Ah, family feuds. Perhaps the mightiest source of conflict since the dawn of time, to get a little dramatic about it, but who doesn’t like a bit of in-fighting heightened by the responsibility of defending your blood ties? I wrote a Romeo and Juliet inspired duology about a feud between two warring families because I’ve always been so interested in the matter of ideals and beliefs. At what point do you pick up a sword to right a wrong done to you by proximity of blood? Is someone more justified to act righteously if they’re doing it in the name of family?
These Violent Delights is in stores now and its conclusion Our Violent Ends will be out November 16th, but until then, before the Cais and the Montagovs end their feud (or will they?), here are five books that investigate what is and isn’t enough to stir a quarrel between families.