The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

The Raven by Sylvain ReynardThe Raven by Sylvain Reynard
Series: Gabriel's Infeno, The Florentine
Also in this series: The Shadow
Also by this author: The Shadow
Published by Berkley on February 3, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Women' Fiction, Women's Literature
Pages: 496
Format: ARC
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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…



When I first got this book in the mail, my 70 year old mother and I fought over who would read it first. We are both huge SR groupies.

I was intrigued with The Prince after reading book 0.5 and was eager to meet Miss Raven Wood. As I devoured the pages, I came to the conclusion…

One does not review a book by Sylvain Reynard, or I sure can’t,  one should just read it, ingest it, then gush about its greatness to everyone they know!

I can not put into words how lovely this book is.  Sylvain Reynard in his signature lyrical prose takes us on a journey into the Florence Underground, a magical world that makes you believe!  The imagery was written like a masterful work of art, how he places us smack dab in the middle of this ancient city is breath taking to read.

William York surprised me.  My feelings for him surprised me, after two reads, I think I may be in love with another Vampyre!  DON’T TELL EDWARD!

I give it 5 Hearts EASY!

5 hearts

~“Beauty is vain. It appears and, like the wind, it’s gone. Remember that.”
~“I am about to bring you into the underworld, Persephone. Can you be brave?”
~“A bird in a cage is never as beautiful as a bird that is free”
~”You are my greatest virtue and my deepest vice.”
~”You’ve ensnared me, Cassita. I’ve never been less eager to escape.”

See? A master.


 An ARC was provided by NetGalley and Berkley for an honest review.  Thank you.