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Miranda and Caliban Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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“In this stand-alone, Carey evokes the same stunning worldbuilding and imagery of her "Kushiel's Legacy" and "Sundering" series, as she stirs new emotions from an old story and reveals another side to Shakespeare's epic play.”―Library Journal (starred review)
“Carey turns Shakespeare’s The Tempest on its head, in ways that are always supportable by the original text, with this brilliant deconstruction. The foreordained pattern of the play mixes beautifully with Carey’s intricate characterization and eye for sensory detail, building mercilessly to dazzling, and devastating, tragic effect.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An eye-opening departure from her previous fantasy yarns, Carey re imagines the back story of Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a tale of star-crossed lovers…[Carey] transforms the largely passive Shakespearean Miranda into a dutiful yet dignified and ultimately tragic figure…Intriguing and impressive while remaining inextricable from its dramatic context.”―Kirkus Reviews
“Infused with dark magic, broken trust, and lost innocence…Miranda and Caliban, both narrators with distinct voices, are given rich inner lives through Carey’s delicate, sensitive portrayal.”―Booklist
About the Author
Jacqueline Carey is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series, beginning with Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen and Kushiel's Avatar, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables "Santa Olivia" and "Saints Astray," and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Carey lives in west Michigan.
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Ariel is not the fun loving and gentle spirit that he is thought to be. He is mercurial, mean, and nasty. He only does Prospero's bidding because he owes Prospero a very large favor. All of the other dirty things he does is because he is just a evil and he likes making trouble for Caliban and Miranda.
Caliban is not as savage, wild, inhuman, unintelligent, and unfeeling as many may think. You find yourself cheering for Caliban, you want him to have something, anything good to happen for him.
Miranda, Miranda is the saddest, most heartbreaking and miserable character in this story. She is isolated for years by herself until her "Papa" Prospero calls forth Caliban from the other side of the isle She is physically, emotionally and mentally abused by her "Papa" which really sticks out in this retelling. Your heart breaks for her many times over.
Prospero has complete and ultimate control over Miranda, Caliban, Ariel and the other Elementals on the isle. He is abusive, manipulative, cruel, hateful and spiteful.
For all of you Shakespeare lovers out there who adore The Tempest, this book is for you. I truly enjoyed reading this retelling of one of my all time favorite plays.
I found myself sharing much of the emotions of Miranda and Caliban in this book. Caliban especially I was rooting for. In this book he is a tragic but kindly man who has been dealt a cruel hand at every moment. And in many ways meeting Miranda was just another one of those cruelties.
This book is not a happy one so if you are looking for a joyful read this one might not be for you. But if you are looking for something beautiful and tragic then I definitely would say check this one out.
The last page had me in tears.
Weird as it may sound, I hope for a sequel and some redemption.