Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

 Retelling, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 336

Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by Tor Books

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Miranda is a lonely child. For as long as she can remember, she and her father have lived in isolation in the abandoned Moorish palace. There are chickens and goats, and a terrible wailing spirit trapped in a pine tree, but the elusive wild boy who spies on her from the crumbling walls and leaves gifts on their doorstep is the isle’s only other human inhabitant. There are other memories, too: vague, dream-like memories of another time and another place. There are questions that Miranda dare not ask her stern and controlling father, who guards his secrets with zealous care: Who am I? Where did I come from? The wild boy Caliban is a lonely child, too; an orphan left to fend for himself at an early age, all language lost to him. When Caliban is summoned and bound into captivity by Miranda’s father as part of a grand experiment, he rages against his confinement; and yet he hungers for kindness and love.


My Thoughts

Ah, I’ve missed Carey’s writing. I won’t lie. I missed the way she could evoke emotion and make me experience the world as if I were there, too.

That being said, anyone who is a Shakespeare enthusiast such as myself will recognize that this is a retelling of The Tempest, which made me clap my hands because MIRANDA AND CALIBAN…forget Ferdinand! Except this is a retelling of the story through Miranda and Caliban’s eyes, it watches them each grow, and for Caliban we see him grow so much, it does not differ in the end from the original, ahem…sorry folks!

Caliban is a native to the island where he ‘rules’ but when Prospero is banished with his daughter to the island he takes over as the ‘ruler’ and seeks to tame this wild savage known as Caliban. The boy befriends Miranda and she helps aid in his schooling, together they grow and childhood friendships begins to blossom into something more.

As I stated above, Carey builds worlds (or in this instance embellishes it to make it her own) and places you on this island along with everyone else, that part was seamless for me.

The characters, Carey knows how to create some three-dimensional ones and I adore the way she wrote Ariel. I believe she did him justice!

Now what made this book rating difficult for me was that we tread the water for so long, and I felt as though I were holding my breath for something to happen and it never did. I was expecting something or anything to take place and then at the end (last 10 pages) everything happened and I was left blinking and wondering wait, what happened? So I had to read it again. This made me waver on my rating… 3.5? … urgh, no because the writing is well done, the retelling is well done…but the but kept it from a 5.

The end felt rushed and too uneventful. I was waiting for SOMETHING.

Alas, nothing, but….it was still a great read, especially for those who are mega Carey fans.

Also, if you have NOT read The Tempest by Shakespeare, please don’t before this book. It’ll be one giant spoiler at the end. 😉

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Share below!



    1. I love Taming of The Shrew… also Much Ado About Nothing. There is a common theme here… 😉

      I enjoyed this book. There was something amiss for me and maybe once you read it we can chat about it.

      Regardless, enjoy the read because it is a quick one or was at least for me!


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