• Title: Prospero Lost
  • Author: L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • ISBN: 9780765319296
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Prospero Lost More than four hundred years after the events of Shakespeare s The Tempest the sorcerer Prospero his daughter Miranda and his other children have attained everlasting life Miranda is the head of he
    More than four hundred years after the events of Shakespeare s The Tempest, the sorcerer Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and his other children have attained everlasting life Miranda is the head of her family s business, Prospero Inc which secretly has used its magic for good around the world One day, Miranda receives a warning from her father Beware of the Three ShaMore than four hundred years after the events of Shakespeare s The Tempest, the sorcerer Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and his other children have attained everlasting life Miranda is the head of her family s business, Prospero Inc which secretly has used its magic for good around the world One day, Miranda receives a warning from her father Beware of the Three Shadowed Ones When Miranda goes to her father for an explanation, he is nowhere to be found Miranda sets out to find her father and reunite with her estranged siblings, each of which holds a staff of power and secrets about Miranda s sometimes foggy past Her journey through the past, present and future will take her to Venice, Chicago, the Caribbean, Washington, D.C and the North Pole To aid her, Miranda brings along Mab, an aerie being who acts like a hard boiled detective, and Mephistopheles, her mentally unbalanced brother Together, they must ward off the Shadowed Ones and other ancient demons who want Prospero s power for their own.

    One Reply to “Prospero Lost”

    1. My lower rating of this book has more to do with the quality of writing than anything else. I highly enjoyed the book, the story, the characters; I simply couldn't get past the overuse of !. Seriously, a chapter should NOT begin with a sentence that has an ! at the end of it. Perhaps this is more of an editorial issue than a writing issue, but it bothered me nonetheless. It read like it was written by a first-time novelist, which Lamplighter was at the time. However, I loved the concept : 500 ye [...]

    2. Frankly, I was disappointed. I expected a rousing adventure with a good deal of humor. Instead, it was a lot of posturing. I mean, i didn't LIKE any of the characters. At first glance, the characters seem clever. Miranda seems a strong female character, Mab is a humorous paradox, a spirit who hates magic, even Mephisto seems kind of cool, a magician with dual personalities, as happy as a child one minute, a huge demon the next. But as you read on, the author really doesn't give you enough to kee [...]

    3. I don't understand.I like the concept of following Prospero's daughter on a mystery. But why undo his character development when all you're going to do is repeat it with his offspring? Why go against the word of what Shakespeare says went on in the story for the sake of a simpler tale? At the end of Tempest, Prospero broke his staff and swore to no longer practice magic - the events of this book would have been little different. Miranda, after all, swore no such vow.But even accepting the author [...]

    4. This one I heard of for a while but never thought I will read it and did not bother to request an arc but I opened it just to "do my duty" so to speak since I tend to open all new sff releases in bookstores just to get an idea of what's what, and it hooked me from the first page so I bought it that day and it went to my top of the reading pileJust superb - whimsical and with all creatures from myths, legends and fairy-tales or at least it seems soGreat narrator in Miranda the 500 year old daught [...]

    5. I was pretty excited about this book! I've been taking a break from my rather hectic "Pulitzer" to-read list, and enjoying some of what I call my "laid back" fiction and this was perfect! The Tempest is probably my favorite Shakespeare work, and this fantastical play of the characters, however much of a tangent away from Shakespeare's merit, was a really enjoyable read! It reminded me a bit of Susanne Clarke Miranda, Mab, and Mephisto (I found hysterical, I mean, the chimera?) traipse around the [...]

    6. Jagi's book is a wonderful adventure that harkens back to Roger Zelazny's Amber series, contains hints of C.S. Lewis and makes use of an immense amount of mythology. This is a rich tapestry of ideas carefully woven together into a complex story. But not woven so tightly as to follow merely linear predestination to an inevitable conclusion, no this is joyful lark that bounds about to numerous locations all in search of the clues that will answer the question "What has become of Prospero?". It is [...]

    7. L Jagi Lamplighter spent 15 years writing, re-writing and revising her Prospero's Daughter Trilogy before this first volume was published in 2009. Other compelling data include her history as a roleplaying gamer and the novel's roots in a game she was involved with in the early 1990s. All of this can be perused on her website. It also explains the slightly dated feeling of the novel.During those 15 years I was reading and completely enjoying a type of novel that has elements of fantasy or non-re [...]

