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The Raven

(The Florentine #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7,734 ratings  ·  962 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling 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 fine works of 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,
Paperback, 393 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Berkley Trade
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Nina Bocci
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Things I know:

1. I'm lucky because I beta read this.

2. I liked this BETTER than GI/GR/GRed and I have mad love for those books.

3. You'll fall in love / lust with the male lead. Dare I say, he's possibly hotter than Gabriel. POSSIBLY

4. The way the two series are linked is so genius that I hate SR a little bit for being so smart and awesome for thinking it up.

5. Raven is KICK ASS.

6. I honestly can't wait for you guys to read this so I have someone to talk about it with.

7. February isn't that far
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****

”For a long time, I thought love was not for me. Men who noticed me were few and far between. Almost all of them just became friends with me. You changed my mind. You changed my world. I started believing that maybe someone could love me and I could love him in return. I felt hope, William. You gave me that.”

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WOW! Where do I begin??! I mean I have to say that I don’t know why I am surprised that I absolutely ended up loving this book! Maybe it’s because I was really not
Dee Montoya
(ARC provided by Publisher via Netgalley)

The Raven was a gorgeous story about a girl who looked weak on the outside, but possessed tremendous strength on the inside, and her prince. The man who through darkness brought her the freedom she always wanted.

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Raven is used to being invisible. When she was young she had an accident that left her with a disability. She is comfortable behind her baggy clothes and her cane. She finds beauty inside the paintings she restores at the museum
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal

Vampire novels always bring this special kind of excitement with them. Because even though there are general rules about vampires (drinking blood and supernatural abilities), every author brings something new in his/her portrayal of these paranormal creatures. And I was very excited to discover Sylvain Reynard's unique take at vampires. Will he present sparkling vampires (Twilight), traditional ones who cannot enter house until they are invited (Sookie Stackhouse) or complex troubled and family
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

“I didn't know what darkness was until I lost you.”

I was a huge fan of the Gabriel’s Inferno series. Yes, a Professor Emerson groupie. So I don’t know why I didn’t dive right into this when it was released back in February. Something about the description just held me back. Well, I’m here to say, I’ve finally taken the plunge and my only regret is that I have to wait for the next book in the series to be released. Here is the plot review.

Raven Wood spends her days at
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sylvain Reynard fans, Romance, Vampires
4 Finding Your Match, No Matter Where it Leads Stars * * * *
Few years ago my terrific friend Shurrn and I embarked on a reading binge...and one of the series we read together was the Gabriel Series. She had read the first two, loved them and was excitedly awaiting the much anticipated third book. She was thrilled to find out I had not read any of them yet and proceeded to schedule a buddy read like no other I had had.

If any of you know Shurrn, then you know how incredibly bright, sarcastic and
Nancy's Romance Reads


This book was INCREDIBLE!! So incredible that it blew me away like I never thought possible. That's because this is a paranormal romance and I don't usually read in this genre so for me to love this book so much, it felt like I'd been enlightened by a totally new kind of romance-world. A world that in this book is beautifully detailed and filled with symbolism, strength, darkness, seduction, but ultimately filled with bravery and hope. I just loved every second of
The Raven is the first installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. It is marketed as a paranormal romance, and it is, but it is also full of art, mystery, Italian culture, history...all with a gothic undertone that melds everything together beautifully. As the story progressed, the focus became more centered on the romance which disappointed me just a bit as I was really enjoying how the other elements were proportioned, but the vampire/human dynamic was not your typical paranormal r ...more
Apr 07, 2015 marked it as dnf
"The Raven" is DNF #100!!! Woohoo!!

Oh wait...should I really be celebrating that I've spent hours of my time reading sucky books? Being as I'm a glass-half-full kind of gal (at least some of the time), I'm focusing on the positive.

