The Roman

The Roman

From the New York Times and international bestselling author of Gabriel's Inferno comes the thrilling conclusion to the dark and sexy paranormal romance series, following a young art restorer and the vampyre prince she loves as they fight against a mysterious figure who holds the fate of Italy's vampyre population-and their souls-in the balance....

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Title:The Roman
Author:Sylvain Reynard
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ISBN:1682306763
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:275 pages

The Roman Reviews

  • Monica
    Dec 08, 2016

    I was not that kind of reader, searching for paranormal romance books, that wasn't me.

    Although I had some interest in the movies, my faves Dracula, The Crow ( old one) and Interview with a Vampire. After a couple of Anne Rice's books I didn't have much to compare.

    The stories didn't mean that much to me or anything at all...

    Then there was a series written by Sylvain Reynard, the author of Gabriel's Inferno Series which I liked very much and I've started following SR's writing rather close with

    I was not that kind of reader, searching for paranormal romance books, that wasn't me.

    Although I had some interest in the movies, my faves Dracula, The Crow ( old one) and Interview with a Vampire. After a couple of Anne Rice's books I didn't have much to compare.

    The stories didn't mean that much to me or anything at all...

    Then there was a series written by Sylvain Reynard, the author of Gabriel's Inferno Series which I liked very much and I've started following SR's writing rather close with admiration.

    Then I thought, why not?

    Amazed of SR's creation, well-developed characters, this beautifully written dark and sexy underworld tale inviting us to the mysterious city of Florence, enchanting the readers along.

    My imagination took off. ( I wish I could fly)

    The Florentine Series caught my attention as you can read here... and I fell in love in the very first chapter with The Prince. I've been a loyal servant ever since. Not compelled or anything :)

    The Author has an incredible way to transport the readers to the story. You feel it, you are there like an extra character trying to get everyone safe. All the characters belong in the tale and they are in for a reason. Even that extra, me, or you, trying to fight Good against Evil, wishing Love with your Passion would prevail.

    Every life is worth living.

    If you didn't start reading this series yet, here is the reading order:

    The Prince, The Raven, The Shadow and now the release of The Roman.

    So back to The Roman...

    Yes, the final installment of the series and yes, why I am so nervous? My stomach started to hurt because I didn't want it to end. Be quiet my little heart. Oh... it's alright, right?

    Raven and William became my addiction, loving characters,

    like Gabriel and Julia who make some appearances here and there,

    still are so close to my heart.

    I've enjoyed so much to witness their love, unique and transcendent.

    Raven a solid and courageous character with a physical condition,

    if that couldn't stop her... She's my hero. How I love her !

    Even in the darkness she manages to conquer everyone's heart and fight for the good. She could get out of any dangerous situation just by talking to you. I don't know what William would do without her... and yet both lost so much...

    So now, the most intelligent and interesting character I have ever read, The Prince.

    I'm amazed of his qualities, how noble and how experienced in terms of finding a resolution to problems under pressure... I won't add much more, you need to read the series...

    In love with his city, willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of the humans and all his brethren.

    For someone who said he had no feelings, his humanity kept his people safe.

    Yet, his people were his torment and their sickening quest for power, turn his world apart.

    The Roman is full of intense scenes in every chapter. You'll keep turning the pages and get out of breath, I tell you! Applause to the writer!

    Toward the conclusion something really unexpected happens and in my first impression (first read), I wish I had more time in the book to adapt to the new situation. It felt like I lost something and wasn't ready to give up and then didn't have time to feel safe around the new and move on.

    I'm still processing it...

    In the end, I think we don't welcome changes as changes have to be. Getting out of our comfort zone, means sometimes sacrifice what is dear to us, by the time we change, we then realize it took an effort to leave the past, but it was your best decision to move forward, so we have to try to make it worth.

    Raven was Hope to William's Despair.

    Had a really good time with the Florentine series. It will be in my case, truly missed.

    Will I read paranormal again? I'll answer with another question :

    Can you match Sylvain's powerful writing?

    I recommend this series! You'll never know a paranormal story like this one! Don't you miss it!

    An intense dark tale, with Intrigue, Art, Love and Redemption.

    I couldn't put it down! I kept slowing my reading, felt a little guilty and got all frustrated. A bittersweet moment as I'm writing this review. I can't let these enchanting characters go.

    My heart hurts...

