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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Book Review: The Shadow (The Florentine #2) by Sylvain Reynard

The Shadow (The Florentine #2)
by Sylvain Reynard
Paperback, 432 pages
February 2nd 2016 by Berkley
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…

Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart...

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness.

I didn't read book one, The Raven, but The Shadow can stand on its own. It picks up right after the end of book one which apparently had a bit of a cliff hanger. If you want to know how Raven and William met and fell in love you will have to read book one. This is a paranormal romance through and through. I love this type of vampire anti-hero, brooding and not understanding human attachment and emotions anymore, but the I'm-strong-on-the-outside-but-damsel-in-distress-on-the-inside heroine isn't for me. I didn't like her much.

The first half of the book is the two mooning over each other. The second part is where the all the action is. Vampire politics are forcing William to fight for his life and his city. I really liked this part because it was more urban fantasy like with betrayal and violence. These are vampires for goodness sake.

If you love Vampire PNR then this series is probably for you. William really is a sexy beast. 

3 "Bite me" Sheep


About the Author:
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, 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. For more information, see my Charities page

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