This novel blows the Gabriel Series away. I am a huge fan of Sylvain's writing, the way that it creates this world for you to get lost in. The descriptive writing, the exceptionally developed characters, and the knowledge that the author possesses all come together to create this beautiful poetry in the writing. In The Raven, this is even more evident then ever before.
I felt as if I had traveled myself to Florentine while reading this. I can tell you about the architecture, the people, the places you should visit, all of it. While at the same time I can also tell you each detail of the story itself. Every word you read is written in a way that you can't forget it, it flows and wraps itself around you. Pure wonderful enjoyment.
This story was absolutely riveting. I was enamored with the characters from when I first was introduced to them. Some details that the characters possess are typical things that I hate in a novel, but the way that they are written makes the characters feel that much more real and relatable for the reader. The main characters William and Raven have their faults like all of us, and unlike more writers, the way that Sylvain portrays these items Makes you put yourself in their shoes. It is quite a way to fall into a story.
William and Raven have their work cut out of them with this story. All William wants to do is to protect Raven, while all she wants to do is enjoy her life.
After much back and forth and a few shocks I didn't see coming, Raven and William are thrown together in a search for the answers to her questions while also keeping them both safe. Williams world is not a friendly one, and with betrayal and double-crossing as a means for survival, you never see the twists coming.
Heck, even if you see it coming you are still knocked on you backside when the twists do come.
I don't want to give anything away because this novel is astonishing. Read it. Travel across the world and get lost in a story that pulls at your heart and forces you to question what you believe. True Love.
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 fine works of 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 semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s 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. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also 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 baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…