    Sylvain Reynard seduces, does magic to this magnificent conclusion of the Florentine Series. I wonder what's next! All I know is it's going to be set in Paris...

    À bientôt

    ...

    ARC provided by the Author or Publisher in exchange for an honest review!

    I've pre-order the audiobook, so I'll re-read/listen to it again

    by the time you are reading this long long review.

    I like the audible versions of the books and I've been introduced to Sylvain Reynard's work through John Michael Morgan's voice. Unfortunately John is not with us anymore - Hope you are in a better place, you are truly missed *

    So The Roman is narrated by another great voice - Robertson Dean

    Enjoy*

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    Dec 05, 2016

    The Prince and The Raven & The Shadow & The Roman connect our beloved Gabriel Series to Sylvain's new paranormal Florentine Series.

    This final book in the series starts with Raven and her unconscious sister being transported to Rome by Vampyres. Raven thinks William has been killed by the new Prince of Florence and the only safe place for them is with her Priest friend in Rome.

    But of course William isn't dead. Well, at least not deader than he's alway

    The Prince and The Raven & The Shadow & The Roman connect our beloved Gabriel Series to Sylvain's new paranormal Florentine Series.

    This final book in the series starts with Raven and her unconscious sister being transported to Rome by Vampyres. Raven thinks William has been killed by the new Prince of Florence and the only safe place for them is with her Priest friend in Rome.

    But of course William isn't dead. Well, at least not deader than he's always been. ☺

    He's hot on his pet's trail.

    And together they have to try to convince the Curia and The Roman that Raven can stay with William. And they need to get her sister safely out of Italy too. And that's only the beginning - we have lots of other things happening too....very dangerous and deadly and sexy things.....

    And this final book was just as great as the others.

    We have a lot to do until our darlings can even think of riding off into the sunset!

    It's a very suspensy and exciting and moving last book. It takes us a very long time to get all things sorted and it still might be possible that not everybody will survive this series.

    You won't be able to take a deep and relaxed breath until you've read the final word in this book, this series ..... Get ready for an amazing finale!!!!

    And now Sylvain hurry with your new series! Can't wait to see what it is! I've heard rumors about Paris. ☺☺

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  • Ellen
    Nov 29, 2016

    4.5 Stars!

    Sensual, powerful, romantic and very sexy. I don't read much PNR but Sylvain Reynard is an exception. Very bittersweet to see the series end! Full review to follow.

  • CC
    Dec 13, 2016

    In this final installation, we are reunited in a continuous timeline with William York, the Prince of Florence, and Raven Wood. With tension building, there are numerous factions vying to unseat the Prince causing William to protect his city and most importantly, Raven. In seeking support from his biggest and most powerful ally, William executes a decision that could have grave consequences or long-lasting benefits. But with human and vampyre forces at play, trusting anyone becomes perilous.

    In this final installation, we are reunited in a continuous timeline with William York, the Prince of Florence, and Raven Wood. With tension building, there are numerous factions vying to unseat the Prince causing William to protect his city and most importantly, Raven. In seeking support from his biggest and most powerful ally, William executes a decision that could have grave consequences or long-lasting benefits. But with human and vampyre forces at play, trusting anyone becomes perilous.

    Being the Prince for centuries taught William many lessons about the capricious ways of vampyres and guarding what he loves exposes his weakness to those closest to him. Of course, William has the means, power of an old one and the mental acuity to react as needed. With their love for each other, William and Raven vow to fight together rather than be separated. Raven’s unwavering strength and principled views parallel the depth of reverence William feels toward Raven leading to unconditional acceptance.

    Through the series, Raven stayed true to her beliefs despite having vulnerabilities that could have caused her to make different choices. William evolved tremendously due to his love for Raven and lessons learned in his formative years. Reading about their love and admiration for each other was heart warming. However, I would have liked to have read more about The Roman and his relationship with William, especially given the eponymous book title.

    From the first page, the action is nonstop due to a well-choreographed cast of characters and flowing prose. Combining Renaissance art, clandestine underground organizations and the paranormal makes for a unique plot that leads to steady character arcs and an unexpected culmination. For dedicated fans of the Florentine series, you will not be disappointed in the journey and the finale.

