Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

The Prince
The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Prince is an intense introduction to Mr. Reynard’s new paranormal romance series, The Florentine, which also overlaps with his Gabriel’s Inferno series. Although I have yet to read the final book in the Gabriel’s Inferno series, I didn’t feel as though there was any information revealed in The Prince that would serve as a spoiler for Gabriel’s Redemption. On the contrary, it merely served to stoke a strong desire within me to buy the book so that I can spend some more time with Gabriel and Julianne because while The Prince may find Professor Emerson to be insufferable, I do not.

Because The Prince is a cross-over novella, there are two storylines playing out. The first involves a set of Botticelli illustrations that the professor owns, illustrations that were stolen from The Prince over a century ago, illustrations that The Prince wants back and is willing to kill for. No, not willing to kill for, but rather he intends to kill for. During these parts of the novella, fans of the Gabriel’s Inferno series get to catch up with the couple – presumably after the third book – and see how their relationship continues to move forward. This storyline – The Prince’s revenge – does not play out in its entirety and fans must read The Raven to learn more.

The other storyline is actually the introduction of Florence’s otherworldly underworld and its ruler, The Prince (and yes, that is the only name by which he is referred to or addressed as in the book). While it is clear that The Prince is not human, the book never comes out and states exactly what he is. That said, all hints, clues and innuendos point to him being a vampire and apparently a very old one at that. After a terribly executed and failed assassination attempt on his “life,” The Prince must prepare for war… And thus the stage is set for The Florentine series and my countdown to the release of The Raven begins.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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