Title – The Prince
Author – Sylvain Reynard
Publication Date – January 20, 2015
Series – Florentine Prequel Novella
The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence exposes Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious enemy.
Gabriel may have acquired the illustrations only a few years ago, but unbeknownst to him, they were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld.
Now one of the most dangerous beings in the city is determined to reclaim his prize and exact his revenge on the Emersons–but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne…
The Prince by Sylvain Reynard was a great way to bridge the gap between his other novels, while simultaneously introducing readers to an entirely different aspect of the world he has created. It is exactly the type of writing that readers have come to expect from him; it’s sophisticated, poised, and even introduces an element of mysteriousness. The short prequel novella also serves as a fantastic introduction to the historical grounding that Reynard often writes about, but with a completely different twist. We also get to see some familiar characters from The Professor’s trilogy, which makes you feel right at home as a reader of the author’s previous works.
“Too many human beings hoped their deeds would cover their sins and save them.”
The characters are clearly not human, but I’m left quite intrigued on what exactly the Prince’s story is. I will say that while they are paranormal beings, I never felt that overshadowed the story line. For those who may not be into that genre or setting in books, this would still be a great read to pick up, as it’s a piece of the story but certainly not everything. There was so much action packed into such few pages that I’m left chomping at the bits for the first novel in this series. Something I felt was extremely helpful was the glossary that could be found at the end. I’m always grateful for a mapping of people and places, and even terminology, that I may not be familiar with. It certainly helps with setting up the scenes without needing to spell it out in the pages, and therefore distracting from the story. Between the Emersons’ photographs (and consequently the Prince’s need for revenge), the oncoming war, and the principality’s security breach, The Prince set up for an intriguing plot with the potential for many action-packed future events. I can’t wait to see how the story unravels further in The Raven!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
The Raven (Florentine, #1)
The Shadow (Florentine, #2)
The Roman (Florentine, #3)
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.