Prospero, the sorcerer on whose island of exile William Shakespeare set his play, The Tempest, has endured these past many centuries. His daughter Miranda runs the family business, Prospero, Inc. so smoothly that the vast majority of humanity has no idea that the Prosperos' magic has protected Earth from numerous disasters. But Prospero himself has been kidnapped by demons from Hell, and Miranda, aided by her siblings, has followed her father into Hell to save him from a certain doom at the hands of vengeful demons. Time is running out for Miranda, and for the great magician himself. Their battle against the most terrifying forces of the Pit is a great fantasy adventure.
To fully enjoy Prospero Regained, the reader really must read the whole series in order. That should not present a problem for those who already enjoy fantasy fiction because for us, 1100 pages is no hardship. That said, if a reader has contemplated dipping into the fantasy genre for the first time, he or she would be well introduced by Lamplighter's books. It is also my opinion that these books will appeal most to a female readership. Underlying the suspense, adventure, and mystery in this tale is a strong sense of hope for mankind and the world, drawn from a deep well of mythological and centuries-old religious wisdom. I can't say it will last beyond the next horrible event I encounter, but I finished these books with much of my faith in mankind - and in the power of personal integrity - restored. (Reviewed by Judy Krueger).
Unfortunately, despite the urgency of the rescue mission, the pace of this installment often drags...
This is intricate, intellectual fantasy at its best - with bonus 'invisible beams of unicorn love.'
Unfortunately, this isn't a story you can jump into mid-stream: although Lamplighter recaps as much of the previous two novels as she can without dragging everything to a complete halt, there's only so much internal monologues and "let's go over what we've learned so far" conversations can cover. To fully appreciate the magnitude of Miranda's dramatic transformation over the course of Prospero Regained, readers need the earlier books - but for contemporary fantasy fans who enjoy a healthy dose of the epic, that won't be much of a burden.
Starred Review. It's sad but satisfying to bid goodbye to the colorful Prospero family.
L. Jagi Lamplighter spent 15 years writing, re-writing, and revising her Prospero's Daughter trilogy before the first volume was published in 2009.
In an article entitled "A Writer's Odyssey," she describes her journey from hopeful writer to published author. Another article, "All About the Wonder," explains why Ms. Lamplighter writes fantasy. She explains:
Fantasy can do anything, go anywhere, occur in any milieu. It can take place in your back yard, in the ancient past, on the moon, in another dimension - the nature and laws of which can be anything you imagine. It can be frightening, romantic, mysterious, filled with intriguing factoids. But there is one thing fantasy does better than any other genre, and that is wonder.
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