Prince of Shadows. Rachel Caine. Young Adult/Retelling/Historical Fiction/Romance. Published on February 4, 2014 by NAL. 384 pages. [Source: Purchased on Amazon]
“Love well, if not wisely.”
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
I’ve been wanting to read this book for over a year now, but I found out that its copyright doesn’t extend to the Philippines, so I had to wait until i visited America to get my own copy. This is weird, but I’m 70% glad that I waited.
I kinda have mixed feelings about this book. You see, the author was writing about characters that weren’t her own. They were William Shakespeare’s, and I don’t really blame her for the characterization. I just got really annoyed with Romeo. I found him to be stupid and rash. I haven’t read Romeo and Juliet, which this book is based on, so I don’t know if he was also like this in the written play, but I guess the author had to write him that way to make his ultimate ending believable.
While I didn’t enjoy Romeo, I very much enjoyed our main characters, Benvolio and Rosaline. They were so mature and well written. I was routing for them the whole time! I wish we had a little bit more of their romance though. That was my favorite part.
Rachel Caine’s writing style in this book was a little weird for me. I think she wrote it that way to bring the setting to life, which worked. It just took a while to adjust to the way she wrote it. It felt as if you were there…. but not really. It’s really hard to explain, but you should know that it took me about a hundred pages to really get into the book. After those pages, everything was a breeze.
Overall, I thought that this book was enjoyable. It isn’t perfect, but if you’re looking for a historical fiction book, I’d say go for it. You might really like it!
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