ARC Review: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

Posted January 31, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard
The Raven
by Sylvain Reynard

3.5 Stars


Released: Feb 3, 2015
Series: The Florentine #1
Published by Berkley Trade
Pages: 496
Format: ARC


“Passion and intensity are never in short order with Sylvain Reynard’s books. Be prepared for a darker, sinful side of the author with the Florentine series.” ~ Under the Covers

Sylvain Reynard takes a different turn in the Florentine series, this time adding a darker tone to his eloquent and decadent writing. Set in the beautiful backdrop of Italy, Raven Wood restores Renaissance art at the Uffizi gallery. On her way home, she stops the senseless beating of a homeless man before the attack turns on her. Her rescuer is as scary as her attacker but she is still ever grateful for his help.

But something strange starts to happen. No one recognized her and when news of a stolen Botticelli illustration coincides with her disappearance, Raven becomes the prime suspect.

Reynard’s writing is exceptionally driven by this mystery, adding intrigue and action where you least expect it. I think readers will be surprised by the change in his writing, but will undoubtedly enjoy the ride that the author takes us on.

As mentioned earlier, Reynard’s writing is exceptional well done. Rife with rich descriptions and beautiful imagery, this book almost reminds me of a decadent cake with layers and layers of deliciousness you want to devour. However, the rich descriptions can be a double-edged sword. Too much of it can slow the book down and really hinder the reading experience when the pacing needs to be on point. Several times I felt like the book dragged in favor of creating more depth where there was already so much of it. I think with a more action-oriented series such as this one, a balance needs to be made.

Passion and intensity are never in short order with Sylvain Reynard’s books. Be prepared for a darker, sinful side of the author with the Florentine series.



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About Sylvain Reynard

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.


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Thanks Annie for the review


I have been waiting for this book!…can’t wait to read it….i just hope i don’t get too bogged down with the descriptions…thanks annie

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I haven’t read anything by Sylvain Reynard yet.