Prospero Lost (Prospero's Daughter #1)
More than four hundred years after the events of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the sorcerer Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and his other children have attained everlasting life. Miranda is the head of her family’s business, Prospero Inc., which secretly has used its magic for good around the world. One day, Miranda receives a warning from her father: "Beware of the Three Sha...more
Shakespeare didn’t give us the whole story of Prospero, Miranda, Ferdinand, Ariel, et al. If you want to find out what really happened to the characters from The Tempest, pick up L. Jagi Lamplighter’s Prospero Lost. It turns out that Miranda and Ferdinand didn’t get married, Ariel wasn’t freed, and Prospero didn’t get rid of his staff and books. Instead, Miranda found The Well at the World's End and brought back the life-preserving water for her father and...more
Okay so all that aside, it's a pretty fun little world the writer invented where magic is real and so is mythology and so even is christian monotheism. Mix all that with at least some nod to Shakespeare and you have an interesting setting.
The story (as it sta...more
The setup is pretty complex, but it boils down to this: The characters in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” were real, and were indeed in command of some serious magic. On top of that, the mythic world of gods and demons and spirit powers is also real (though the dif...more
Just superb - whimsical and with all creatures from myths, legends and fairy-tales or at least it seems so..
Great narrator in Miranda the 500 year old daug...more
However, there is a serious flaw with this book: it has no ending a...more
Miranda is the daughter of the great Prospero, whom Shakespear wrote about so long ago. Though a young lady, Miranda herself is several centuries old and has lately found herself running the family business...more
More than four hundred years after the events of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the sorcerer Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and his other children have attained everlasting life. Miranda is the head of her family’s business, Prospero Inc., which secretly has used its magic for good around the world. One day, Miranda receives a warning from her father: "Beware of the Three Shadowed Ones." When Miranda goes to her father for an explanation...more
This is too bad, since I am a scholar of Shakespeare’s afterlives but I’d...more
Okay. So I'll break it down this way:
Things I liked:
1) The way the story pulled you along--it was quite enticing and actiony and full of mystery, really entertaining. When I thi...more
I think Lamplighter may have tried to do too much in a single novel, however. We learn more about Mir...more
But what if that wasn't really what happened?
You see, Shakespeare gave the tale a happy ending, but a much less interesting one. In truth, Ferdinand disappeared the night before the wedding, and Miranda has spent the last few hundred years alone, running the company Prospero inc. for her beloved father, who never really gave up magic at all. Over those hundreds of years, he had se...more
L Jagi Lamplighter spent 15 years writing, re-writing and revising her Prospero's Daughter Trilogy before this first volume was published in 2009. Other compelling data include her history as a roleplaying gamer and the novel's roots in a game she was involved with in the early 1990s. All of this can be perused on her website. It also explains the slightly dated feeling of the novel.
During those 15 years I was reading and completely enjoying a type of novel that has elements of fantasy or non-re...more
But her family only lives as long...more
It was incomplete. It was juvenile. It was tiresome.
500 years after Shakespear's recorded history, Prospero still lives. He has had more wives and children, but Miranda is still the one closest to him. When he disappears leaving a rahter cryptic note tha Miranda should warn her siblings, she sets about trying to find them.
In this installment, she has found three and has a clue where her father is, but there are more questions left unanswered th...more
Miranda sets out to...more
Going into this I didn't know what to expect mostly because I never read The Tempest and know only bits and pieces about it. This story follows Miranda, the daughter of the dread Prospero as she tries to uncover what happened to her missing father. Along the way she tries to warn her siblings of the danger to their family and we are faced with the wonders of the supernatural side of reality.
I found it hard to really get into this novel. I don't th...more
I find myself wanting to describe it as a "happy mish-mash" of all sorts of mythologies and literature. And it all worked.
There are deeper themes going on here that I don't think have been fully revealed and there may well be unhappiness coming, but this book felt, well the only word I can come up with is "fun", which doesn't feel like the right one.
I don't mean it was light, like a brain-candy kind of read. There's a lot in here and I'm sure ther...more
The story told in the play was mostly true, Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, were betrayed and exiled to an island where Prospero used his knowledge of magic (taken from books he found)to free the Aerie sprite, Ariel, and bind Ariel and others to his service....more
L. Jagi Lamplighter is a writer of fantasy and children's stories. When not writing, she reverts to her secret ID where she lives in fairytale happiness with her husband, writer John C. Wright, and their four delightful children Orville, Ping-Ping, the Cherubim, and Justinian the Elf King.
For more information, see:
Prospero Lost: A Writer's Odyssey -- an essay about how Prospero Lost came to be,