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Miranda and Caliban

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,747 ratings  ·  385 reviews
Miranda is a lonely child. For as long as she can remember, she and her father have lived in isolation in the abandoned Moorish palace. There are chickens and goats, and a terrible wailing spirit trapped in a pine tree, but the elusive wild boy who spies on her from the crumbling walls and leaves gifts on their doorstep is the isle’s only other human inhabitant. There are ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Tor Books
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Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, fantasy, retelling
"...there are stories written in the gathering of the stars..."

Wow. I honestly don't even know how to begin reviewing this book. Please bear with me while I try to find some way to do it justice.

I suppose I should begin at the beginning? This is a retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest, in which a magus named Prospero and his infant daughter Miranda are betrayed and set adrift on a boat that is far from seaworthy. Thanks to his magic, they make it to what, at first, appears to be an
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tempest fans, Shakespeare fans, retelling addicts and skeptics alike
Shelves: 2017-reads
"Thou art the shoals on which Caliban wilt dash his heart to pieces."

Though I'm always skeptical of retellings, I usually end up reading them. Perhaps some of Prospero's magic rubs off whenever The Tempest is invoked, as I loved Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed and now have had a great experience reading Miranda and Caliban. Covering Miranda and Caliban's childhood on the island, expanding the relationships between the two of them and Prospero, and bringing us right to the titular tempest, Jacqu
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: drunk sprites and horny bastards
2.5 "sigh , sigh again, rather lovely but too twee" stars !!!

I went into this book with high expectations. This was written by Jacqueline Carey, a writer of immense talent in the dark fantasy realm. I have read the first two in Phedre's trilogy and was blown away by the world building, the deep and intricate characterizations and the vivid landscapes of that world as well as the dark eroticism of many of the scenes. I rated those two books 4.5 stars and look forward to finishing that trilogy an
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC!

There's a lot going for this tale as long as you're a certain type of reader. You must love Shakespeare's Tempest, but even if you don't, you might still get a kick out of this retelling from the points of view of Miranda and Caliban switching back and forth from early childhood through the events of the play.

I would definitely recommend this for general fans of YA fiction, for one, because most of the novel if not the action revolves around childhood friends and
Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
I think I should have loved this and in all honesty I feel like a bit of pleb 2 starring it.

This is a re-invisioning of The Tempest and describes the doomed love story between Miranda, Prospero's daughter, and Caliban, the son of the witch Umm who inhabited the island prior to Miranda and her father's arrival.

“Should I not love you because your skin shines like polished wood in the sunlight?” Kneeling before him, I stroke his upper arms, feeling the corded muscles tense beneath my hands. “S
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

UPDATE: US/Can Giveaway for signed copy of Miranda and Caliban 2/13/17-2/23/17

Few things get me more excited than a new book from Jacqueline Carey, and on the list of my must-read authors, her name definitely sits way up near the top. I also owe so much of my love for fantasy to amazing and talented woman. Her novel Kushiel’s Dart was among the handful of gateway books that first s
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Puck by: Sam
Shelves: cover-love, adult, romance
“Thou art the shoals on which Caliban wilt dash his heart to pieces.”

And in return, this book was the shoals that dashed my own heart to pieces. Because! It's beautiful and sweet and wonderfully written, but oh boy, this book broke my heart in the cruelest way.

"Miranda and Caliban" tells the tale of the bittersweet love-story between Miranda and Caliban, two young children who live on a desolate island with only Miranda’s father, some animals, and a few magical spir
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is as gorgeously written as all of Jacqueline Carey's books - the voice is wonderful. A fantastic interpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, with unforgettable characters. Warning, it's really sad! ...more
Ellen Gail
Later I shall wonder if there was a moment when Eve first ate of the apple and gained forbidden knowledge that she reckoned it worth the price.
Mayhap not.

4.5 stars!

I really feared this wouldn't live up to my SKY HIGH expectations. I mean, even for me my expectations were ridiculously high. Higher than Snoop Dogg high.

