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Publisher's Summary

The author of the Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy reveals a beautiful yet deadly underworld where creatures of the night roam and Gabriel and Julianne become the target of a powerful but elusive enemy...

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence's Uffizi gallery restoring Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semiconscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attackers' screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her...

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. Upon returning to the Uffizi, no one recognizes her. More disturbingly, she discovers that she's been absent an entire week. With no recollection of her disappearance, Raven learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history - the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the police identify her as their prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence's wealthiest and most elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets...

This edition only: Includes Bonus Scenes

©2015 Sylvain Reynard (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The Raven was a fabulous Gothic treat of a book filled with ancient vampires, dark vendettas, and star-crossed love." (Deb Harkness, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Life)
 

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UNFORGETTABLE, HAUNTING & BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN

From the rooftops of Florence with it's spectacular views to the seedy paranormal underground world where vampires partied, fought and held Court, this stunning listen takes you on a mysterious and beautiful journey of love and discovery. It tells the story of how William, a jaded, ruthless, handsome Vampire Prince, saves then slowly becomes enchanted with Raven a timid, imperfect and impaired Art Restorer and, as their very different lives are tested, threatened, betrayed and become forever entwined..... love becomes a possibility.

The world-building and breathtaking descriptions will have you visualising every scene. Their growing friendship and shared passion for art and theology, their tender words, their sensual touches, William's ability to see beyond Raven's outward appearance to the caring heart she openly displays and Raven's determination and ability to hope will enchant you. Then the intrigue, drama, danger, questions, twists, suspense and nail biting action will keep you captivated until the 'to be continued' end. There's meaningful passion-filled sex scenes but they're not too explicit or too often.

There were many accents and emotions in this dual POV listen and they were all brilliantly done by a narrator who gave verbal CPR to written words and brought to life the flawed, emotionally scarred but loveable characters, the emotional scenes and inflected the moods that turned a great book into an unforgettable listen.

Worth a credit? I loved Sylvain Reynard's Gabriel Emerson series and this listen about personal growth despite doubts and weaknesses, love in spite of major differences, redemption however impossible and major life threats has made him an auto download author for me. Which means YES worth a credit, YES worth a $ purchase and YES worth the further credits I'll be using on this awesome new series.

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A romantic vampire love story

I wanted to get this book last year but put it off until closer to the release of book two. I'm so glad I did because it would have killed me to wait for the continuation of The Florentine. This was such a beautiful and romantic love story. Although it didn't end with a huge cliffhanger it did leave me wanting for more. Thanks goodness I have already per-ordered 'The Shadow'. John Morgan's narration was outstanding as well.

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Really good. I mean really good!

Another great book by Sylvain Reynard. It was a great story. A vampire romance done well. It was narrated perfectly. Sometimes a romance is ruined for me by male narrators trying to do female voices, and the female character sounds like a pathetic wimp. It's better when they just do the character. And he did them all well. The only bad part was the ending. It leaves you hanging in wait for the next book!

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Amazing...yet again

Great story by SR and lovely to hear John Michael Morgan again! He is one of the best voices in recent memory for audiobooks. I wish he did more but I am very happy with him giving life to SRs characters!!

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I tried. I really did.

The premise was fine. Nothing ground-breaking, but it had as much potential as any other PNR. That is, until the protagonist became inexplicably tedious and vapid (she's supposed to be a PhD candidate). By midpoint in the story, the reader experiences the first (sadly) of multiple EXHAUSTING and seemingly interminable expository dialogues. I honestly did my best to suspend disbelief, but when both spoken exchanges and internal monologues began to resemble a conversation with a toddler incessantly asking "but, why?...Why?...WHY?" I couldn't take it any more. What the author clearly intended to read as logic based disbelief, plays as willfully obtuse. And dialogue meant to impart mystery plays as sophomoric and tediously evasive. Ultimately, the product was immersion breaking and irritating beyond belief. I hit EJECT around chapter 30. Not sorry. I couldn't take any more.

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Another amazing book!!

SR has done it again!! The beauty and depth of her characters are just breath taking! I absolutely loved this book!! I can't wait for the next in the series!!! A must read!!

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Love this storyline already

This was greater than I expected. I'm glad that she used the same narrator. he does a great job! I can't wait for the next book in this series.

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The Raven

Loved this book! SR has outdone himself with the first book in the Florentine series. This is a beautiful love story between two of the most unlikely lovers from different worlds who are brought together as a result of an unfortunate incident involving Jane "Raven" Wood and William York, the Prince of the vampire underworld of Florence who comes to her aid. Thanks to John Michael Morgan, narrator who's voice is music to my ears. I could listen to him narrate a story all day and all night long. hmmmmmm.

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"She hated pity." Except when she's bathing in it.

UGH the heroine. The rest is great, but she had me rolling my eyes so much I gave myself vertigo. Those who have had it will get that joke.

If you don't mind reliving your self-hating teenager phase, you'll like this heroine just fine. If you can get past that, there is a lot to enjoy.

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Dry, Poorly Written Sex Scenes, etc

I am not one for a lot of sex in my books and so am grateful that I hadn't invested much time in this book before the author added a scene that was poorly written (even for someone like me who doesn't like that content, poorly written) and not necessary for plot development. Okay, let's have sex and have the conversation to bring along character and plot development that could have happened at any other time. This was sex for sex sake, and again, not well done other. My hope is that I can return this book, it was super dry anyway and has taken it's time trying to get anywhere at all, so I am sure I am not missing much stopping the book right there and then. Too sad.

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  • 03-26-15

Raven

One of the best audio books I've ever listened to. Perfectly read, wonderful written, so much detail when you close your eyes you almost feel like your there. Very much looking forward to the next installation,

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  • Yvonne58
  • 02-26-15

a great tale

What made the experience of listening to The Raven the most enjoyable?

the narrators voice was just right, the story is atmospheric, lovely.

What did you like best about this story?

the mood of the story was incredible, descriptions of everything, makes me want to visit Florence.

Have you listened to any of John Michael Morgan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

i've not listened to his narration before but this one is good.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it made me feel,oh no, oh yes and joy that the question of their romance is solved,

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read more as it says it is book 1.

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  • Syd UK
  • 05-11-18

A SUPERnatural love story

Sylvain Reynard does it again with this compelling story of an unlikely love affair between two lost souls. As ever, wonderful narration and dialogue that captures the Romanticism of a love that defies time. A 5 Star recommendation.

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  • Annie A
  • 01-24-18

Outstanding

What a fabulous story - cant believe I had never come across this author before!! Downloading next book immediately!!!

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  • Ana Castañeda
  • 07-27-21

The Other Florence

An exceptional story of love, loyalty, secrets, and forgiveness. A work of vampire art.

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  • 06-01-21

Exquisite

Loved this brilliant read Jukia and Gabriel are mentioned, love the falling in love of Raven and William

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  • V. PHILLIPS
  • 05-21-21

Well worth listening to

The book was not what I was expecting at all. I have never been interested in ‘the underworld and darkness’. I nearly returned the book twice but then it drew me in and I couldn’t stop listening. Beautifully written and narrator is perfect.

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