    8. i stopped about a third of the way in. couldn't get into the story or characters and the writing seemed stilted.

    9. There was a lot of interesting promise going into this novel. I listened to a really good retelling of The Tempest earlier this year, so I thought that reading another spin-off of the story would be interesting. Turns out it's not a retelling, but instead a "and here they all are five hundred years later" story. Which was okay with me, because that, too, has a lot of potential. But, in the end, this is a novel with potential unrealized. The narrative is just to inconsistent, alternating between [...]

    10. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Shakespeare didn’t give us the whole story of Prospero, Miranda, Ferdinand, Ariel, et al. If you want to find out what really happened to the characters from The Tempest, pick up L. Jagi Lamplighter’s Prospero Lost. It turns out that Miranda and Ferdinand didn’t get married, Ariel wasn’t freed, and Prospero didn’t get rid of his staff and books. Instead, Miranda found The Well at the World's End and brought back the life-preserving water for her [...]

    11. Review is also available on my blog The Shameful Narcissist Speaks.I'm in love with the works of Shakespeare, though I haven't yet read The Tempest this is based on. Miranda and co not only inspired The Bard in the world of Prospero Lost, but they use the play as a mythology to in which to conceal themselves. Since people believe Shakespeare made it up, the information therein is obfuscated by fable, and Prospero Inc the family company, is allowed to do its good works unhindered.The main charact [...]

    12. Elizabeth Nunez gives Shakespeare's The Tempest a contemporary spin (1960) from an African American perspective in her novel, Prospero's Daughter. Nunez builds her plot around characters who are stand-ins for the main characters in The Tempest: Dr. Gardner (Prospero), Virginia (Miranda), Ariana (Ariel), and Carlos (Caliban). Dr. Gardner escapes possible prosecution by moving to an island--a leper colony--off Trinidad. There, he intends to raise his daughter, Virginia, as a proper English lady--i [...]

    13. I heard about this book through the Book Smugglers blog (amazingly helpful and entertaining blog for anyone who enjoys fantasy, YA, or romance) and immediately placed a hold on it through my library. Most of the characters in the story are from Shakespeare's The Tempest (which I haven't read). Prospero is a sorcerer who manages to bind the Aerie Ones to his will. His daughter Miranda, who provides the perspective in the story, has been granted immortality by being a Handmaiden for a goddess and [...]

    14. It was the Shakespeare that drew me. Unfortunately, that was not enough to keep me interested. This is an odd mix of Shakespeare and Urban Fantasy. Prospero and Miranda are still alive 500 years after the events of The Tempest and are running a company called Prospero Inc in which they are busy keeping control of the world's various malevolent spirits, and demons who wreak havoc on the earth by causing earthquakes, volcanoes, etc. When Prospero goes missing and sends an ominous warning to Mirand [...]

    15. I was really torn on how many stars to give this interesting little book. I decided to go with 4 stars based on Lamplighter's efforts. The modernized take on Shakespeare has been done so many times before, but Lamplighter takes a new twist on it. This isn't just 'The Tempest' for the 21st century, but rather an update on where the characters are now, 450 years after the events of the famous play.I think Lamplighter may have tried to do too much in a single novel, however. We learn more about Mir [...]

    16. I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did.I find myself wanting to describe it as a "happy mish-mash" of all sorts of mythologies and literature. And it all worked.There are deeper themes going on here that I don't think have been fully revealed and there may well be unhappiness coming, but this book felt, well the only word I can come up with is "fun", which doesn't feel like the right one.I don't mean it was light, like a brain-candy kind of read. There's a lot in here and I'm sure ther [...]

    17. Okay I'm going to try not to be really grumpy and annoyed because this book ends in a complete cliffhanger. It is part of one of a series and does not stand alone at all, so commit to reading the second book at least if you want any closure.Okay so all that aside, it's a pretty fun little world the writer invented where magic is real and so is mythology and so even is christian monotheism. Mix all that with at least some nod to Shakespeare and you have an interesting setting.The story (as it sta [...]