    Florentine Series:

  • Shayna
    Nov 24, 2016

    An intense and gripping paranormal romance that was impossible to put down! Reynard seduces, enchants, and thrills with this OUTSTANDING conclusion to the Florentine Series. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

    I'll be honest with you and say that I've stopped searching for paranormal romance books. They just haven't been striking a cord with me at all, so I've set the genre aside. But when there is a series written by Sylvain Reynard, it doesn't matter what genre it is...YOU READ IT! The Flore

    An intense and gripping paranormal romance that was impossible to put down! Reynard seduces, enchants, and thrills with this OUTSTANDING conclusion to the Florentine Series. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

    I'll be honest with you and say that I've stopped searching for paranormal romance books. They just haven't been striking a cord with me at all, so I've set the genre aside. But when there is a series written by Sylvain Reynard, it doesn't matter what genre it is...YOU READ IT! The Florentine Series is the only PNR series that have caught and held my attention in a while. I fell in love at the very beginning with THE PRINCE, and I've been a goner ever since. That being said, this amazing series MUST be read in order.

    THE ROMAN is the final installment of the series and my stomach was in knots because I didn't want it to end. Raven and William have become characters that are so close to my heart. Just like Julia and Gabriel (who make appearances), their love is transcendent. This paranormal romantic suspense had me on the edge of my seat begging for a happily ever after. And boy does Reynard deliver it!

    This enticing underground world that Sylvain Reynard has created is magical, sensual, and dangerous. It will make your heart pound and your chest ache. It's fiction that reads like non-fiction and history. It's vampyres, hunters, ferals, and old ones. Everything about this series and this final installment will have gasping and aching for so much more.

    If you are looking for a series that will transport you...amaze you...and devour you, look no further. If you are looking for a series to get you back into the genre of PNR, look no further. Spectacular writing, imaginative storytelling, and characters to die for, THE ROMAN and the entire FLORENTINE Series is a MUST READ! Take a journey into the dark and seductive and let Sylvain Reynard be your guide. You will want for nothing.

  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    Dec 13, 2016

    For me, it was disappointing. It wasn't a bad book. But some of the sex scenes were repetitive and clumsy in writing. And minor spoilers ahead to explain the rest.

    The dagger left in the hand was too obvious a mistake. I felt like shouting at the book like really, you're not going to retrieve that before...

    Then the defeatist attitude about the Curera (listened so not sure of spelling). He single handedly defeated the hunters. But he's fearful of the Curera when he's immune to relics? Personally a

    For me, it was disappointing. It wasn't a bad book. But some of the sex scenes were repetitive and clumsy in writing. And minor spoilers ahead to explain the rest.

    The dagger left in the hand was too obvious a mistake. I felt like shouting at the book like really, you're not going to retrieve that before...

    Then the defeatist attitude about the Curera (listened so not sure of spelling). He single handedly defeated the hunters. But he's fearful of the Curera when he's immune to relics? Personally after all the build up, I felt slighted we didn't get to see how dangerous the Curera was.

    I wanted more if this is the end about how the other major parties went on after William.

    The book was named the Roman though he played a small role in the book.

    Neither fought in the end and just gave in. It seemed at odds with their characters. Raven wanted to do this and that and not be "a prisoner" and complained about it throughout the book, but didn't put up a fight in the end.

    But the biggest, and this is personal, is the end. Although I can see how this ending played out, I read PNR for the supernatural. So the fact the ending lacked a lot of that bugged me. I felt like William and Raven fell in love despite who they were. For one to change seemed too easy of an ending. I wanted William to defeat his foes, even the Roman and make change for all. And hell, with the ending we got, where we're the babes.

    Anyway, I didn't hate it. But it wasn't at all what I hoped. I will read this author again.

  • Candace
    Dec 20, 2016

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    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 he/she works the history and art into each of his/her stories. I truly feel like I've learned something each time I finish one of his/her books.

    Aside from this author's impressive intellect, I have been taken aback by how much I have enjoyed 'T

    Please check out more of my reviews at

    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 he/she works the history and art into each of his/her stories. I truly feel like I've learned something each time I finish one of his/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, he/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.

  • Jennifer
    Nov 17, 2016

    My full review will post soon, but I will say this was my favorite installment of The Florentine Series overall. Although I'm looking forward to what's next on the publishing horizon for SR, this is a bittersweet moment. I have enjoyed William and Raven's love story so much and it will be difficult to let these characters go.

  • Bj
    Nov 27, 2016

    4.5 "Despair & Hope" Stars!

