Every time that I read a Sylvain Reynard book I feel a little more enlightened. The writing is so eloquent and intelligent that I am always blown away by this author’s work. I love the way that she works the history and art into each of her stories. I truly feel like I’ve learned something each time I finish one of her books.
Aside from this author’s impressive intellect, I have been taken aback by how much I have enjoyed ‘The Florentine’ series. Mixing fact and fiction, she has created a fantastical story that I have devoured. It is unlike any other vampire story that I’ve read and I have been captivated with this story from the beginning.
That being said, there is a fine balance between providing enough details to “build” the story and providing enough action to keep readers engaged. I often find that this author is a little heavier on the former, resulting in longer stories that sometimes provide too much detail. This time around, I didn’t find that to be the case though. In fact, ‘The Roman’ was a surprisingly quick read.
It did take me a little time to remember exactly where the story had left off, but it all came back to me pretty quickly. Then, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book, waiting to see how things would end up for Raven and William. Although there were plenty of predictable elements, there were also many twists that I did not see coming.
In the end, it was a great conclusion to a great series. The ending was surprising for me in many ways. I didn’t see it coming, but it was nice. It left me with a nice, satiated feeling.