Susi Reviews The Prince
by Sylvain Reynard
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.
As a fan of Sylvain Reynard, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Prince. Wow! This novella has it all. I was delighted to see my favorite couple, Professor Gabriel Emerson and Julia again. I was also thrilled to be taken back to Florence, the city that is so special to this couple. Sylvain takes readers back to his previous series while flawlessly weaving in this new story.
This novella focuses on the pieces of art that were so special to Gabriel in the GI series. A dark new character from the Italian underground is introduced. This stunning and mysterious character has his own agenda when it comes to the art work and the lovely couple. This character, The Prince, also comes with his own special skills and powers. A new world is introduced along with new characters that I look forward to reading more about in The Raven.
The added aura of the supernatural phenomena in this story paired with Sylvain Reynard’s eloquent writing make this an extraordinary read. I can honestly say that I was surprised by this story. I wasn’t sure how the two series would connect, but Sylvain did this seamlessly. The darkness in the plot adds the perfect amount of angst and anticipation keeping readers hooked and longing for more.
While The Prince can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading the Gabriel’s Inferno series first. Exquisite writing paired with mystery, beloved characters and an added touch of darkness make this a 5 star read. I am counting down the days for The Raven and can’t wait to read more of the powerful and impeccable writing only Sylvain Reynard can deliver.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
In the distance, the Prince could hear voices and muffled sounds.
He approached silently, almost floating across the floor.
Desperate groans and the rustling of fabric filled his ears, along with the twin sounds of rapidly beating hearts. He could smell their scents, the aromas heightened due to their sexual arousal.
He growled in reaction.
The corridor was shrouded in darkness but the Prince could see that the professor had his wife up against a window between two statues, her legs wrapped around his waist.
Her voice was breathy as she spoke, but the Prince tuned out her words, moving closer so he could catch a glimpse of her lovely face.
At the sight of it, flushed with passion, his old heart quickened and he felt the stirrings of arousal.
It was not his custom to observe rather than participate. But on this occasion, he decided to make an exception. Careful to remain in the darkness, he moved to the wall opposite the couple.
The woman squirmed in her lover’s arms, her high heels catching on his tuxedo jacket. Her fingers flew to his neck, undoing his bow tie and tossing it carelessly to the floor.
She unbuttoned his shirt, and her mouth moved to his chest, as murmurs of pleasure escaped his lips.
The Prince felt more than desire as he watched the woman’s eager movements. He caught a glimpse of her exquisite mouth and the toss of her long hair that would no doubt feel like silk between his fingers.
She lifted her head to smile at the man who held her close and he could see love in her eyes.
THE PRINCE – Novella – available 1/20/15 – InterMix
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I am honoured to have had all three of my novels appear on the New York Times and USAToday Bestseller lists. I was a Semifinalist for Best Author in the 2011 and 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. “Gabriel’s Inferno” was a Semifinalist for Best Romance in 2011 and “Gabriel’s Rapture” was a Finalist for Best Romance in 2012, in the Goodreads Choice Awards, as well. The final novel in The Gabriel Series, “Gabriel’s Redemption,” debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was a Finalist for a 2014 Goodreads Choice Award as Best Romance.
My next book is “The Raven,” which releases February 3rd. It’s already available for preorder. I’m also publishing a prequel novella entitled “The Prince,” which releases January 20th. “The Prince” is available for preorder now.
I’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, food, drink, 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.