on February 2, 2015
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Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Series: The Florentine #2
Source: ARC via publisher
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...
Sometimes it can be difficult to rate a book that is only meh. You definitely didn’t love it, but you didn’t hate it either. That is the way I feel about The Shadow. The book was… unremarkable. The characters did not call to me, the pacing was slow, and the paranormal aspect was unoriginal.
Raven and William are the main characters. Raven is a 30 year old art restorer, and William is an 800 year old vampire prince. I did not feel a connection with either character, especially William. He is a hero of a romance for crying out loud, and I didn’t find him swoony in the least bit. No attraction at all. William was cold both literally and figuratively.
The Shadow isn’t a terribly long sequel, however, it took me an extra long time to finish the story. I believe the pacing may be to blame because I was easily distracted by outside influences quite a bit. And honestly, I was a little bored.
Yes, this is a vampire/human romance. I don’t read many paranormal novels, but when I do I expect originality. I didn’t feel these particular vamps were anything different than what I’ve read in the past. They’re cold, immortal, fast, drink blood, etc. – nothing to make them unique. I should also probably mention I found it strange the vamps were leaping over buildings and running at inhuman speed throughout the city and it seemed no one saw. I mean, is there no people in the streets?
What I did enjoy about this book was the setting and the art. Florence, Italy is a beautiful old city full of rich history. I’m glad the author set the story there. I also appreciate artwork, and Mr. Reynard makes paintings from the Renaissance Era (my favorite) a part of the plot.
Even though I did not love The Shadow it will not hinder me from reading future works by the author because I loved his Gabriel series. Unfortunately, I don’t care for this current cast of characters.