The Prince (The Florentine #0.5) by Sylvain Reynard
Released: January 20, 2015
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Penguin Group
Reviewed by Sarah
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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.”
The Prince is a short—even for a novella—introduction to Sylvain Reynard’s new The Florentine series. Taking in place in Florence, Italy both present and the very distant past, you quickly learn the paranormal element integral to this new sequence of books. It is a somewhat vague read, yet filled with detail; it’s the build-up to the series and definitely doesn’t give anything away. Perhaps most intriguing is the connection to the Gabriel series.
This prequel appears to only give minimal of insight into the Prince and his underworld. He is upset by a betrayal and loss of artifacts centuries ago and has now found them after all this time. He wishes to recover them as well as make anyone involved with their disappearance pay, even if those people knew nothing of the original crime.
I didn’t know of the paranormal aspect before reading. In this case it didn’t bother me, and seems to be central to the story. In the end, I’m not even sure exactly what type of paranormal being the Prince is. He appears to be much like a vampire but it is never overtly indicated. Overall, I found this prelude to set up The Florentine series to be inclusive of another well written, smart, and action packed adventure.
Rating: 3 Stars
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