The Raven (Florentine series)

By Sylvain Reynard

From the New York Times bestselling writer of the Gabriel sequence comes a depressing, sensual story of romance in a urban shrouded in mystery . . .
 
Raven wooden spends her days at Florence's Uffizi gallery restoring Renaissance artwork. yet an blameless stroll domestic after a night with neighbors adjustments her existence endlessly. whilst she intervenes within the mindless beating of a homeless guy, his attackers activate her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is barely semiconscious while their attack is interrupted by means of a cacophony of growls via her attackers' screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, yet now not ahead of catching a glimpse of a shadowy determine who whispers to her . . .
 
Cassita vulneratus.
 
whilst Raven awakes, she is inexplicably replaced. Upon returning to the Uffizi, nobody acknowledges her. extra disturbingly, she discovers that she's been absent a complete week. without recollection of her disappearance, Raven learns that her absence coincides with one of many biggest robberies in Uffizi history--the robbery of a collection of worthwhile Botticelli illustrations. whilst the police determine her as their best suspect, Raven is eager to transparent her identify. She seeks out certainly one of Florence's wealthiest and such a lot elusive males in an try to discover the reality. Their come upon leads Raven to a depressing underworld whose population kill to maintain their secrets . . .

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The underworld wasn’t stressed with electrical energy and so torches burned in wall sconces, whereas complex iron candelabras illuminated the cavernous house. Shadows flickered around the faces of the beings who’d assembled. apparently adequate, the tunnels have been considerably absent of rats. “This assembly of the Consilium will come to reserve. ” Lorenzo thumped a tall employees, which boasted a carved gold lily on its most sensible. At his assertion, the opposite 5 Consilium individuals got here ahead and sat in tall wood chairs that have been upholstered with purple velvet. The seats have been prepared in units of 3, dealing with front on each side of a imperative aisle that featured a protracted, purple velvet runner. Moments later, the Prince entered the corridor via its huge double doorways, his black velvet gown billowing in the back of him. He strode up the aisle to a wide gold throne that stood on a raised platform. He didn't glance happy. whereas the Consilium contributors wore formal outfits within the form of the Renaissance, capped with crimson velvet cloaks, the Prince was once wearing smooth garments, except for his gown. As continuously, he wore black. The council individuals stood once he entered and, while he’d taken his position, they bowed. He stated them impatiently, waving at them to be seated earlier than turning to his lieutenant. “Clear the gallery. provide my apologies to the electorate and spot that they're fed. ” Lorenzo bowed back, attempting to conceal his displeasure. He speedy directed the sentries to escort the electorate from the corridor. Then he whispered directions to Gregor, the Prince’s assistant, with recognize to the feeding. It was once accepted to have people held in reserve in the course of council conferences, in case an individual grew hungry. (It seemed the Consilium contributors must forgo their catering in this social gathering. ) The Prince appeared the council individuals with a glance of chilly detachment, his piercing grey eyes relocating from head to head. The participants have been seated so as of rank. Lorenzo sat within the position of honor at his correct. Niccolò, a well-known Florentine who’d been a chancellor of the town whilst he was once human, sat subsequent to Lorenzo. Aoibhe was once seated to Niccolò’s correct. around the aisle and to the Prince’s left, sat Maximilian, Pierre, and Ibarra. “There are a few very important concerns that needs to be addressed. ” The Prince’s tone used to be brisk. “Regular company can be tabled until eventually our subsequent assembly. “Aoibhe. ” The Prince’s eyes met hers and he or she stood. “Yes, my lord. ” “Tell me in regards to the feral. ” Aoibhe’s brown eyes slid to Ibarra’s and a glance handed among them. “Last evening Ibarra and that i occurred upon a feral in Santo Spirito. ” Her colleagues remained quiet, regardless of her troubling declaration, for the scoop had already reached their ears. “For the good thing about the council individuals, please let us know what you observed. ” The Prince concentrated his gaze on Ibarra, his expression harsh. “The feral killed a human within the piazza. after we approached, it attacked. I beheaded it and we took the physique and that of the human outdoor town to be burned. ” “Pierre.

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