From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the anticipated conclusion to The Shadow, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…
Raven and her sister, Cara, are at the mercy of a small detachment of Florentine vampyres, who are delivering them as a peace offering to the feared Curia in Rome. Though she’s unsure William survived the coup that toppled his principality, Raven is determined to protect her sister at all costs, even if it means challenging Borek, the commander of the detachment.
In an effort to keep Raven from falling into the hands of his enemies, William puts himself at the mercy of the Roman, the dangerous and mysterious vampyre king of Italy. But the Roman is not what he expects … Alliances and enmities will shift and merge as William struggles to save the woman he loves and his principality, without plunging the vampyre population into a world war.
This stunning conclusion to the Florentine series will take readers across Italy and beyond as the lovers fight to remain together. Forever.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was not that kind of reader, searching for paranormal romance books, that wasn’t me. Although I had some interest in the movies, my faves Dracula, The Crow ( old one) and Interview with a Vampire. After a couple of Anne Rice’s books I didn’t have much to compare. The stories didn’t mean that much to me or anything at all…
Then there was a series written by Sylvain Reynard, the author of Gabriel’s Inferno Series which I liked very much and I’ve started following SR’s writing rather close with admiration.Then I thought, why not?
Amazed of SR’s creation, well-developed characters, this beautifully written dark and sexy underworld tale inviting us to the mysterious city of Florence, enchanting the readers along. My imagination took off. ( I wish I could fly)
The Florentine Series caught my attention as you can read here… and I fell in love in the very first chapter with The Prince. I’ve been a loyal servant ever since. Not compelled or anything 🙂
The Author has an incredible way to transport the readers to the story. You feel it, you are there like an extra character trying to get everyone safe. All the characters belong in the tale and they are in for a reason. Even that extra, me, or you, trying to fight Good against Evil, wishing Love with your Passion would prevail. Every life is worth living.
If you didn’t start reading this series yet, here is the reading order:
The Prince, The Raven, The Shadow and now the release of The Roman.
So back to
Yes, the final installment of the series and yes, why I am so nervous? My stomach started to hurt because I didn’t want it to end. Be quiet my little heart. Oh… it’s alright, right?
Raven and William became my addiction, loving characters, like Gabriel and Julia who make some appearances here and there, still are so close to my heart.
I’ve enjoyed so much to witness their love, unique and transcendent.
Raven a solid and courageous character with a physical condition, if that couldn’t stop her… She’s my hero. How I love her ✨
Even in the darkness she manages to conquer everyone’s heart and fight for the good. She could get out of any dangerous situation just by talking to you. I don’t know what William would do without her… and yet both lost so much…
So now, the most intelligent and interesting character I have ever read, The Prince ⚜️
I’m amazed of his qualities, how noble and how experienced in terms of finding a resolution to problems under pressure.
In love with his city, willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of the humans and all his brethren. For someone who said he had no feelings, his humanity kept his people safe.
Yet, his people were his torment and their sickening quest for power, turn his world apart.
The Roman is full of intense scenes in every chapter. You’ll keep turning the pages and get out of breath, I tell you! Applause to the writer!
Toward the conclusion something really unexpected happens and in my first impression (first read), I wish I had more time in the book to adapt to the new situation. It felt like I lost something and wasn’t ready to give up and then didn’t have time to feel safe around the new and move on.
I’m still processing it…
In the end, I think we don’t welcome changes as changes have to be. Getting out of our comfort zone, means sometimes sacrifice what is dear to us, by the time we change, we then realize it took an effort to leave the past, but it was your best decision to move forward, so we have to try to make it worth.
Raven was Hope to William‘s Despair.
Had a really good time with the Florentine series. It will be in my case, truly missed.
Will I read paranormal again? I’ll answer with another question :
Can you match Sylvain’s powerful writing?
I recommend this series! You’ll never know a paranormal story like this one! Don’t you miss it!
An intense dark tale, with Intrigue, Art, Love and Redemption.
I couldn’t put it down! I kept slowing my reading, felt a little guilty and got all frustrated. A bittersweet moment as I’m writing this review. I can’t let these enchanting characters go.
My heart hurts…
Sylvain Reynard seduces, does magic to this magnificent conclusion of the Florentine Series. I wonder what’s next! All I know is it’s going to be set in Paris…
ARC provided by the Author or Publisher in exchange for an honest review!
I’ve pre-order the audiobook, so I’ll re-read/listen to it again
by the time you are reading this long long review.
You can do it too! ⇑
I like the audible versions of the books and I’ve been introduced to Sylvain Reynard’s work through John Michael Morgan‘s voice. Unfortunately John is not with us anymore – Hope you are in a better place, you are truly missed *
So The Roman is narrated by another great voice – Robertson Dean
Want to follow Sylvain Reynard?
Readers around the world got together to discuss SR’s Books. This community is growing every minute. So many talents for all places in the world and all with the same ❤️ Had a lot of fun making some edits… here are a few:
Sylvain Reynard has many fans around the world. Some readers start promoting SR’s work in every social platform. Some run SR’s Official Fan Twitter accounts of their country, others have a Facebook Page, others a Blog. Some Podcasts too, where people can listen and participate in a discussion of the books. Many run book clubs, you should give it a try.
I’m Portuguese, although I read in English, I’m lucky the books are published in my country, so here are the Portuguese book covers of The Florentine Series:
*SR Portuguese fans have a page on Facebook since yesterday: @SRFansPortugal Yay!
I was saying,
many readers started promoting SR’s work here and there, here is a playlist of songs for The Roman made by the muses at Argyle Empire – an approved fan site. They’ve started not long ago a Facebook Group, you can find them at facebook.com/ArgyleEmpire
Click and listen to the playlist:
Time for #TheRoman 📚 #Playlist 🎧 Release!!!
Thank you Sylvain Reynard again for sharing what inspires your writing 🎶
#TheRoman 📚#Playlist 🎧 @YouTube 🎶 @Spotify 🎶
Judah & The Lion – Hundred Miles #Playlist song missing from @Spotify 🎧📚
Just posting a few…
Gabriel Series Fan Podcast
“We’re Perling and Betty from the Gabriel Series Fan Podcast. We are reading Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard along with our listeners. Join us as we discuss the chapter of the week and join us in the chat room. And share your favorite quotes with us.
You’ll find us on Mixlr on Sunday evening at 5PM EST NYT and on iTunes.
Noches en Florencia Fan Podcast
Noches en Florencia FP is a Podcast of Sylvain Reynard’s new Florentine Series (a trilogy).
This is a program dedicated to everything related to the trilogy beginning with the book El Príncipe (The Prince) and La Alondra (The Raven) (followed by the books not yet translated in Spanish, The Shadow and The Roman).
The program is conducted by SR fans and dedicated to all his fans, especially to all who speak Spanish. MJ, Maru and Lily invite you to listen to the live podcast every Saturday at 11:00 am ET on Mixlr.
La belleza del carácter – #YoSoyRaven – Take a look 🙂
Noites em Florença – Brazil
Compartilhamos amor e admiração pela escrita de
Nosso podcast foca a série Noites em Florença.
Junte-se a nós na jornada pelo submundo de SR 😉
Join us for a trip to Florence.