Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Review: THE PRINCE by Sylvain Reynard

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: 20 January 2015


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.”



This book was amazing! For a novella and for my first paranormal story, this book totally knocked it out of park for me. Since the moment I started reading I was fascinated by the beautiful writing and then the story just grabbed me with its mystery, anticipation, and dangerous plot which introduced me to a phenomenal dark underworld.

“He was the predator, not the prey, and so he had little to fear.”

The Prince is a prequel of The Raven, the first paranormal romance novel in the Florentine series and it's connected to the contemporary romance series the Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy. Even though it's not required to have read that series first to enjoy this one, I'd would say to definitely check it out if you haven't read it because it's incredible, one of my favorites, and the reason why I ventured to read this story as my first paranormal series, so glad I did!

In The Prince I met again my dear Gabriel an Julianne Emerson from the Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy. Their chemistry was beautifully resurrected in this novella while the Prince, the actual prince and ruler of Florence in the vampire underworld, wanted to take revenge on them for acquiring his paintings which were stolen from him a century ago. However, in the midst of planning his attack the Prince gets attacked himself by some unknown enemies which then causes the outbreak of a war in his dark underworld and a delay on his eager revenge.

“There’s something in the air. I don’t know. Something—unsettling.” 

“Do you think that you can feel darkness?”

I loved meeting the Prince, he was this untouchable, powerful, merciless, and almost cold-hearted beast that ruled his kingdom like no other. I really got fascinated by his ruling powers but mostly by all the mystery behind his true story which is yet to be fully explained in The Raven. So yes, I was left wanting to know more about the Prince as it'd be expected from a prequel, but the high suspense and anticipation with his revenge towards the Emersons and the planning for war kept me totally absorbed into the story that I felt I was not missing anything at all. Well, until the end where I realized I desperately needed more of this awesome story.

“Who is my saint, sent to comfort me in death? I know. I may as well be a demon. Perhaps that’s what I am, dragging souls off to hell.”

I think this was an outstanding introduction to a marvelous and very anticipated series. Sylvain Reynard's writing was really remarkable with this genre, I felt. He was just amazing with words that he easily transported me to Florence and to the beauty of the city and also to the dark and complex world that lives under it. A world I cannot wait to know more about together with the truths of the dark and powerful Prince of Florence.

“His desire to love and connect with another person died when he ceased to be human.”

If you read and enjoy paranormal stories you should definitely check out this series because it's so well written. Or if you're new to this genre like me, don't be afraid and give this story a try. I can assure you it will feel like a breath of fresh air and besides, I have a strong feeling that the true romance and the best of this whole story is yet to come. :D Oh, and if you're curious, click here to see how I picture the Prince!

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Connect with Sylvain Reynard on:

#0.5 - The PrinceAmazon US * Amazon UK
#1 - The RavenAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#2 - The ShadowAmazon US * Amazon UK

#1 - Gabriel's InfernoAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#2 - Gabriel's RaptureAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#3 - Gabriel's RedemptionAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review

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