I adored Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel series, so when I heard we would be getting more Gabriel and Julia, I was ecstatic!! SR’s new Florentine series is a paranormal spinoff of the Gabriel series, and Gabriel and Julia are featured heavily in its prequel. Filled with intrigue and mystery, The Prince is a prequel novella that seamlessly bridges the Gabriel series and Florentine series together.
There is a lot of story-building in The Prince. We’re shown this new, dark, underground world of the Florentine series that the narrator, the Prince, is in charge of. It’s a dangerous world filled with creatures that are very much not human. SR is a wonderful storyteller, and his descriptions of the setting are thorough and well-written.
All the while, the Emersons are living obliviously of this underground world. They are showcasing artwork that apparently was stolen from the Prince, and he wants what once belonged to him back. We follow the narration of the Prince, and we get to see the Emersons through his eyes. Gabriel and Julia are thoroughly in love, which disgusts the Prince, but he can’t help but feel a little jealous of their love. I loved seeing Gabriel and Julia again and I can’t wait to see more of them throughout the series.
I didn’t enjoy The Prince as much as the Gabriel series, but it is only a novella, and it holds a lot of potential. I have no doubts that SR will blow me away with The Raven and the rest of the Florentine series. I definitely recommend reading The Prince for fans of the Gabriel series!