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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Awesome read!!!!

I loved this book couldn't put it down. Raven Wood carries a cane because she limps when she walks because of something that happened to her when she was a child and she works at the Uffizi Gallery restoring paintings. One night Raven was walking home after a party when she saw three men hurting a homeless man, but when she tried to intervene they started to attack her, but then suddenly someone came to help her and took her away. After a week later Raven woke up in her bed not remembering anything and she noticed that her body was different. William York is a centurie old unhuman and he can't stop looking after Raven, but when something tries to get her William comes and takes her to his home and tells her what he really is. After spending time together Raven tells him that she loves him, but when he tells her that he can't love her she leaves him with a broken heart. After a month of not seeing each other Raven enters her home after attending her birthday party and is surprise to see William waiting for her. William wants to give her a birthday present but before he does he tells her how he really feels about her.

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Love Sylvain

I am not usually a fan of fantasy romance novels, but I had to give this new series a try..because Sylvain Reynard. As always he captivated me in a world of art and beauty.

Raven is a young broken woman working as an art restorer in Florence. She catches the eye -or nose rather- of an ancient vampire, the Prince of Florence. Together they battle there seen and unseen enemies in the desire to find hope and love within each other.

I loved how Sylvain intertwined the story of the Emerson's from his previous series into the book, giving the work of Botticelli an honorary front row seat.

This book has a mild cliffhanger ending, I did purchase the next in the series, which I would suggest if you are an anxious listener as I am.

John Michael Morgan did a great job on the narration- he was able to captivate me immediately- with distinct true accents fitting the different cultural characters in the book.

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Raven

I love most of Sylvain Reynard's novels, but at the end of this novel I felt I knew as much about The Prince as I did in the beginning. There was so much of a tease that information will be shared, the it's a new chapter and we are either on a new thought or the answer is given to the tease.

So there is a second book coming out in 2016 to explain what The Prince has done to revenge, Raven's crappy childhood. Raven was adamant no harm comes to her mother , who apparently was the cause of bringing the devil into the home and pray upon children.

So we shall see if the second book answers these questions.

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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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  • jenny james
  • 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.