February 16, 2016

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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  1. Lori mcmaster said:

    Hi, the series are incredible. I Just finished the shadow, and before that the raven. I did not have a chance to read the prince because I Did not know it was the first book. I will have to order it. I have to say these books are a piece of art! I can not wait for next book after The shadow. I do hope William rescue raven @ she and William become one.


  2. Lori mcmaster said:

    Started with the raven and Then the shadow. Both are a piece of art.. I still need to order the prince. I can’t wait until the Next book. Raven must be saved by William where I hope they choose To be one. You wrote an incredible, sexy,action with an a incredible love Although Complicated; but I still the incredible love between William @ raven. Hope the incredible Fourth book arrives soon. I was so deep into story, I finished in a little over 2 days. I do hope they love and fight together as one. Thank you for next book after the shadow. incredible!


    1. tara said:

      Thanks for commenting! The Prince is a novella so it was short and sweet. You’ll breeze
      through it! I have to admit, I didn’t love The Raven but The Shadow totally redeemed the series for me. Even though we have a cliffhanger, I don’t mind. I agree with you, I’m really looking forward to the next book, but he’s not done writing it yet so I think we have a wait on our hands!


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