    The Roman is a fitting, and yet in some respects surprising (it will definitely keep you on your toes!), conclusion to The Florentine Series. Combining art, religion, political struggles, an interesting vampire royalty world, and--of course--an epic love story, The Florentine Series has something for everyone, and The Roman ties all these story lines together providing the reader with satisfying closure on all fronts.

    Please note this series must be read in order, s

    4.5 "Despair & Hope" Stars!

    The Roman is a fitting, and yet in some respects surprising (it will definitely keep you on your toes!), conclusion to The Florentine Series. Combining art, religion, political struggles, an interesting vampire royalty world, and--of course--an epic love story, The Florentine Series has something for everyone, and The Roman ties all these story lines together providing the reader with satisfying closure on all fronts.

    Please note this series must be read in order, so if you have not yet started it, please see my review for the Raven (the first book in this series) as the below review contains spoilers for the prior books. Additionally while this series is a spin-off of the Gabriel's Inferno Series, that series doesn't have to be read first to enjoy this one--though please note that the main characters from the first series do play a minor role in this one.

    The Roman begins where the prior book leaves off. Raven and her sister have fled Florence believing William is dead. As they struggle to survive in route to be delivered to the Curia (a political/religious organization based out of Rome committed to eradicating the world of all supernatural beings), the sisters make an ally along the way with whose help they manage to survive.

    Meanwhile, William, the vampyre Prince of Florence, can think of only one way to survive the political odds that are against him, including the full wrath of The Curia. He must secure an alliance with, and therefore the protection of, the most powerful vampyre to inhabit their world--one of the few vampyre's that is older than he--the Roman (the vampyre king of Italy). However, as is always the case in a good suspenseful series like this one, you can't take things at face value, as things are not always as they first appear.

    Will William be able to secure the political alliance with the Roman in time to save his throne and city, as well as, his pet, who has become so much more than he ever believed possible? Moreover, can an immortal ever have HEA with a human?

    The struggle between opposites, such as good and evil, is ever strong in this conclusion. But remember to think outside of the box as the answers are not always black and white. As fates are determined further revelations about this mesmerizing world will continue to intrigue and entertain the reader. Moreover, the love that William and Raven feel for one another and the lengths that they will go to to protect the other is sure to tug at your heartstrings.

    Now I must go back and experience the series that started it all: Gabriel's Inferno. I can't wait!

    Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.

  • Desirae (Dee)
    Dec 09, 2016

    Oh sweet baby jesus I don't want this to be the last book in this series. I have loved this series from the very first book, very first word, very first chapter and do not want this to be the end.

    I know that Sylvain loves to kill us with suspense and this surely went right along with that norm. I feel like there was so much going on. Betrayal, love, family, surprises, angst, revenge. SO MUCH! I know that Sylvain knows how to write a book that sweeps us up and knocks us on our butts, and this on

    Oh sweet baby jesus I don't want this to be the last book in this series. I have loved this series from the very first book, very first word, very first chapter and do not want this to be the end.

    I know that Sylvain loves to kill us with suspense and this surely went right along with that norm. I feel like there was so much going on. Betrayal, love, family, surprises, angst, revenge. SO MUCH! I know that Sylvain knows how to write a book that sweeps us up and knocks us on our butts, and this one was just the same as previous books in the series! We have the Prince, Raven, The Roman, Gabriel, the vampyres, the Curia.. just SO MUCH! From all angles. I felt like it was a freight train that didn't stop until that last word on the last page! Sylvain wanted to keep us on the edges of our seats and did just that!

    I think what I love the most about this series, not only is the book is a romance, and paranormal-ish, but its the connection between the characters, the pull, the attraction, the desire, the love, the devotion. Sylvain has such a way of capturing it and relaying it in words that it is nothing short of captivating. You want everything to work out for these two. You fall in love even more with them as individuals, and as a couple, with this book, than you have previously. The way that Sylvain has written these two characters, this may be one of the best love stories, and series, I think I've ever read.

    Now, let's get back to that action and angst. I think that there were a few times in this book that I was on the edge of my seat dying to know what was coming next. I felt like I was sitting on my bed, yelling and screaming, and fist pumping, and chewing my cuticles, and I just could not stop moving around. I couldn't sit still. I was one nervous nelly as things all played out.

    GAH! I don't want this to end. I don't want this series to end. This relationship. This love. I want more more more more.

    *arc provided by the author for an open and unbiased review *