The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

The Raven

bySylvain Reynard

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From the New York Timesbestselling 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 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 semiconscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attackers’ 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. Upon returning to the Uffizi, no one recognizes her. More disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of her disappearance, Raven 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 police identify her as their prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and most elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets . . .

Title:The RavenFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1101616660

ISBN - 13:9781101616666

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vampyre Novel and Not Your Average Heroin Raven is not your average thin graceful heroine. She works in a famous museum in Florence on a project restoring old paintings by famous Italian painters, long dead. Although beautiful she is not at all thin but curvaceous and left with a limp from protecting her sister from their stepfather years ago. One night she is unknowingly hunted by vampyres in Florence who desire to feed on her because she is of pure heart. Her head is banged against the wall and she she is injured to the point of death, when the Prince of Florence, named William, saves Raven giving her the blood of old vampyres which makes her thin attractive and able to walk without pain from her leg or limp. Raven has no idea how this happened until she is targeted and the vampyre William, Prince of Florence, protects her and tells her she could remain thin etc if she continues to have transfusions of vampyre blood. William has his own troubles with his group of ruling vampyres in Florence. A plot is a foot to overthrow him by other vampyres despite the fact William is very old, but looks about twenty five. William and Raven begin to fall for each other as political aspirations of other Vampyres cause difficulties.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning I love how the author weaves the history of art and literature through the plot.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a wonderful new story from SR I must say I completely enjoyed this book. Not only because the storyline was intriguing but Sylvain Reynard knows how to write romance. When I read about Professor Gabriel Emerson in the first series by the author, I thought the professor is the most sexiest fictional character I have read but now, after reading about the Prince...oh my! He is dark and dangerous, although heartless, the way he cared for Raven was beautiful. I have now started reading the second book, hoping to find a few answers.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars-dark and mysterious world 4.5 stars--THE RAVEN is the first full length novel in Sylvain Reynard’s adult, contemporary The Florentine paranormal, romance series focusing on an ancient vampire known as ‘The Prince’ or ‘William York’ and Uffizi Gallery art restorer American Raven Wood. There is a character crossover with the series as the Prince is on the trail of Professor Gabriel Emerson and his wife Julianne from Reynard’s GABRIEL ‘S INFERNO contemporary romance series. Emerson was in possession of some stolen art-art that once belonged to the Prince. You can find the background information in the prequel novella-The Prince. Told from third person point of view, the premise follows The Prince as his subjects and people continue to battle the rogue vampires who have infiltrated the Florentine Prince’s territory. An attack by the rogue vampires against a young human woman finds the Prince coming to her aid only to discover that something about the ‘Rubenesque’ woman calls to his heart and to his soul. The Prince does not do relationships; does not do love but protecting the woman known as Raven Wood becomes one of his top priorities. The Prince is an ancient vampire; a man whose authority is final; his word is law; and a ruler who is quick to destroy anyone who questions his power. His relationship with Raven will become more complicated as the storyline develops because saving her from the rogue vampires also meant saving her from death-a death from which needed a vampire’s blood to survive. Their connection is immediate but Raven is unaware of what has transpired leaving her vulnerable and asking questions of the wrong people. When her life is threatened, the Prince offers up the only thing he can do-for Raven to become his own. The relationship is slow to develop as the Prince is focused on a possible traitor who has left his territory exposed. Raven is a woman whose background is plagued with heartbreak, emotional and physical abuse, as well as a lifetime of low self esteem and issues of physical inadequacy and beauty. The Prince is drawn to Raven like a moth to a flame and in this Raven, quite possibly, is his downfall. Convincing Raven to leave Florence is difficult- Italy is now her home There is an ‘old world’ charm to the world building as Sylvain Reynard takes the reader through classical Florence Italy and the dramatic underworld darkness of vampires and death. Their dangerous existence is ruled by a political infrastructure not unlike many Principalities where the head of state is the final authority on all matters concerning the law. Raven’s knowledge of art restoration along with the Prince’s intimacy with many famous paintings and artists lends to the captivating and picturesque beauty of the early Renaissance era, once again invoking an historical feel to the contemporary story. The secondary and supporting characters include the members of the ruling vampire house of Florence-the Consilium-the governing body of all things supernatural and vampiric in the Prince’s territory. We are introduced to Raven’s friends, coworkers and an assortment of legal professionals who are also on the hunt for a possible serial killer and some missing art from the Uffizi Gallery. Sylvain Reynard’s dark and mysterious world of The Florentine and its’ vampires is sensual, passionate and deadly. The phenomenal amount of detail with regard to early Renaissance painters and art adds an historical flavor to a paranormal storyline that is addicting and intense; a contemporary love story wrapped in a blanket of old world drama and destruction. A story that crosses the centuries in a contemporary time line.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I love vampire stories that combine historical facts. This book has done that and more. The tension between the two main characters keeps you reading and wanting more.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Just a really good book. Subject is different, which just makes it unique. Didn't want it to end. I can hardly wail for the next book.
