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Review: The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

The Prince CoverTitle: The Prince (The Florentine 0.5)
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin
Review: 4.5 out of 5

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:

Well, that was a wild ride!  I think I held my breath the entire time I read.  It got a little tense there, folks.  It has been a long time since I’ve read a book that made me switch from my Kindle to my phone and back again so I could keep reading while doing housework.  The Prince was full of mystery and intrigue while giving me glimpses at the two lovers I’d met and fell in love with during the Gabriel’s Inferno series.

It may be helpful to have read the Gabriel’s Inferno series before indulging in The Prince, but if you haven’t you will not be lost in the story.  SR has done a great job giving descriptions of the characters from the previous series while keeping the new story moving forward which keeps the new readers interested and the older fans from feeling as if they’ve read it before.

Although we have some older information from SR’s first series, everything about The Prince feels new and fresh.  Perhaps it’s the genre or the new characters.  This book feels a little different in a good way.  Truthfully, it makes me very excited for what comes next.  I want need to know what is going to happen with the characters.

The Prince is the perfect venue to whet your appetite for The Florentine series.  You’ll want to know what happens next as soon you finish the last line of this story.  Take the time to read it and let me know what you think!

About the Mysterious Author:

BiscuitI’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, 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. For more information, see my Twitter account.
You can find Sylvain at
                                                             

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