly-anticipated Florentine Series by Sylvain Reynard. The transition occurs on two levels: story and genre, as Gabriel and Julianne return to their beloved city of Florence and unknowingly attract the attention of The Prince, powerful leader of an ancient, dark underworld of immortal creatures who control the city and its inhabitants from far beneath its depths.
The Prince is intent on recovering his most prized possession: a series of Botticelli’s illustrations from Dante’s Inferno, stolen from him over a century ago and subsequently purchased (as “replicas”) decades later by Professor Emerson. The Emersons are in Florence to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of the series, oblivious to the danger that lies in wait. Believing that Gabriel stole from him, simply recovering the works from the Uffizi will not be enough: he plans to avenge the theft by torturing and murdering our beloved Professor in front of his beautiful wife. His plans are thwarted when a rival faction from Venice attempts an assassination and a coup, an act of war; but he never forgets. As an immortal with centuries behind him, human time holds little meaning in his world…thwarted twice during their visit, he patiently waits for their inevitable return.
And so it begins…the stage is set for the inevitable conflict to unfold in The Raven, and in true Sylvain Reynard fashion, it begins with a fast-paced, action-packed, suspenseful and often fatal game of predator and prey, beautifully described as only this author can. The politics and power struggles of the underworld are introduced – full of the usual deception, betrayal, spies, secrets and lies. The Prince is very dark, tormented by his journey from human to immortal being, struggling with concepts of morality that he cannot easily shrug away, despite his darker instincts and powerful anger. His conflict will no doubt prove to be internal and external, making this character utterly compelling. How will the struggle affect his plans for the Professor and Julianne? No one knows. Will it lead to his own destruction? Not right away. Redemption? If it’s even possible, it’s a long way forward.
Fortunately, there is also the so-familiar, so-beloved Gabriel and Julianne, with all of the passion, devotion, excitement and tenderness we have come to recognize as their own immortal bond…and “feeling” them together again is a simply a warm blanket for my soul. Thank you, Sylvain, for keeping these beautiful characters in our lives for awhile longer…even if their future is anything but certain. A sense of foreboding pervades every encounter with the Prince as their fate hangs in the balance.
Be prepared for many unanswered questions as the series unfolds. Expect heart-stopping action, breath-taking moments of romance, unbearable suspense against a background of ancient history, darkness and light, good and evil, twisting and turning the story in all directions…as it can only be told by this master story-teller. I am stalking the UPS man, waiting on my copy of The Raven to arrive; but thanking Sylvain Reynard from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful gifts of anticipation and reward.
Five Blazing Stars – highly recommended.
And on February 3rd…The Florentine Series begins
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