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Miranda in Milan

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  130 reviews
"A haunting story that reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest."

After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda was meant to enter a brave new world. Naples awaited her, and Ferdinand, and a throne. Instead she finds herself in Milan, in her father’s castle, surrounded by hostile servants who treat her like a g
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
A sapphic retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest? Excuse me while I free my schedule for five hours of uninterrupted crying reading.
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“Dorothea was sand and sea, Miranda thought dizzily. She was wind and water and heat all at once, a tempest of her own making.”

💉 This book did exactly deliver what it promised, a sapphic retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest! I am not fan of classics and I did not read the tempest but I looked up a couple of summaries online to see what it was online and this stayed close to the original story with the addition of q
Hiu Gregg
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
A slightly strange, slightly unsettling, but very sweet story. I was a huge fan of the romance, and the writing flows together so well. Read it all in two sittings, and it would have been one if life didn't get in the way.
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This took me away to another time and place. One of my very favorites too- Milano, Italia. But in a classical and other era/ human cognition that reminded me strongly of Madeline Miller's works within the Greek gods' classics retells. Nobility parental dictates and some of the "kindness" habits being so similar.

Couldn't put it down. It was the perfect length and pace for my grasping the Miranda reality and "eyes" for her own situation and the inheritances from her parents.

The writing was excel
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This glided along the surface of this classic story, but it just seemed lacklustre and as though the author was just colouring inside the lines without enveloping the reader in anything worth connecting to.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Miranda in Milan isn’t so much a retelling than a sequel, reimagining of the events after The Tempest by William Shakespeare, picking up the tale at the play’s end where everyone including the magician Prospero and his daughter Miranda are getting ready to head back to Naples. But instead, they end up in Milan. Miranda and Ferdinand are to be married in celebration of their triumphant return, and Prospero himself is to reclaim his dukedom. Rather than t
Sep 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: novella, yff
This is f/f set in Italy (and in a place in Italy that isn't Venice!)
It could either be great o go really wrong, I hope it's the former
Miranda in Milan started out peculiarly in my point of view, but once I get the gripping of the pacing and its standing itself in the novel; it was amazing! It is an #OwnVoices for sapphic romance read. I love to seeing development such as this; stories that are represented not only in heteronormative point of view but as a retelling that reaches the diverse community, both gender, race, and religion. It features a queer, black, Muslim, Dorothea.

I adore the romance happening. It was
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

I received an ARC from Tor in exchange for an honest review!


CW: parental death and emotional abuse/neglect

While I love Shakespeare, The Tempest is a play that I’ve enjoyed but never able to get into. I think it was because I wasn’t into the plot (although the writing is gorgeous) and I never liked Prospero. I thought he was, to put it bluntly, a bit of a dick. He wasn’t a likable character. I could never sympathize or empathize/>
wanderer (Para)
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to wanderer (Para) by: Jenia
This was super adorable. RTC.
Diana Green
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f-fiction
Although this story started rather slow for me, it picked up in pacing and interest level near the midway point. Once things started moving along and developing more layers, I began enjoying my reading experience more.

I was especially intrigued by Beatrice's back story and felt the creepiness of what happened to her was effectively portrayed. I also liked how Antonio and Agata were more complex than they first seemed. Miranda and Dorothea's relationship developed nicely, (if a little too quickl
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel (novella?) was sent to me to review by the publisher,, at no cost. It will be out on 26 March, 2019. 

Aside from King Lear, which I loathe, I probably dislike The Tempest more than any other Shakespeare play. I don't know why; there's nothing particular I can pinpoint. But I really, really dislike it.

It turns out, though, that stories of Miranda after the play are stories I can really get behind. So maybe this is part of the problem: in the play, I think
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
A reimagining of the consequences of The Tempest. Manages to be both an original and an homage; a clever and vivid continuation of the known story with an eye for detail and atmosphere. Perfectly suited to novella length.
Anna Luce
Insta-love! Maybe it won't bother me in a future reading but as of now I'm finding this boring.

Minor quibble: Why have a character give themselves an Italian name...which isn't Italian? Dorotea exists. Dorothea? Nope.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think this could have worked as a mediocre young adult novel. It’s just a kind of shallow take. But you know... lesbians.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miranda in Milan is a charming book that offers a queer take on Shakespeare's The Tempest. It continues the story a few weeks after the play's ending (so SPOILERS for a 400 year old play, I guess). Miranda and her father have triumphantly returned to Milan from their remote island. But the island is the only home Miranda remembers, and despite her position as the lord's daughter, she finds herself shunned and isolated. Moreover, her father has not given up his magical powers as he had promised; Miranda realises he has not toldShakespeare's The ...more
Dannica Zulestin
This is a book I really wanted to read as soon as I heard it was gonna come out, and I was shocked I could get a hold of it so soon. The library actually had it! I was shocked they got it so fast! Man, this library is on task. Damn. With that piece of fortune, and seeing how short it was (I've been short on reading time), I had to get it out.

