All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
The second book review today is for my re-read for Prince of Shadows:
Title: Prince of Shadows
Author: Rachel Caine
Part of a trilogy: No, it’s a standalone
Original publication date: 4th February 2014
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read December 2017- Re-read)
I'm still giving this 5 stars. Now Romeo and Juliet is probably my favourite Shakespeare play- or one of them- and has a special place with me for being the one where I actually could understand what was going on for myself, when school never cared about actually helping us understand some of the others we studied.
Minor spoilers to follow.
Prince of Shadows is a great re-telling. Here, Benvolio Montague, Romeo's cousin, is Verona's most known thief, yet he hides his identity so well that only his cousin and Mercutio, know and support him. He is of course, most fond of stealing from House Capulet- and there one night, he finds Rosaline. (Yes, the same Rosaline whom Romeo is 'in love' with at the start of the original play) I love that we get to actually see a fully realised version of her, and that she is actually elevated to main character status in this book. Benvolio's family is also extended further, since he's a main character.
After this first meeting, the book follows the events of the play, though spreads them out over the cause of a good few weeks, rather than a few days. Another aspect is that most of the love in the book is the work of a curse- including Romeo and Juliet's. I won't say who or what or why, but the reasons behind it are also a tragedy. There is still the violence as well and the feud is very clear for all involved. The language of Shakespeare's time is still there in most ways where the text of the play is concerned, but some of it has been amended slightly to convey the meaning for modern audiences, though the setting of Verona is still how it would have been at the time.
Overall, I loved reading this the second time around as much as the first- and snuck in another viewing of the 1996 R&J film as well, because why not? :D
But Prince of Shadows is a really good re-telling of the other characters and how events affected them when they were left behind to carry on living and honour their dead from the feud. It's a definite recommendation for fans of Shakespeare and the original play, and really, even if not.
Happy reading and all the best. :)
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