Author: Jenny Trout
Release Date: 2/4/2014
Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father’s death.
In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…
Brilliant, beautiful & deadly!
Never have I read a book that has taken on such iconic characters and twisted their stories to intertwine the way this author did.
We all know Romeo & Juliet are thee greatest couple to ever grace the pages of a novel, then add in Hamlet & you've created either something truly epic, or a train wreck.....
Well thank the gods this was epic!
As the story starts off Juliet has died and Romeo wants nothing more but to find a way to be with her again. He's basically trying to find a necromancer/witch that is willing to do the job....and this leads him straight to the moody, slightly insensitive Hamlet. I understand he's going through some major crap of his own, but damn.....You know he slightly reminds me of Ash in the Iron Fey Series. Keeps his emotions close, doesn't care what people think, but has the secret agenda that is always in the fore-front of his mind. He's also good at pretending he doesn't care....(makes me wanna just give him a big-ole-hug) I will say that it is always good to see a character like Hamlet's to evolve, in a sense, throughout the book.
Makes me feel like there is hope for them ;-)
Oh, we can't forget about Juliet. Beautiful, immersed in love, and loyal beyond belief. Though she is dead, her feelings for Romeo completely made me forget she was. Her willingness to sacrifice everything to ensure that Romeo makes it out of this world of the dead alive was relentless....ironic when you truly think about it. But their journey made me cry, it's that kind of love that breaks your heart even when it has hit it's happiest point.
Overall I was simply blown away with how well this entire story came together. When first reading about it I thought the time era would bore me, or maybe the style of writing would be to slow....I am just tickled pink that I was proven wrong!
So now go, buy this book....go on now, you know you want to!