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.
Wow… Just… Wow.
Having previously read the first 11 novels in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, when I saw that she was going to be releasing a stand-alone novel, and a retelling of Romeo and Juliet at that, I knew that I was definitely going to buying this one when it came out. I did, and then let it sit on my shelf for a couple of years, as I normally do with all of my books.
When I finally did pick it up, reading it made me wish that I had picked it up sooner. Prince of Shadows is told from Benvolio Montague’s, cousin to Romeo Montague, point of view and boy does it breathe a breath of fresh air into the well-known story.
Seeing the lives of the Montagues and the Capulets through a different set of eyes provides you with more of an insight as to the lead up to, and the aftermath, of the events that take place in Romeo and Juliet.
I found Prince of Shadows to be heart-stopping in places, and I knew that I would not be able to put the book down until I had finished it. Caine just seems to have a way with words that pulls you in from the very first page. It is now one of my aims to read as much of her writing as I can.