From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Reynard (the Gabriel Trilogy) launches a series with this uneven paranormal contemporary set in a remarkably well-portrayed Florence. Art restorer Raven Wood, who works at the Uffizi Gallery, is attacked on the way home from a party, but a mysterious figure intervenes. At the same moment, valuable Botticelli drawings are stolen from the gallery. The two events are linked by William York, the vampire prince of Florence. He has fallen hard for Raven and attempts to win her heart while fending off vampire hunters, possible traitors in his court, and the police investigation into the art theft, which he committed. The depiction of Raven's disabling limp is nuanced and thoughtful, and Reynard makes a credible attempt to subvert and critique many of the genre's clich s (though he falls prey to a few). There's nothing resembling a plot, the action scenes are muddled and confusing, and the ending is merely a pause before book two. Still, it can't be overemphasized how well this novel captures the details, locations, and long history of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Fascinating story of a dark savior of a man who literally, if not unconventionally, saves the life of a troubled, but strong young woman of the art world and falls for her. Explore the world of vampires in the beautiful city of Florence and you’ll never be the same. Beautifully written. Just Extraordinary. You won’t be able to put it down.
🤔 Not sure how I feel about it but I could not put it down
I love Reynard’s books (the Gabriel series as well as The Man in the Black Suit) but had put off purchasing The Raven as I am not a fan of paranormal, and not all of the reviews were positive.
After reading … I am still not a fan of paranormal. For me, The Raven had huge plot holes and did not flow as evenly as the other Reynard novels. And yet…I finished it within two days and it held my interest throughout. I enjoyed it, no question. There was something about the relationship of the two leads, Raven and the Prince, that kept me going. I will buy Book 2 as well.
Absolutely in love with this Arthur. She writes beautiful, I can't put these books down, I've read the Gabriel series 2times now and I cried at the end again.