Prince of Shadows

Prince of Shadows

A Novel of Romeo and Juliet

Book - 2014
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A thrilling retelling of the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series.

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.
Publisher: New York : NAL, New American Library, 2014
ISBN: 9780451414410
Branch Call Number: YA CAI
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,22 cm


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Aug 03, 2016

Wow, THIS is fantastic. I was getting sick and tired of the Morganville series, reading it just to get to the end and I had forgotten just how ingenious Rachel Caine is, and just how strong of a writer she can be. This, and Ink and Bone, has reminded me. It was a wonderful gift, and a really interesting reworking of the Romeo and Juliet story. There were gaps, and improvements that could be made, but who cares! It's great enough without them.

Sep 09, 2014

A very interesting concept. I was excited to read this story. Told from Benvolio's perspective (my favorite character in the original) it was neat to see how young and naive Romeo was. It moved very slow, though. I liked her version because Mercutio's curse makes more sense, and Rosaline isn't so flat a character.

lms Apr 10, 2014

Rich and satisfying, a complex retelling of the story with thankfully, a happier ending for some. Adult cross-over appeal.

m2 Feb 26, 2014

Wow! I have to confess I didn't expect much from the writer of the Morganville Vampires series, but this book exceeded all my expectations and then some. Beautifully drawing the complicated web of familial politics ensnaring the main characters growing up in Verona, Caine has written a romantic, witty, thrilling kind of book in which the famous play is made clear in relevant and current ways. The twist? It is told from Benvolio Montague's point of view. Highly recommended reading, especially if you are attending Muse of Fire's Romeo and Juliet in Evanston's Ingraham Park. And ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for getting your tween or teen ready to see that play!


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Aug 02, 2015

Benvolio Montague, cousin to our classic Romeo, has a secret. By night he is known as the Prince of Shadows, the best thief in Verona. But one night when he risks everything to steal from the house of Capulet, he meets Rosaline Capulet. And everything changes.

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