Coming from Jacqueline Carey, author of one of my all time favorite series, Kushiel's Universe, I expected greatness. But there was a nagging annoying part in my brain. W
Althea Ann
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
It's been a Tempestuous season, with the release of Margaret Atwood's 'Hag-Seed' (, and then Carey's 'Miranda and Caliban.'
The authors' takes on Shakespeare's tale couldn't be more different, however. Where Atwood went for a humorous modern parallel, Carey's tale is earnest.

The main viewpoint is that of Prospero's young daughter, Miranda. Marooned on an island with her father, her life has been marked by isolation. She hasn't questioned her father's autho
Dec 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed
Wasn't expecting so many words piled upon themselves in such lenghty tirades which do nothing less than qualify much of the lenght of the text as nothing more than verborrea (pun intended)
RTC (if I don't forget :/) near the release date.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2017-release
This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print.

Jacqueline Carey’s MIRANDA AND CALIBAN is a beautifully written, heartbreaking story that is two parts prequel to and one part retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. While this book may not appeal to all readers, I was completely swept away and read it in one sitting. And have no fear: you don’t need to be a fan of the play to enjoy this!

Miranda is only six years old when her Papa first summons the wild boy to the ruined palace they cal
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Miranda and Caliban is based on Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, one of my favorite plays. It takes the figure of the former Duke and sorcerer Prospero, his daughter, Miranda, and the spirit Ariel as well as the "monster" Caliban and explores their time on the island, the years in which Miranda grew up and became (in this version) close friends with Caliban. Prospero captured Caliban to get from him a name Caliban's mother a witch used to imprison Ariel. He holds him by magic and cruelty.

This Pr
Marta Cox
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read some Shakespeare at school but not The Tempest so spotting this by an author whose reputation is phenomenal had me champing at the bit to see how it would all play out. As I knew little, ok nothing about the original story except someone named Prospero featured my eyes were fresh and my expectations high. Perhaps too high? I knew this book was from the point of view of the two lonely children and how they would become entwined and yet I wasn't sure just why others are divided on whether i ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful reinterpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest. It was a lovely tropical escape for a cold winter evening. If you enjoy Shakespeare, you will enjoy this.

This book explores the relationship between Miranda and Caliban. The story starts when they are children and Caliban is brought (captured really) to live with Prospero and Miranda. The story alternates between Caliban's and Miranda's point of view. The voices of the characters start as small children and mature with each char
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Tempest retelling is imaginative and unique, portraying the perspectives of Miranda and Caliban, and will make you rethink the play you may have read in school. It is a fabulous story for fans and those who have never read the play alike! Focusing on their perspective, the plot of The Tempest is slowly revealed in an expertly devised way. The world building is great, but the characters are what makes this story so unique.

Caliban’s character is by far my favorite, and the one that made me th
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
So so beautifully written like most of Carey's books. I'm trying to decide on a final rating, but I'm glad to see her get back to the lyrical fantasy I love her for.

Longer RTC.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received to review via Netgalley; release date 14th February 2017

I’ll probably give anything by Jacqueline Carey a chance. I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan, and I wasn’t really sure if I’d like something retelling The Tempest. But it’s Jacqueline Carey’s work, so I requested it anyway. And… I loved it quite a bit. I wasn’t sure about the narration: honestly, Miranda sounded rather like Phèdre in many ways, and far too mature considering the narration is present tense, even when she’s a small child
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: grown up and hard-skinned YA readers, retelling lovers
★★★✮☆ 3.5 stars

Miranda is a young girl who scarcely remembers living anywhere else but on a deserted island with her father – a strange man who claims to be Christian, and yet keeps household demons, enslaves spirits and sacrifices the occasional goat.

So, you know. Just the occasional dark magic.

Which brings me to the next bit. Apparently, there’s someone else on the island. He has been living there for quite a while.

They call him the wild boy, and he does not talk. He offers them a gift, and to
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
4 stars

"Thou art the shoals on which Caliban wilt dash his heart to pieces." 

