Caliban's Hour

Caliban's Hour

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by Tad Williams
     
 

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Are magic and romance really so separate? In this rich fantasy novel, Tad Williams--New York Times bestselling author of To Green Angel Tower--explores the tangled roots of sorcery and passion, and gives us an astonis hing answer. Caliban is the Beast who finds in Prospero's daughter, Miranda, the Beauty to whom he tells his incredible story--an extraordinary tale of

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Are magic and romance really so separate? In this rich fantasy novel, Tad Williams--New York Times bestselling author of To Green Angel Tower--explores the tangled roots of sorcery and passion, and gives us an astonis hing answer. Caliban is the Beast who finds in Prospero's daughter, Miranda, the Beauty to whom he tells his incredible story--an extraordinary tale of dark desires and shining wizardry.

Editorial Reviews

Margaret Flanagan
The best-selling author of "To Green Angel Tower" (1993) offers a fantastical sequel to Shakespeare's "The Tempest" replete with elements of both "Beauty and the Beast" and "Robinson Crusoe". Twenty years after Prospero and Miranda have departed from their island of exile, Caliban, their scorned and abused former servant, seeks his revenge. Vowing to kill the primary source of his pain and disillusionment, Caliban holds Miranda captive, forcing her to listen to the wrenching tale of his early years on the island both before and after the fateful arrival of the banished duke of Milan and his beautiful daughter. As Caliban prepares to slay the former object of his affections, Miranda's lovely and compassionate daughter, moved by his litany of woe, offers her own freedom in exchange for her mother's life. As Giulietta prepares to leave with Caliban, her selfless act of love completes the circle of desire, rejection, retribution, and renewal begun on the island. A lyrically romantic voyage of discovery charting the mysterious depths of the human heart and soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061052040
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/1994
Pages:
208

Meet the Author

Tad Williams is the New York Times bestselling author of the "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" fantasy series beginning with "The Dragonbone Chair," the science fiction epic "Otherland" (soon to be a world-wide, major MMO from dtp/Real U), "The War of the Flowers," the all-ages fantasy novels "The Dragons of Ordinary Farm" and "The Secrets of Ordinary Farm," the short novel "Child of an Ancient City" (co-authored with Nina Kiriki Hoffman), and the short story collections "Rite" and "A Stark and Wormy Knight" (forthcoming.) He can be found every day on Facebook and on Twitter @tadwilliams: also at www.tadwilliams.com. He lives with his family in California. And his little dog too: @frankie_wah.

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Caliban's Hour 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Earthwindwalker More than 1 year ago
As a Tad William's fan of many years, I was excited to have the opportunity to read Caliban's Hour. The book was gifted to me by Tad's wonderful wife Deborah Beale who I have corresponded with on Facebook. She took the time to critique my poetry which I appreciated very much. They have decided to jump on the e-book train with the reissue of Caliban's Hour to digital format. Another take on "The Tempest" by Shakespeare, the story is told from Caliban's perspective. Tad Williams delivers a masterful story retelling that pulls you into the mind of Caliban. I was pulled into the story immediately with the intricate descriptions of people and places. You feel as if you are immersed in Caliban's world and see reality from his perspective. The story begins with Caliban's journey from his island to the darkly rich landscape of Naples, Miranda's & Prospero's world. Here he again meets up with Miranda, an unwitting victim of Caliban's revenge. He proceeds to tell her his story and why he comes to be there. You soon learn that love turns to hate, and that they both merge to complete the cycle of vengeance. I couldn't help but find myself on Caliban's side and felt that he was an unwitting victim to circumstance. I applauded his reasons for doing what he does in the end. If you are a fan of Tad, this is a must read. His world building skills and descriptions do exactly as a good story should. He pulls you into the character's heart and soul and leaves you wanting more. I gave this masterpiece a 5 star rating as it did exactly as it should and allowed me to escape into Caliban's world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been awhile since I read this book but I thought of it the other day for no reason and came to BN to confirm the name of it, seeing that nobody has reviewed, figured I was obligated. All I can remember that really stands out, that I really liked about the story is, this woman is banished to an island for being a witch. She is pregnant, and her banishers have cut out her tongue!! What a great set up, this story is about how her son survives on this island without communication for a long time, and somehow tad Williams turned it into a nice little love story. It's a nice fast decent read. I may have to read it again to refresh my memory.