Book Review 10: The Prince (The Florentine 0.5) by Sylvain Reynard

Title: The PrinceThe-Prince-by-Sylvain-Reynard-200x300
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Release Date: January 20, 2015

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…

Rating: 5/5
Review: The Prince is a very enthralling and entertaining read. It opens with the Emersons displaying Boticelli’s illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery (see Gabriel’s Redemption for more details) from the Prince of Florence’s point of view. The Prince is a powerful and intimidating being who wants his illustrations back. He watches the Emersons from afar and he keeps a running commentary on the Professor who he thinks is arrogant and insufferable (it takes one to know one) and Julianne who is virtuous and, sadly, ill. Though the Prince’s thoughts are dark, Sylvain Reynard injects humour via Snarky Narrator. Yes, SN is back and he doesn’t disappoint.

An event occurs that distracts the Prince from the Emersons. He summons the Consilium, which is the group ruling the underworld of Florence of which he is a member, to a meeting, and from there the story delves deeper into the politics of the Italian underworld and the art of warfare. A war is brewing and the Prince is determined to protect Florence.

SR weaves a dangerous and magical world where humans and the supernatural coexist. The Prince lays ground for SR’s upcoming novel The Raven (to be released February 3, 2015). Now that I’ve gotten a glimpse of the Prince, I can’t wait to read what happens next. Novellas are short but The Prince feels like a very short read because it is that fascinating. You’ll wish the story just went on and on. February feels like a million years away…

Disclaimer: I received an eGalley of this book from the author/publisher for an honest review.

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