PRINCE OF SHADOWS
This novel tells so much more than just the story of Romeo and Juliet, bringing in thieves, Mercutio’s forbidden love, a curse and Benvolio’s own passions. It remains true to the play, with enough textual references to make any Shakespeare lover happy. But, truly, any reader would be drawn in by this unique twist on an age-old story that keeps the pages turning until the very last.
As part of House Montague, Benvolio is used to watching after his cousin Romeo, but when Romeo’s romantic interests turn to House Capulet, Benvolio struggles to contain the damage. Then Mercutio’s ill-fated love is discovered, and a curse is set to work on both the Montagues and the Capulets. Suddenly, Romeo’s passion is uncontainable, and lives are at stake. (NAL, Feb., 368 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780451414410, HC, 18 & Up)