Prince of Shadows
Price: £6.99 – £7.99
E-book, E-Book (USA), Paperback
|Rights||UK & Comm ex Can, ANZ|
|Publication Date||24th February 2014|
In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honour 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…
What The Critics Said
‘It’s so detailed, so intricate . . . it’s a nod to Shakespeare, a thank you and a tribute . . . An incredible, beautiful and deeply moving story, Prince of Shadows is such a fantastic retelling!’
'It's so detailed, so intricate, yet still in the vein of Shakespeare - passionate, emotional, and beautiful. Prince of Shadows is not a bastardisation of Romeo and Juliet, it's a nod to Shakespeare, a thank you, and a tribute. It's intriguing, and such a page turner!'
'I absolutely love Shakespeare retellings and Romeo and Juliet is perhaps my favourite of his plays so when I saw this, from an author I like, I was thrilled. Caine has created a superb narrator in Benvolio, some excellent supporting characters - particularly Rosaline and Mercutio - and really brings Verona sharply to life in this book.
I think it's one which is actually stronger the further away from the original play it gets ... I found the scenes which were actually in the original to be fairly interesting but those which took place 'off-stage', as it were, far more so.
There are so many other compelling characters to read about, with Tybalt, Benvolio's domineering grandmother, and his young and manipulative sister all well-drawn villains - that this is one which all Shakespeare fans should definitely consider.