Prospero's Daughter Book II
L. Jagi Lamplighter
Tor Books / Tom Doherty
2010 / ISBN 978-0-7653-1930-2
by Carmen Ferreiro
Four hundred years after the events described by Shakespeare in
The Tempest, Prospero is still alive as is his daughter,
Miranda, and the other eight children he had sired since.
We learn, as the story begins, that not everything is well in the
Prospero's household. Prospero is missing (he disappeared in the
first book of the trilogy, Prospero Lost). Actually, he is in hell,
Miranda soon finds out with the help of his sidekick, an air spirit
in the body of a Humphrey Bogart look alike, fedora included.
Being the oldest, Miranda is now in charge of Prospero Inc., the
family business that tries to keep the world safe from gods and
spirits interference. She's also the one who keeps the family immortal,
thanks to the Elixir of Life she fetches after a journey of a year
and one day at the End of the World
Determined to rescue her father, Miranda turns to her siblings
for help only to find them divided among themselves, if not downright
But Miranda knows she must bring her family together, because she
believes that only with the help of all their individual talents
brought forth by their magical staffs, they will be able to succeed.
Despite the many threads in the story, Ms. Lamplighter manages
to create a relatable protagonist and a family of siblings, each
with a distinct personality, whose barbed banter and crazy antics
I thoroughly enjoyed.
Prospero in Hell is an intelligent urban fantasy that
draws heavily from Western myths and legends and creates a believable
and complex world I can't wait to revisit.