I knew Miranda and Caliban was from the point of view of the two lonely children and how they would become entwined and yet, I wasn't sure just why others are divided on whether it's a comedy or a tragedy. My thoughts here are I didn't find anything amusing, not even the Spirit Ariel, who I'm guessing is supposed to be playful. I thought it sadly overlong with a buildup that unfortunately became over far too quickly.
This story is character driven with both Miranda and Caliban sharing their points of view and their tumultuous feelings. Both are confused and indeed used by Prospero and it's far from a romance. A coming of age story and it was easy to understand the feelings the pair shared as they are both manipulated so harshly in order for Prospero to finally have what I can only describe as revenge.
Prospero is unlikable. An abusive and reclusive Mage who sees no harm in using any and all to further his plans. It's impossible for Prospero to succeed in his plans without his daughter’s wondrous gift for art and indeed he needs far more than that from her! All this meant my heart broke for her time and time again as she was so cruelly let down. Yet, there is an awakening that borders on sensual as the children grow that felt real, achingly so, but the cruelty meted out just felt so very wrong.
My final thoughts are the pace occasionally slowed down and I thought the end seemed so very rushed. I understood why Miranda chose what she did but it seemed so very cruel. All this answers my question of whether it's a tragedy or not and my answer is most definitely not a happy read but a compelling one nevertheless.
A copy of this was provided by NetGalley which I have voluntarily read and these comments are my own honest opinion.