There were things I liked and didn't like about this book.

I liked Miranda a lot. The fact that she's used to ordering people around
If you are the kind of person who read The Tempest and thought “Prospero is kind of a dick,” this is a book for you. It is Miranda’s story after she gets off the island, and it is DELIGHTFUL.

This is the story of how Miranda comes into her own, finds (queer) love, and becomes free.

Miranda in Milan is a story of surviving abuse and refusing to pass it along to others. It's a story of ghosts in your own life, and learning to live with them--and love them. It's about understanding that
Freya Marske
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Creepy, magical and romantic. This novella shows a deep understanding and affection for my favourite Shakespeare play as well as a willingness to dig in and criticise it. It also has the unmistakable air of a Gothic, which I wasn't expecting, but should have - Miranda's story here fulfils all the requirements of innocent-girl-comes-to-grand-house, exploring secret tunnels, and dark family secrets. And a lovely f/f romance on top of that!
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this but I just didn't completely connect with the writing style. Certain parts felt too rushed, while others felt more drawn out than they needed to be. I did really like the ending, though.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well-written, has endearing characters, but the plot is fairly basic.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest).

So if you've ever wondered how Miranda would fare in society with backstabbing, politics, and even more secrets - look no further than Miranda in Milan.

All the elements in "The Tempest" - the unfair treatment of Caliban, Prospero being a poor father, and the way Miranda is stifled - are discussed even without being on the island. And this time Miranda even has a confid
May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I finished this book expressly to feel like I could review it, negatively, with integrity. The only thing I can say in this book's favor is that it is very short, and easy to read, partly because it is so blandly written it neither halts one with the beauty of its prose, nor requires one to stop and contemplate its complexity. It is astoundingly inept and shallow, but perhaps its biggest sin is how pretentious it is, something that should be called out, entrenched as it is, so confidently, in it ...more


Katharine Duckett’s debut may be a slim novella but it sure does pack a punch. Seemingly picking up where Shakespeare’s The Tempest–his last play and, in my humble opinion, one of his best ones–leaves off, we follow Miranda, Prospero’s daughter, as she learns how to be a duke’s daughter instead of just a girl on a deserted island. But there’s something rotten in the state of Milan, so to speak, and there are whispers and closed-lip stares that follow
To be honest, The Tempest is one of my least favorite Shakespeare plays that I've read. I've never really liked it, and I don't remember a whole lot about it. But I wanted to read this because of the f/f romance (!!), the fact that it's a Shakespeare retelling, and because I did remember a bit about the original play. At least the main characters, and some of the main events. So I don't know if this is part of the play, or if it starts directly after that ends. But I quite liked it a lot! This story ab ...more
Geonn Cannon
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written, a very quick read (surprisingly quick... I expected to spend a few days with this one).
Alex Livingston
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
To say that Katharine Duckett’s debut novel picks up where Shakespeare left off in The Tempest is more than a little inaccurate, Old Will wrote a weird play about a cruel wizard bent on enslaving every creature he meets and abusing his enemies as much as his borrowed powers allow — but, you know, there’s like love and drunks and stuff so it’s a comedy? Duckett proposes some very good answers to questions left open by the play, but more importantly examines this 400-year-old fever-dream with the ...more
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I was looking forward to the release of this debut novella, a sequel to William Shakespeare’s The Tempest that promised a queer heroine and dark magic, as soon as I heard about it. I got what I was promised and more, and I loved it.

I’m always a little wary of stories that retell Shakespeare in some way, not because I don’t think it can be done well but because I haven’t really enjoyed any that I’ve read in the past. I was even more wary of thi
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is EXACTLY the story I wanted after reading The Tempest!

I actually read The Tempest like 2 days ago so I could read this book. I very much enjoyed the play; but obviously, I had some issues with the misogyny of Prospero and many of the nobles, Miranda's lack of agency, and the implied racism/pro-colonialism of the original play.

This book blew me out of the water with the way that it addressed these aspects of the play, while still retaining this Shakespeare-like feel to the sto
This was fun little story about what happens when Miranda, who has spent her whole life on an island so deserted that, when seeing a passle of Italian royals, says to herself, "Oh brave new world, that has such people in't." If she is that impressed by a whole load of white guys, what do you think happens when she meets a sarcastic serving girl from Marrakech? Lots happens, that's what. There were a lot of places I wanted this book go. It went to some of them. Mostly I was grateful for this thor ...more
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Katharine Duckett is the author of Miranda in Milan, a Shakespearean fantasy novella debut that NPR calls "intriguing, adept, inventive, and sexy." Her short fiction has appeared in Uncanny, Apex, PseudoPod, and Interzone, as well as various anthologies including Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and Wilde Stories 2015: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. She is the guest fiction editor ...more
“If there was anything I find wanting about your face, Miranda, it is only that I long to gaze upon it in the sun, where it belongs.” 0 likes
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