Prospero in Hell

L. Jagi Lamplighter, Author
L. Jagi Lamplighter, Tor, $25.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1930-2
Reviewed on: 06/14/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-4299-3868-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 428 pages - 978-0-7653-5884-4
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In this epic sequel to 2009's Prospero Lost, Lamplighter continues the Amberesque adventures of an ancient family caught up in matters of mythic significance. The immortal sorcerer Prospero is missing, sucked into Hell after one of his plans went awry. His far-flung, quarrelsome children have come together for the first time in years to face down the ever-present threat of the Three Shadowed Ones, who hunt them for the legendary magical artifacts they possess. As Miranda, Prospero's ever-dutiful eldest child, struggles to keep her siblings in line, she's repeatedly thrown off guard by a series of unsettling revelations. The only false note is a pivotal scene where a monster rapes a woman to steal her power. The story is convoluted and occasionally overwrought, but the rich imagery, fast pace, and masterful use of mythology make this a real page-turner. (Aug.)
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