I will admit, it's been a while since I read 'The Tempest', though I think you could probably never have read it and quite happily enjoy this book. 'Miranda and Caliban' is a retelling focusing on the younger years of the two protagonists, only entering the events of the play at the very end.

It was a beautifully crafted book, delicately written as Carey's work always is, meandering through lush prose and rich fantasy.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Previous to reading Miranda and Caliban- my only experience with Jacqueline Carey was reading Phèdre's Trilogy. Similar to that series- M&C is dark. There are aspects of abuse (mental and physical), racism/classism, and lots of religious overtones. What makes this book so different from Phedre is there is very little eroticism and because it's JC's take on Shakespeare's Tempest- it has a very Shakespearian tone in both it's language and feel. While Phedre's series took place over large expanses ...more
Roman Clodia
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a lyrical story that takes place in the interstices of The Tempest: primarily in the backstory before the play begins. Miranda is 6 when it opens, and so we see her relationship with Caliban developing from when they're both children to what it is in Shakespeare's play. The storm which opens the play is at about 80% of the book, and the two stories come together beautifully.

Carey manages things very well: there are a few missteps at the start with some mock-Shakespearean language ('mayha
Emma (howlsmovinglibrary)
Miranda is a lonely child. For as long as she can remember, she and her father have lived in isolation in the abandoned Moorish palace. The wild boy Caliban is a lonely child, too; an orphan left to fend for himself at an early age, all language lost to him. When Caliban is summoned and bound into captivity by Miranda’s father as part of a grand experiment, he rages against his confinement; and yet he hungers for kindness and love.

I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest r
Leah Bayer
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's almost Valentine's Day, the day of love! And what better way to celebrate that than by reading a Shakespearean tragedy? It's a perfect fit. Especially if you are a fan of The Tempest. It's my favorite Shakespeare play, and man is it a good time to be a fan of it. First Hag-Seed and now this? What a time to be alive.

This is kind of a prequel to The Tempest. The majority of it takes place before the events of the play, and we follow both Miranda and Caliban from their first meeting as childre
Jacqueline Carey’s books are hit or miss with me, and this one was definitely a miss. In some ways this reminded me of the things I hated about Kushiel's Dart except this wasn’t as bad. The plots were completely different, but both books had a drab tone and dull, lifeless characters. The pacing was agonizingly slow. It took forever for the story to advance, and the end was anti-climatic. Since I have not read The Tempest, I had no idea how this would end. Knowing this was a retelling of Shakespe ...more
This story was amazing, and a great example of taking a vague canon (Tempest) and expanding on it and fleshing it out. It is such good material to do a retelling with too. Having read The Tempest, it is Miranda and Caliban's stories that are most vague and perfect for backstories.

This story is about two young people seeing the goodness and kindness in each other, without the ingrained prejudices of society (like that in adult Prospero). Miranda and Caliban grow up together and fall in love, and
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miranda and Caliban is inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest and is largely a prequel, though the ending follows events in the play. The plot from the story is embellished more than changed, and it flips perspectives so Prospero is the villain. It's beautifully written, atmospheric, and one of the better books I've read this year, although I would have liked a little more original in-depth characterization.

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Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lush and lyrical, Miranda and Caliban retells the story of Shakespeare's The Tempest with a focus on the relationship between Prospero's daughter, Miranda, and the "wild boy", Caliban. Carey lends depth and backstory to Shakespeare's characters, while still remaining true to the way the Bard envisioned them. Full of magic and myth, sweetness and sensuality, Carey's return to Tor is also a return to the rich, layered fantasy that first captured readers in Kushiel's Dart. ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A more apt title might be Miranda and Caliban and the Magical Menses Described At Length: With Depictions of Wet Dreams for Equal Opportunity and Good Measure.

I did enjoy it, but that's mainly a measure of my appreciation for fantasy with low stakes. To the book's credit, it also did a good job (at least in the audio version) of distinguishing between the voices of Miranda and Caliban, and showing the evolution of Caliban's voice as he (re)learns language.

Being a philistine, I haven't actually r
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Jacqueline Carey (born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois) is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction.

She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a wo

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