the shadow, by sylvain reynard

the shadowThe Shadow is the 2nd full-length novel in the Florentine series and overall 3rd book. In a recent Twitter “author chat” with Sylvain Reynard himself, he confirmed that he is working on the 4th and final book in the series.

After reading The Raven, I was less than enthused about this next installment in the series, but because I am such a huge fan of Reynard’s writing, I decided to go forth and conquer. So glad I did! The Shadow, while incredibly sexy, didn’t belabor the bedroom scenes and ramped up the action, intrigue, and humor.

Raven and  William are together and stronger than ever. But the forces around them are trying desperately to pull them apart–and they may succeed. Raven is forced to confront her past, in more ways than one. Her mother, stepfather, sister, and the priest who sheltered Raven and her sister, Cara, when they were children, are all in the fold as old hurts and crimes resurface from the past.

In the meantime, while Raven is dealing with the emotional turmoil from her childhood, William is still in search of the traitor amongst his council; all while trying to protect his city from both enemies within the city of Florence and those outside.

The Shadow has redeemed this series for me and I cannot wait until the 4th and final chapter of this paranormal ride. The heroine was far less annoying than in the previous book, though really, is anyone THAT good of a human being? Anyway, and William is clearly a force to be reckoned with. This book reminds us of the depth Reynard creates in his characters, which makes us fall in love with them. (Even if they’re beheading someone…)

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