Prospero in Hell (Prospero's Daughter #2)
The search of a daughter for her father is but the beginning of this robust fantasy adventure. For five hundred years since the events of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Miranda has run Prospero, Inc., protecting an unknowing world from disasters both natural and man- ...more
While I enjoyed Prospero Lost, the first volume of Lamplighter's Prospero's Daughter trilogy, this second volume took a leap forward in many ways. Miranda, who is the eldest of Prospero's offspring, was contacted by her father at the beginning of the first book, informing her that one of his spells had gone awry, that he was accidentally trapped in Hell, and that Miranda was to gather the family and warn them of impending doom.
By the end of Prospero Lost she had only found four of her eight sibl ...more
Thea: My first impression of Prospero in Hell began a few months ago, when the gorgeous cover was unveiled. I loved the cool, silvery Miranda on the cover of the first novel, and was just as enamored with this warm, sepia-toned cover for the second book. Even more delightful, however, was the discovery that Prospero‘s beautiful cover was the perfect complement to this incredible series. Miranda, her surly detective and her squabbling siblings are reuni ...more
OK, what's good? The good basic idea continues from book 1. The overall plot is quite good, and there are some moral issues. Some of the characters are not bad. Miranda is nowhere near believable as a 500-year-old; she thinks and acts like a late-teens person.
Summary: I think Lamplighter is better at ideas than ...more
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 no ...more
If you think you know dysfunctional families, just thank God your family won't last five centuries. The Prospero family dishes out more dirty laundry in this book, each more shocking than the last. We finally meet Erasmus, the brother Miranda hates. As despicable as Miranda portrayed him before his appearance, I feel as if there's s ...more
-Ariel, "noir" private eye/cynic
-Prospero, not present-disappeared and stolen away to Hell
-Miranda's brothers, sprites, magic creatures and demons.
Miranda finally gathers all her siblings together and through them learns of some unsettling and all-too-true aspects of her past including the truth about Ferdinand and Caliban. Parts of the story are clouded with mythical artifacts and the nuance of the Prospero Family's past is a bit confusing, but reflects the cloud of doubt t ...more
There will be another installment in L. Jagi Lamplighter’s series, the finale, and hopefully it will be more like the first volume, “Prospero Lost” than the latest one, “Prospero in Hell” (Tor, $25.99, 347 pages). The setup is that the characters in Shakespeare’s “Tempest” survive into the 21st century due to various forms of magic, and that they use magical means to control the malign forces of demons, and other supernatural nasties.
“Prospero Lost” balanced on the fine line between a willing su ...more
We get deeper insights into every single character, not just the Prosperos, and when it comes to saving the Dread Magician himself there is finally forward momentum! But, oh, the tragedies of being both immortal and merely human.
If anyone loves character development, this is the book for them. While "Prospero Lost" was an introduction to the world, "Prospero in Hell" makes it a richer, more wonderful, sinister place with a cohesion that only so ...more
I wasn't disappointed but for some reason it didn't quite give me the same thrill as the first.
Really, it probably deserved better than a 3 but I couldn't quite give it a four.
The storyline was still good. Lot's of stuff going on with enough complexity to keep it interesting.
The pace was good and the writing descriptive without being overly done.
Perhaps it was the characters. Maybe they didn't progress as much as I ...more
I liked the interaction between Miranda and her siblings and all of the secrets that get revealed in this book are quite interesting. It makes you think again about the first book and things that happened there. Can't wait for book 3...
But still I press forth in finishing this trilogy.
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 b