We read this with jaws dangling in disbelief. The premise--Romeo’s cousin, Benvolio, is a revenge cat burglar--should be absurd. Instead, the book is exquisitely crafted, a balancing act between swashbuckling romp and nuanced, moving take on “Romeo & Juliet.” Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fantastic, romantic adventure--or to anyone who knows that “Romeo & Juliet” is full of dirty jokes. Pair with Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty for a double dose of gorgeous historical-fantasy romance with a sense of humor!
~Antonia & Fiona— From Prince of Shadows
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.
About the Author
Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and the Revivalist series.
Praise for Prince of Shadows:
“Smart, sexy, and addictive…the Prince of Shadows will steal your heart, then he’ll break it.”—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times Bestselling Coauthor of Beautiful Creatures
“Romance and intrigue abound; I loved it!”—Melissa Marr, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wicked Lovely Series
“Should a successful author of vampire novels attempt to write an alternative Shakespeare? Thankfully, this one did, as the results are delicious...simply superb.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Evocative and ambitious.”—Publishers Weekly
“Ms. Caine brings fair Verona to life…This is not your mother’s Romeo and Juliet!”—Examiner.com