Date published: 2015-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Raven IF you have read the Gabriel Infero series you will fall in LOOOOVE with The Raven I LOVED The Raven, I looooved the Gabriel Infero series and I have already fell in LOVE with this new series!! I can't wait to read the next book in The Raven series!!
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raven An excellant beginning to an exciting new series. I was ever so pleased to see Gabriel and Julia included. The Prince's inexperience with love is remarkable given his age. I pray he gets his act together before he loses Raven. Looking forward to the next installment.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUCH a good read!! I wasn't sure how I would like this book when I first read it but I quickly became so attached and involved I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to know more and what would happen next! Loved this book :)
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this! I bought it few weeks ago for a recomendation, and I received it in extreme fast.... I know the story is so good to catch the reader attention with romance, paranormal staff, also drama... all the good things in a good drama story... and Sylvain Reybard knows how to combine everything to have an excellent story that only good readers will understand.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Paranormal Romance "The Raven", the first novel in the Florentine Trilogy mixes mystery and the paranormal into a steamy romance that begins in Florence where Raven Woods, a crippled and overweight American restores Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery. Walking home one evening she's assaulted and on the verge of death after trying to save a homeless man from a senseless beating. When she awakens a week later worried that she's late for work, Raven is confused by the dramatic change in her appearance and her loss of memory. Her frustration is compounded when she's interviewed by the police about the priceless Botticelli illustrations stolen the night she vanished. As the search for the treasured art pieces intensifies Raven overhears a remark about a confrontation in the gallery between the owner and a wealthy, elusive nobleman, "William York." Wanting to clear her name and find out the truth behind her memory loss, Raven's enquiries lead to her unexpectedly getting involved in a web of intrigue that has her succumbing to the charm of a darkly dangerous Prince . Sylvain Reynard sets the stage for this mesmerizing, fast-paced page-turner between the beauty of the art world at Uffizi Gallery where treasures of the past are restored to life and the dark underworld of Florence with its violence, viciousness and depravity. In the darkness of the city's underbelly where there is no peace or hope the Prince rules his people, keeping the borders of the city secure from the animal blood-lust of the ferals, and hunters who kill and sell the blood of his vampires. Although at first the mystery centers around the stolen Botticelli illustrations and Raven's memory loss, the plot thickens when ferals and hunters begin stalking victims in the city. As events unfold the intensity and suspense mounts as the Prince struggles to protect a reluctant Raven, and find clues to why his city is being infested. Even at the end of this captivating story there are multiple questions left unanswered that beg for a second book. This novel constantly sparks with power and passion as romance blossoms between two broken people from different worlds. Raven Wood is a smart, resilient and stubborn young woman crippled as a child who believes that love is not in her future. She's kind-hearted and empathetic, a brave and self-sacrificing protector of the helpless. With her startling change in appearance she becomes bolder and more confident, but when she reverts to her normal self becomes extremely insecure, especially about the strength of William's affection. The Prince, William York holds absolute power in Florence and hides untold secrets. He's an old vampire who's aloof cautious, uptight, controlled and dangerous. Never did he expect to be enthralled by the young woman whose life he saved or to struggle to have her in his life and bed. Slowly as their romance escalates Raven begins to hope that love is possible while the Prince senses that she could be a light in the darkness of his world. I liked "the Raven" with its well-written, exquisite plot and intriguing characters and will look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I don't normally buy these types of books but I am so happy I did!
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Raven Sylvain Reynard is my favourite Canadian Author... I loved the "Gabriel Inferno" Series, and have already LOVED this new series... Very different from Gabriel and Julia, but has the same intensity etc ... Love the characters, and the book kept me involved from beginning to end... LOVED it!
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating I am not an amateur of vampires as a matter of facts I stay far away from everything " vampirism ". However because of my love for the Emersons I was curious and purchased this book. I'm still not a fan of vampires but I can say that by reading this book I have somewhat of an open mind. I'm a sucker for love stories,romance and this one did not disappoint. Looking forward to the sequels.
Date published: 2015-02-16