    18. Very engaging kind of old urban fantasy series based on the Tempest by Shakespeare, about Prospero and his children who are still alive thanks to the water or life. Story's main character is Miranda, who is tasked to save her father, abducted by demons. Good myth and folklore.

    19. This is a romantic fantasy for Shakespeare lovers. Sadly, it cuts off rather abruptly saying that it is just part one, and part 2 hasn't been published yet.

    20. I have read pieces of this pre-publication and I cannot wait to read the whole polished work. Years in the making and well worth the wait!

    21. Actually I couldn't finish this book. It is a good idea but the characters are not written well.

    22. This was a wonderful read, remaniscent of Mark Helperin's A Winter's Tale, also having a Shakespearian twist. But I didn't rush out for a viewing of The Winter's Tale after reading it, and I did find a film version of Twelvth Night to view after reading this book. I am already quite conversant with Tempest, my favorite Shakespeare play. But the literacy level doesn't abate with Shakespeare, and the scenes that unfold are fabulous, a magical cape found at a secluded thrift store, a mad brother wh [...]

    23. I was interested enough in the plot to keep going, but the characters annoyed me. Too many precious "Sillyheads!" exclamations. Too much irritable banter among siblings with no real plot movement. It would have been interesting as a series of visits that drove understanding of each sibling's character and their interactions with one another to set up the plot, but I was left with only surface level impressions (Logistilla is a mean girl).

    24. This book takes place hundreds of years after Shakespeare’s The Tempest, long after Prospero left the island with his daughter Miranda. In this version, however, he didn’t give up his magic or free his magical servants; instead, he gained immortality, married, fathered eight more children, and started Prospero, Inc. This influential corporation secretly mediates among spirits of the natural world and makes deals that help humanity, such as preventing natural disasters (like buying off salama [...]

    25. I discovered Lamplighter via her husband, John C. Wright. His books are, simply put, amazing. And I was not disappointed in the least bit. Lamplighter (her maiden name, I believe) is an excellent writer. The depth and epic proportions of the book are belied by the humble subtly of her writing.Miranda is the daughter of the great Prospero, whom Shakespear wrote about so long ago. Though a young lady, Miranda herself is several centuries old and has lately found herself running the family business [...]

    26. Prospero Lost is a more than a retelling of “The Tempest” (that well known play of mr. Shakespeare), it is a telling of what could have happened if the events of the Tempest were actually true. In this book Miranda and Prospero are very much alive and their family is somewhat extended – 7 more siblings and an enormous crew of wind spirits bound to them as slaves.rrvants. On top of that, they run Prospero, Inc, a multinational company that relies on the biding on the eight winds and copious [...]

    27. I liked this book. Not as much as I thought I would, but it's definitely worth a read. The concept of Shakespeare characters in modern day life, living as undercover magicians was really cool, especially with the nod to Sam Spade in the character of Mab (who was my favorite). However, I have mixed feelings about the book.Okay. So I'll break it down this way:Things I liked:1) The way the story pulled you along--it was quite enticing and actiony and full of mystery, really entertaining. When I thi [...]

    28. Pretty good book with faults. maybe. A flavour of Zelazny's Amber and especially the recent continuations in which a key character is missing. First, I knew going in - and now you do too - that this is one of three. So I wasn't expecting a tidy resolution, or full character development. Not bad characters, although as others have noted Miranda is yet another of those protagonists that exist just so stuff can happen to them, and Ferdinand is ridiculous. I've read several books recently in which a [...]

    29. Those not familar with Shakespeare's The Tempest, Milton's Paradise Lost, and various other literary works and folk myths may still enjoy this dense story, but familiarity with the above will certainly enhance the reading of this oddity.The story told in the play was mostly true, Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, were betrayed and exiled to an island where Prospero used his knowledge of magic (taken from books he found)to free the Aerie sprite, Ariel, and bind Ariel and others to his service. [...]

    30. Miranda has lived for over five centuries. She has seen kingdoms rise and fall, fashions come and go, nothing means much to her anymore. Except her family and her father's company, Prospero Inc. So when she gets a message from her father that says he is in danger, she takes off with the company detective (Mab, a spirit in human body) to track down her dysfunctional family while the Three Shadowed Ones her father warns of are hot on their heels.But her family only lives as long as she remains a s [...]

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