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Literature / Prospero's Daughter

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Prospero's Daughter is a fantasy trilogy by American writer L. Jagi Lamplighter, consisting of Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained.

The narrator of the story is Miranda, of The Tempest fame, although she explains that William Shakespeare fictionalized it. Five centuries and several half-siblings later, in a Crossover Cosmology world, Miranda is running Prospero Inc., which keeps elemental powers in check by providing them with such valuable goods as phoenix ash. Her father has left her a message that he is in trouble and she must warn all her siblings that they are in danger.

Tropes featured in this trilogy

  • Alchemic Elementals: Though the traditional four has gnome where it should have oread — one character explains why.
  • Asleep for Days: Miranda at the North Pole; Mab wishes it was one more day.
  • The Atoner: Caliban.
  • Attempted Rape: Caliban to Miranda, in the backstory. As a result of this, Miranda regards rape as the unforgivable crime.
  • Babies Ever After: The prospect of babies is discussed at the end.
  • Badass Normal: Theo has stopped taking the Water of Youth and has abandoned his powers. He then proceeds to blast a hellhound with a shotgun full of rock salt.
  • Black Magic: Very real. Very dangerous. Theo thinks all magic is this.
  • Blood Magic: The denizens in Hell can really use the blood of the living.
  • Bread and Circuses: Ulysseus disapproves of democracy because it leads to this
  • Broken Angel:The Good Folk are fallen angels, whose wings have been amputated. Leaving scars.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: or, to be more precise, can come back from the underworld eight times without drinking from Lethe
  • Celestial Deadline: Prospero needs to be rescued in a certain amount of time.
  • Dramatic Wind: In Hell, Gregory's cloak billows when he blesses.
  • Exact Words: Ferdinard offers a marriage-in-name-only to Miranda so she can, technically, fulfill her vow to marry him or die a maid; then they dissolve it, and she's free to marry as she pleases.
  • External Retcon: And you thought Shakespeare was fiction
  • Familiar: Miranda has a black cat named Tybalt.
  • Fertile Feet: In Hell no less after Miranda becomes a sibyl
  • Friend to All Living Things: Mephistopheles's Staff of Summoning summons all kinds of animals or creatures, without giving him any control once summoned; however, they don't seem to mind doing him favors.
  • Healthy in Heaven: Cornelius gets killed in Prospero Regained but as a ghost, realizes he can see again.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: The Prosperos can have children, but since their immortality comes from an external source, the children die.
  • Inhuman Emotion: The natural temptations to angels and other inhuman beings
  • Kick the Dog: Erasmus cursed Miranda with aging several centuries in a year. And then refused to revoke the curse, making her crawl to the World's End to get the cure.
  • Lack of Empathy: Miranda starts out with this — badly enough that some people wonder whether she's been enchanted.
  • Love Hurts: Ferdinard laments what he has suffered for the chaste love of a pure maid.
  • Magic Music: Miranda's flute-playing controls spirits of the air.
  • Magic Wand: All the Prospero siblings' Staves.
  • Oblivious to Love: Given the character in question goes out of his way to deny his love. . .
  • One-Steve Limit: only violated from characters mentioned not appearing.
  • Refusing Paradise: In Prospero Regained, Cornelius dies in the final battle, and is found standing over his own corpse. Not only are angels ready to escort him to Heaven, he can now see. His brothers are unable to persuade him to stay, but Miranda comments on how he can retire as he wished, and he puts off the angels and has his father resurrect him.
  • Witch Hunt: Discussed. Gregory points out that most victims were guilty — a fact that has been censored out of history.
  • A Year and a Day: How long it takes Miranda to get more Water of Life. Also, how long elves have to claim the freedom from Hell that Miranda granted before it lapses.