Reading Level: Young Adult
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: eGalley from NetGalley.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
“A lovely girl grows up in isolation where her father, a powerful magus, has spirited them to in order to keep them safe.
We all know the tale of Prospero’s quest for revenge, but what of Miranda? Or Caliban, the so-called savage Prospero chained to his will?
In this incredible retelling of the fantastical tale, Jacqueline Carey shows readers the other side of the coin―the dutiful and tenderhearted Miranda, who loves her father but is terribly lonely. And Caliban, the strange and feral boy Prospero has bewitched to serve him. The two find solace and companionship in each other as Prospero weaves his magic and dreams of revenge.
Always under Prospero’s jealous eye, Miranda and Caliban battle the dark, unknowable forces that bind them to the island even as the pangs of adolescence create a new awareness of each other and their doomed relationship.”
I got this book through NetGalley to review. I am a huge fan of Carey’s Kushiel’s books and also enjoyed her Agent of Hel series. This ended up being a well done retelling of The Tempest. This is a beautiful story that is constantly overshadowed with a feeling of doom. It was well written, easy to read, and I enjoyed it.
Miranda is raised on an island alone with her father Prospero. Her only occasional company is the wild boy that also lives on the island. Her father initially makes it his goal to civilize Caliban but doesn’t take into account how close Miranda and Caliban will become with each other as sole companions.
It’s a beautifully written book with a dark undertone to it. Prospero is very mentally abusive and manipulative of both Miranda and Caliban. As a reader you sense this heavy cloud of doom looming over the entire story…you just know that Prospero has a larger game he is playing and it isn’t going to be good for Miranda or Caliban.
I read the Tempest a long long time ago so I am having trouble drawing comparisons between the two. Despite that I enjoyed this beautifully written and melancholy story. I found it strangely compelling and had trouble putting the book down.
Overall I enjoyed this and would recommend. The book is beautifully written and strangely engaging. It’s not a story that will lift your spirits but it is well done.