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Miranda and Caliban
     

Miranda and Caliban

by Jacqueline Carey
 

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A lovely girl grows up in isolation where her father, a powerful magus, has spirited them to in order to keep them safe.

We all know the tale of Prospero's quest for revenge, but what of Miranda? Or Caliban, the so-called savage Prospero chained to his will?

In this incredible retelling of the fantastical tale, Jacqueline Carey shows readers the other side of

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A lovely girl grows up in isolation where her father, a powerful magus, has spirited them to in order to keep them safe.

We all know the tale of Prospero's quest for revenge, but what of Miranda? Or Caliban, the so-called savage Prospero chained to his will?

In this incredible retelling of the fantastical tale, Jacqueline Carey shows readers the other side of the coin—the dutiful and tenderhearted Miranda, who loves her father but is terribly lonely. And Caliban, the strange and feral boy Prospero has bewitched to serve him. The two find solace and companionship in each other as Prospero weaves his magic and dreams of revenge.

Always under Prospero’s jealous eye, Miranda and Caliban battle the dark, unknowable forces that bind them to the island even as the pangs of adolescence create a new awareness of each other and their doomed relationship.

Miranda and Caliban is bestselling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey’s gorgeous retelling of The Tempest. With hypnotic prose and a wild imagination, Carey explores the themes of twisted love and unchecked power that lie at the heart of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, while serving up a fresh take on the play's iconic characters.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 10/17/2016
Carey (the Santa Olivia series) turns Shakespeare’s Tempest on its head, in ways that are always supportable by the original text, with this brilliant deconstruction. On the deserted island where Miranda grows up, her magician father, Prospero, keeps mostly to himself for the sake of his magical studies. Miranda is the childhood playmate and teacher of the orphan Caliban, the island’s original inhabitant, but when they come of age, their friendship grows into romance, which Prospero cannot tolerate. The magician has had plans for Miranda for years—plans involving his enemies, a love spell, and, of course, a tempest. Carey’s version of Prospero is unable to see his daughter as more than a tool, and unable to see Caliban through his preconceptions and academic prejudices. The foreordained pattern of the play mixes beautifully with Carey’s intricate characterization and eye for sensory detail, building mercilessly to dazzling, and devastating, tragic effect. (Feb.)
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“In this stand-alone, Carey evokes the same stunning worldbuilding and imagery of her "Kushiel's Legacy" and "Sundering" series, as she stirs new emotions from an old story and reveals another side to Shakespeare's epic play.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Carey turns Shakespeare’s The Tempest on its head, in ways that are always supportable by the original text, with this brilliant deconstruction. The foreordained pattern of the play mixes beautifully with Carey’s intricate characterization and eye for sensory detail, building mercilessly to dazzling, and devastating, tragic effect.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An eye-opening departure from her previous fantasy yarns, Carey re imagines the back story of Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a tale of star-crossed lovers…[Carey] transforms the largely passive Shakespearean Miranda into a dutiful yet dignified and ultimately tragic figure…Intriguing and impressive while remaining inextricable from its dramatic context.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Infused with dark magic, broken trust, and lost innocence…Miranda and Caliban, both narrators with distinct voices, are given rich inner lives through Carey’s delicate, sensitive portrayal.”—Booklist

Library Journal
09/15/2016
In this reimagining of Shakespeare's The Tempest from the author of the New York Times best-selling "Kushiel's Legacy" series, lonely Miranda and her friend, the feral boy Caliban, challenge the dark magic keeping them on the island.
Kirkus Reviews
2016-11-22
In an eye-opening departure from her previous fantasy yarns (Poison Fruit, 2014, etc.), Carey reimagines the back story of Shakespeare's The Tempest as a tale of star-crossed lovers. Sort of.Whereas the play's action occupies but a single day—in many interpretations, an allegory of Shakespeare himself constructing a play, as the magus Prospero constructs his brave new world—Carey reconstitutes the events of the prior 12 years without contradicting or even straining the original text, a notable feat in itself. Shakespeare's magical island has only three material inhabitants: Prospero, his young daughter, Miranda, and the strange, feral boy Caliban, the orphaned son of the witch Sycorax. Prospero, determined to civilize the seemingly intractably savage Caliban, captures and confines him. Desperately lonely, Miranda finds herself drawn to the boy despite his bestial appearance and soon detects a spark of intelligence within him. Under Miranda's tender attentions, Caliban learns (or recovers) his powers of speech. As their friendship deepens, she learns from Caliban just how little her father has told her of her past or his plans for the future—plans that take no account of any personal wishes or desires she might have—and why he is so determined to render Caliban tractable. In Carey's interpretation, Prospero, with his godlike abilities to reward and punish, remains an aloof, sometimes-cruel, and wholly unlovable character. But she transforms the largely passive Shakespearean Miranda into a dutiful yet dignified and ultimately tragic figure. And she challenges our perception of Caliban by presenting his attempted rape of the adolescent Miranda (alluded to but not dramatized in the play) as a sympathetic and at least semireciprocal act. Ultimately, he's still a slave, but of love rather than brutish lust. Intriguing and impressive while remaining inextricable from its dramatic context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765386793
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
02/14/2017
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
48,694
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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Meet the Author

Jacqueline Carey is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series, beginning with Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen and Kushiel's Avatar, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables "Santa Olivia" and "Saints Astray," and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Carey lives in west Michigan.

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