Miranda and Caliban

Miranda and Caliban

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"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. Miranda and Caliban is bestselling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey's gorgeous retelling of The Tempest. With hypnotic prose and a wild imagination, Carey explores the themes of twisted love and unchecked power that lie at the heart of Shakespeare's masterpiece, while serving up a fresh take on the play's iconic characters."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Tom Doherty Associates,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765386793
0765386798
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 25 cm

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Lizphibian
Apr 03, 2017

First of all, I’d like to say that I’m a HUGE fan of Jacqueline Carey’s Terre de Ange series, so I was really excited when I saw Miranda and Caliban on NetGalley. Shakespeare? Plus Carey’s incredible, lyrical writing? I was completely sold.

Miranda and Caliban may not be a fast-paced read, but I admit that I had difficulty putting it down. As ever, Carey’s writing style just sucked me into the beautiful world of Miranda’s sea-swept desert island. The mood in this book is just incredible- the slowly building tension between controlling father Prospero and the wild boy Caliban made me imagine a dark summer storm, ominously rumbling on the horizon.

The three main characters are all engrossingly drawn, giving them far more depth than what you see in the Tempest. Though I knew that Miranda’s story was going to be a tragic one, I have to admit that I was rooting for Caliban from the very beginning. By the end, I was really hoping that this story would diverge from the play, but my hopes were dashed.

I’m not sure it’s fair to be disappointed when I knew what I was getting from the beginning, but I can’t help but feel that the ending let me down. Tragic end to the romance aside, the incredible tension building throughout the book led me to imagine a final sequence that was far more dramatic than what we actually got. I suspect that it’s a symptom of a retelling- while cleaving to Shakespeare’s original story, the author wasn’t entirely free to finish things the way she’d begun.

Still, they say the journey is worthier than the destination. I’d be very happy to recommend Miranda and Caliban to all fans of Shakespeare, maybe even especially the purists. And anyone who is looking for stunning imagery and heartbreaking characters could find a new favorite here.

Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy!

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