Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Florentine Series: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard




From The Florentine Series: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard published by Penguin Publishing


 












Sylvain Reynard is a New York Times best-selling author. His interests include the way literature can help explore aspects of the human condition His particular interests include suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. Among his favorite stories are those that include a character that takes a journey, either physical to someplace new and exciting, or a personal journey in which the character learns something about him or herself.

His other interests extend to aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music in the telling of a story and/or to illuminate such traits of a particular character. In his writing, he combines all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

This author uses his platforms to raise awareness of the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information on the authors charities please visit his charities page here: http://sylvainreynard.com/charities/

Other books from Sylvain Reynard:

Gabriel's Inferno This author is best known currently for his Gabriel's Inferno Series. This segment is from. 

 Enigmatic and attractive, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a man tortured by his past. Though he takes great pride in his prestigious role as a Dante specialist, he knows he is a magnet for sin, especially lust.

When the virtuous Julia Mitchell joins his graduate seminar at the University of Toronto, she alters their lives irrevocably. Through their connection, Gabriel begins a journey that forces him to unravel the mysteries of their past entanglement, as well as face his many demons.

A sinful exploration of sex, love, and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a beguiling intelligent romance filled with intrigue, seduction and forgiveness. Told through witty, dark humor, the narrator relates a captivating tale of Gabriel’s odyssey through the Inferno.

This next segment is from Gabriel's Rapture, book 2 of Gabriel's Inferno. 


Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex.

But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?

In Gabriel’s Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel’s Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader’s mind, body, and soul, forever.

Last in Gabriel's Inferno is Gabriel's Redemption


From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Inferno comes the epic conclusion to the captivating romantic trilogy.

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation—research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

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My review of The Raven

I have to admit that this story took me a bit by surprise. While it is similar to the authors Gabriel Series in its platform it also adds a brand new element to the story.

*****Spoiler Alert*****

The story starts out with Raven Wood. She spends her days at Florence's Uffizi gallery restoring Renaissance art. One night, on an innocent walk home, she encounters a situation that will change her life forever. Intervening in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her. Raven is semi-conscious when the assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls and then screams from her attackers. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her....

Cassita vulneratus.

Upon awakening, Raven is inexplicably changed. Returning to work, nobody recognizes her. More disturbingly, she discovers that she was missing for an entire week. Raven has no recollection of where she was during her absence but also coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. Soon the police identify her as their number one suspect. Raven becomes desperate to clear her name. She seeks out on 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............

*****End of Spoiler alert*****

This story took me in and held me with its fast pace and plot twists and turns throughout the entire book. I read it in just over 24 hours. I simply could not put it down. Sylvain Reynard, renowned world-wide for his Gabriel's Inferno Series, has come up with a brand new series that is likely to be just as well known.

The Raven is very well written, in depth characters and an element that is new to the readers of The Gabriel's Inferno Series. In true Sylvain Reynard writing style, The Raven has all the elements from The Gabriel Series plus more. If the reader loves art and a storyline similar to that of The Gabriel Series, then they will love this as well.

If I could, I would rate this story as higher than 5 stars.

Sylvain Reynard on the web:

Web page:  http://sylvainreynard.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4562483.Sylvain_Reynard

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sylvain-Reynard/e/B007SXMDRK
                





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