Title – The Roman
Author – Sylvain Reynard
Publication Date – December 6, 2016
Series – The Florentine, #3
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.
Finally, the long-awaited conclusion to the Florentine series is here and it has heart-racing action with plenty of swoonworthy, romantic moments. Sylvain Reynard’s The Roman bids a farewell to The Prince and Raven, but I have a feeling that they will live on in readers’ hearts for some time to come.
The romance between these two felt so classic and timeless. From the moment they were introduced in the first book to the final moment of the epilogue, it felt like these two lovers were meant to be together. I appreciated The Prince’s precarious balance of personal life and the ruling of his city. Though he was thousands of years old, it wasn’t until he met Raven that he learned of the important things. As for Raven, her independence and tenacity shown through each book in the series, but none more than in The Roman. She went on her own journey of self-discovery and the place where Reynard took her was nothing short of perfection.
While I was left very satisfied with the novel as a whole, I did feel like the pacing was slightly off. For it being the last book in the series, I somewhat expected it to have more of a full throttle type of feel. Instead, The Roman seemed to have a bit of an up and down characteristic to it. Reynard would write scenes that answered questions and brought resolution, only to then introduce new issues that needed solving. It wasn’t until about the last quarter of the book that things started to really pick up and left me unable to put the book down.
That being said, I truly appreciated this author’s foray into the paranormal genre. I have surprisingly always loved the inclusion of art and history that he pens, but it really worked to add in the vampire side as well. He combined these elements effortlessly so that the components he excels at shone brightly, yet pushed his readers’ boundaries to expand a bit further. Overall, I really liked this series and, as always, found Sylvain Reynard’s writing to be spectacularly brilliant. With this series under his belt, I really am excited to see what genre he will tackle next!
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The Prince (Florentine, #0.5)
The Raven (Florentine, #1)
The Shadow (Florentine, #2)
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.
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