From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…
Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart…
A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.
As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…
Both Tamie and Gel have given their praises on this amazing book this week. I just wanted to throw my hat into the ring as well…
Being a fan of SR’s work for years, I knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed at reading his latest work. But that means that I also have high expectations. His writing style is unique and elevated to others. I know that I am going to learn something and experience something that I wouldn’t expect.
If I had to add anything to what has already been said about The Shadow, I would say that of all the books in the series, including the Gabriel trilogy, this book has a strong moral message. There is underlying message about choosing to take the higher ground, even when most would not.
Raven Wood is a unique heroine in my eyes, because with all of her physical flaws, she is by far the most beautiful. I love how William sees her like no one has before, and that can give hope to someone who has none.
Just thinking about the intimate moments that they share brings tears to my eyes.
“Are you wealthy?” William’s brow furrowed. “Yes. Why?”
He relaxed his posture, placing his hands in his trouser pockets. ” I have property and investments. I hold a fair bit of currency in Swiss banks.”
“Is it a lot?”
He paused. “Enough to destabilize Europe.”
At her sharp intake of breath, he hastened to explain. “I’ve been acquiring assets since the thirteenth century. Apart from the theft of my illustrations, no one has even stolen from me. At least, not for long.”
“Then you can help them.” She sat forward. “You can protect the children-make sure they can go to school. Give them a chance to see beautiful things.”
“Because I’m asking.” Her expression grew pleading.
“I don’t intend to refuse,” He replied. “But why are you asking?”
“So they can see a light that shines in the darkness.”
William didn’t know what to make of her–this lovely young woman who wore her heart on the outside. This noble, fierce, generous lady who treated human suffering as if i were her responsibility to end it.
He touched her cheek, “You are the light that shines in my darkness.” Then he placed his hand on her head, the way a priest blesses an acolyte. “That’s why you studied art, isn’t it? So you could see the light?”
“When you are surrounded by ugliness, you can’t help but want beauty. I did everything I could to make sure I’d be surrounded by it for the rest of my life. Father Kavanaugh helped me.”
There is great mystery as well as intrigue in this book, but most of all there is love. The best kind of love. Unselfish, undying, all-compassing and true.
Who doesn’t want to read about that?!?!
I give this book, 5 glorious stars, and put it on my “favorites” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads.
***I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review. The excerpt is from that version.***
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