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Prospero in Hell: Prospero's Daughter, Book II Hardcover – August 17, 2010

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Book 2 of 3 in the Prospero's Daughter Series

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Starred Review. In this epic sequel to 2009's Prospero Lost, Lamplighter continues the Amberesque adventures of an ancient family caught up in matters of mythic significance. The immortal sorcerer Prospero is missing, sucked into Hell after one of his plans went awry. His far-flung, quarrelsome children have come together for the first time in years to face down the ever-present threat of the Three Shadowed Ones, who hunt them for the legendary magical artifacts they possess. As Miranda, Prospero's ever-dutiful eldest child, struggles to keep her siblings in line, she's repeatedly thrown off guard by a series of unsettling revelations. The only false note is a pivotal scene where a monster rapes a woman to steal her power. The story is convoluted and occasionally overwrought, but the rich imagery, fast pace, and masterful use of mythology make this a real page-turner.
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Praise for Prospero Lost:

“Featuring glimpses into a rich and wondrous world of the unseen, this is no ordinary urban fantasy, but a treasure trove of nifty ideas and intriguing revelations.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Lamplighter plays fast and loose with Shakespeare in this modern day fantasy filled with homages to both the Bard and John Milton.” —Library Journal, starred review

“This edgy postmodern Secret History straddles urban fantasy and slipstream while effortlessly ringing the changes on classic SF tropes. Lamplighter is a writer to watch.” —James Mallory, bestselling coauthor of The Phoenix trilogy

“A truly original take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Should appealto fans of Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber series.” —Kage Baker, author of In the Garden of Iden


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Product Details

  • Series: Prospero's Daughter (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765319306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319302
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, as well as the Prospero's Daughter Trilogy (Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained).She has also written a number of short stories, articles on anime, and is an author/assistant editor in the BaddAss Faeries series.

She is a graduate of the St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. When not writing, she switches to her secret identity as a stay-home mom in Centreville, VA, where she lives in fairytale happiness with her husband, author John C. Wright, and their four darling children, Orville, Ping-Ping, Roland Wilbur, and Justinian Oberon.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jvstin VINE VOICE on October 2, 2010
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In the first book in the series, Prospero Lost, L. Jagi Lamplighter introduces us to a cross between epic and urban fantasy, where the daughter of Shakespeare's Prospero, is the CEO of a corporation devoted to managing the many malicious arcane (demonic, and otherwise) threats to humanity. Discovering that her father has disappeared, Miranda sets on a quest to find, question and obtain the assistance of her estranged siblings.

This second novel continues the growth of Miranda, as a leader, and as a person, as she takes the lead in trying to get her siblings together, organized, and pointed in one direction--the rescue of their trapped father.

Middle novels in a trilogy are usually good for marking time. The first novel sets the stakes, the last novel finishes up the situation and resolves everything. The middle novel often serves to tread water, or to reverse much of the protagonists good work.

Prospero in Hell manages to get real character development, growth, and unfurling of the plot in the midst of a middle volume, a pretty good feat for the second novel for a writer. In point of fact, Lamplighter's writing is strong enough that when a very dark event (foreshadowed, even) happens to Miranda, I felt a visceral reaction.

The stakes and situation evolve and change, and I think I now better understand what the author is trying to do here. Two novels in,I think that my characterization of this as Urban Fantasy is not quite accurate. Instead, Lamplighter appears to be mining a different vein: Christian Fantasy. The discussion of salvation, the appearance of an angel, and more clearly make it clear that Lamplighter is invoking the heritage of C.S. Lewis as much as Roger Zelazny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. on October 17, 2010
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This book series is delightful to read. There is a myriad of interesting creatures and beings; I sometimes think the author is determined to include every mythological creature or deity that anyone has ever believed in. A sense of wonder and an appreciation for beauty pervades the book. But I think what I like the best about the book is the characters. They have depth to them, which makes them and the plot around them more real because of it. There's also a good bit of variety in the characters.

One thing I liked about this second book specifically was that the author did not spend a ton of time recapping the first book, the way so many books do, but kept it brief. (If you haven't read the first book, though, it might make it harder to pick things up.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Lee Bates on January 16, 2011
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Pinch me! I am in literary heaven! "Prospero in Hell" was well worth waiting for and L. Jagi Lamplighter's writing can only be described as a "perfect pleasure".
I do owe the author an apology! I am now reading "Prospero in Hell" and a few chapters in it dawned on me that she indeed has the noble Donkey included in her works of genius! For just so, "Our Lady", a Unicorn is by lore a Donkey! The swift footed and beautiful Central Asian Onegar, is the fabled Unicorn. And although and sadly, now endangered this lovely creature still exists! So thank her for her books and hard work and research she must have put in to these novels. I am in love with a book again! Thanks to you, L. Jagi Lamplighter.

Jenny L. Bates, author, "Opening Doors: An equilog of poetry about Donkeys"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Fuentes on July 13, 2011
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I rarely buy books in hardback, but this series is worth it! The characterization is well done, the sibling rivalry incredibly extrapolated over centuries, which creates an added crucible for the main character as she ventures into Hell itself. I enjoyed this and its prequel more than anything I've read in the past year. Since Miranda is the narrator, her discovery of events and information leaves the reader guessing along with her--how reliable a narrator is she?
I highly recommend this anyone who enjoys fantasy, Shakespeare, mythology,or all of the above.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2010
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The story continue...We meet the rest of the brothers, each one bringing more mysteries and answers. It is very enjoyable see them together.
I think the beginning of the book was a little slow but it took its lovely and interesting pace soon enough and finished in its best, just to make us wait for the next one. Not fair!
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By Silver loach on August 25, 2013
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This book picks up directly where the first left off - but with a lot of action! Miranda, her bound spirit servant Mab, and her not-so-slightly insane brother Mephistopheles have to leave the North Pole, but it's not going to be easy going after their private jet was destroyed by demons - now there's a snow-and-ice-flinging supernatural bird out to shoot down their Pegasus!

Mystery deepens at Mephisto's house - is their brother really a demon? What do his cryptic reminders to himself, scattered about his mansion, really mean? Miranda is eager to examine her Christmas present from a handsome elf lord, a hand-written copy of the most sacred writing of her order, that may tell her the answer to why she's spent centuries unable to rise from Handmaiden to the highest rank of Sibyl - a promotion that would be of immense help to her, as Sibyls can create the immortality-granting Water of Life, whereas Handmaidens have to trek to The End of The World to get it. (And as the CEO of Prospero, Inc., which includes not just normal contracts with mortals, but Priority Contracts that keep supernatural entities from causing immense natural disasters, taking a year and a day off to travel to World's End is quite difficult! Not to mention dangerous to the rest of humanity, as the last time something went wrong with a Priority Contract, Mount St Helens erupted.) Of course, it's not going to be easy - besides the crazy part-time demon brother, there's the brother who forswore magic and immortality and is now an ailing elderly man, the jealous sorceress sister with a tendency to turn people into animals, the blind brother, and the sadistically cruel brother. (Don't worry, there's even more family dysfunction - after all, they've had centuries of practice - but saying more would be giving too much away!
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