Anyhow, The Raven starts as follows: young lady leaves a party at 1am to walk home even though she has deformed foot, whereupon she encounters 3 hooligans beating on a homeless man. Instead of going back to the party or calling the cops, she decides to confront sai
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Nov 26, 2013 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister


Mr. FoxReynard (Reynard is fox in French) is taking us to Florence, Italy. We are going to see the dark side of the city with a paranormal touch.
Ramona Popescu
Paranormal love is my new " IT"genre and I am certain that Sylvain Reynard is one of the best writers for this type of books. I loved the Gabriel Series and wanted to read as many books that I could from him, in order to explore his style more.

There isn't much to say about this book except that it's BRILLIANT. You have everything that you need between its 2 covers: love, action, passion, thrill, angst and sadness. A lot right? But all this elements are so well combined that you won't let this bo
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰


The Prince and The Raven connect our beloved Gabriel Series to Sylvain's brand new paranormal Florentine Series.

The Prince is a Vampire. An about 800 year old Vampire who rules the city of Florence.
(Every italian city is ruled by a Prince - and then there's an italian King too...but we will learn about all that and more in The Prince & The Raven)

How are the non-paranormal Professor Emerson and his wife connected to the Vampire Prince, you ask?
Remember Gabriel's beloved Botticelli illustrations
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
A lush, sensual, erotic and suspenseful story that is at once poignant and dangerous. Another must-read from.SR and easily one of my top reads of 2015!!

To say that I was ecstatic to read this book is an understatement.

The Raven has everything I love about Sylvain Reynard's writing and more. Lyrical, erotic, sensual and mysterious, The Raven begins another addictive series with the introduction of Raven and the Prince. This book is a must-read!!

Professor Emerson and his wife do appear here, but
Upon another reread:

I still adored this story. I did not skim read this time and read it cover to cover. I found I forgot many of the details, and several scenes I remember seem to be in book 2 and not book 1. I wasn’t able to put this down and I cannot wait to finally get to book 3 and see how Raven and William’s story ends. I love the way Sylvain Reynard weaves religion and art and mythology into his books and creates such beautiful plots out of them. This series cements him as my favourite r
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I loved, loved, loved this book. Move over Edward Cullen and Damon Salvatore, there is a new supernatural star in town and this one is going to rock your world! I am not a big fan of paranormal stories so I wasn't expecting to enjoy this one. How wrong was I? I am so glad that I took the opportunity to read this book because it is my favourite of the
Claire Robinson
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "Find another art restorer to snack on." Stars!

Sylvain Reynard is a master at building anticipation and sexual tension between two characters, as well as developing a fast paced yet vividly descriptive storyline for their relationship to grow though and build upon. Add into that mix a paranormal element and I found myself immersed in the wonderfully diverse story that is The Raven, which picks up two years along from where The Prince ended.

Little has changed in Florence in that time for W
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sensual, seductive and smart—The Raven is elegantly written and vividly imagined in Sylvain Reynard’s trademark storytelling style.

[4 - 4.5 stars]

“Centuries had passed before his eyes, yet he remained constant. Time was a luxury he owned in abundance, and he was never hasty in his pursuit of revenge.”

In his first foray into paranormal romance, Sylvain Reynard shines with an eloquently penned story, rich and vibrant, about two unlikely people coming together as danger lurks in the shadows of
Beatrice Masaluñga
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
Sylvain Reynard has taken me by surprised. I thought it will be a romance novel with a twist of art history and I didn't expect there will be vampires in it. I would have guessed demons, merely because of The Divine Comedy. Still, I find this fascinating. I think this is a spin-off series for Gabriel's Inferno trilogy because of the appearance of its characters in this book. It's nice to see Gabriel Emerson and Julianne Emerson again. I miss these two badly and I'm in awed of their love story. H ...more
Lo Bookfrantic

Loved this story 😍😍😍

I was so lucky to won a signed copy of this book!! but...I will be listening to the audio book instead because I am afraid to damage my sign copy 🙄😬 #whatever hahah is so beautiful 😍 I don’t want to accidentally damage it lol 😆 I don’t read my sign copies for danger of damaging them lol 🤷🏻‍♀️

I'm finding it really difficult to express how much I loved this book, and to give it the proper review. This is absolutely one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.

