Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Juliet
NAL / February 4, 2014 / $17.99 print, $10.99 digital
In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.
Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…
…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.
Everyone knows the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet, but Rachel Caine's Prince of Shadows offers the story from another perspective, that of Benvolio Montague. Don’t forget everything you know about Romeo and Juliet, as Caine doesn’t stray far from the tale (she does a bit) but we get it freshly from a new perspective and we find out a few new things that will break your heart and help you understand that Romeo and Juliet weren’t the only casualties in this tale.
“Blood had been spilled, and all Christians knew that blood washed away sin.”