A few years ago, I discovered the wonder that is Sylvain Reynard's writing when I began reading the Gabriel's Inferno series. To this day, it is one of my favorite series, and possibly some of the most beautiful writing I've ever experienced. I was really excited, but admittedly a little hesitant, about this new series. My conc
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal romance or Gabriel's Inferno series
A Fantastic Paranormal Romance

What a beautifully written, captivating love story! I'm completely hooked. Move over Edward Cullen, there's a new self-deprecating vampire in town!

We were introduced to William, Florence's reigning vampire, in 'The Prince'. However, his sex appeal was kept under wraps in the teaser prequel. No more! 'The Raven' delves into the world of William, unveiling his innermost thoughts and desires. He can be cold and unforgiving at times, but despite his self-loathing he ret
Bookish Temptations
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’m always fascinated by an author’s decisions on how they decide to handle long-established paranormal themes to make it their own. Some don’t stray too far from the traditional, while others go way outside the box. I am always delighted when an author brings something unique to the literary table, regardless of genre, and I truly enjoyed the decisions Sylvain Reynard made in writing The Raven. It makes for a wonderful blend of both old and new in the vampyre realm.

You can read the rest of my
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
It's like Interview with the Vampire retold in the most lifeless soporific way possible. Bleh ...more
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015

“I am the monster, hiding in the darkness.”

I’m loving this series. Not only because Sylvain Reynard’s writing is exquisitely beautiful and it evokes such emotion and vivid imagery but also because the paranormal aspect interwoven with the cultural and of course our beloved Emmerson’s makes this a reader’s heaven.

“You brought beauty to my world. I wanted to do the same for you, if only for one night.”

The story itself makes for compulsive reading as the reader is swept away in an intriguin
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

I was transported to Florence.

I miss it already and it left me very curious to continue investigating the entire city.

I can see myself walking alone at night through those dark alleys, very mysterious places, indeed a magical world and in so many levels.

This story was painted beautifully, with such important details.

The author takes us on a tender and loving journey. I admire the fact that it wasn't that supernatural intended... that's the way I saw it.

We all feel disabled in some way, at s
Feb 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best word I can think of to describe The Raven is soporific. This a book that drags on every page, one that seems unable to understand the mere concept of plotting and pacing, let alone its execution, all the while borrowing tropes and situations from A Discovery of Witches (coincidentally, Deborah Harkness provided a glowing cover quote for this book), Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and, yes, Twilight. Indeed, this book, the first in a planned series, is a spin-off of the Gabriel series, an ...more
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was a beautiful story, dark and mysterious. I was completely fascinated by the world that was created.

Raven and The Prince have this growing and complicated relationship that really pulled me in. They had an undeniable passion and draw to one another that made their story of coming together extremely elaborate, detailed, and sensual. I loved Raven, how much she cared for others and understood where she was coming from. I also loved how challenging she could be to The Prince because she was

Sylvain Reynard takes a different turn in the Florentine series, this time adding a darker tone to his eloquent and decadent writing. Set in the beautiful backdrop of Italy, Raven Wood restores Renaissance art at the Uffizi gallery. On her way home, she stops the senseless beating of a homeless man before the attack turns on her. Her rescuer is as scary as her attacker but she is still ever grateful for his help.

But something strange starts to happen. No one recognized her and when news of a
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to read The Raven when I got my copy in the mail. SR's writing is amazing, it's always captivating and reads like poetry. The Raven is a paranormal romance set in the beautiful city of Florence. I loved the imagery, the dialogue and pacing, there was never a dull moment between the mystery and growing romance between Raven and the Prince. There's action, lots of fight scenes, tragedy, tender moments, mystery and romance.

Why not 5 stars?

I enjoyed the Gabriel series tremendously
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Nice
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Super Hot
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Power, Revenge, Love, and Honor
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: William

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I love that this book isn’t conventional in certain respects. It’s hard to explain without giving spoilers, but it’s good. It’s the kind of book I want to recommend to all especially if you enjoy paranormal romance. The writi
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