In which a young woman discovers hidden magic and another world.
This book is a really interesting, unusual, and compelling fantasy story. I would recommend it to fans of fantasy, although discovering it has sequels diminished it for me a little. More on that after the cut.
Prospero's Children follows Fern as she and her brother explore a new house and its mysteries. It sounds like any other fantasy story, and it's difficult to say why it isn't. The tone is so perfect and urgent that it made it unusually intriguing. It starts a little slow, and really ramps up after the main character has left for this other world. The second half is much faster paced than the first, and contains a really well written romance, too.
My main complaint with this book is more a complaint about authors generally. What is the problem with writing a one-shot story? Why do good stand alone books have to have inferior sequels tacked on? Why can't good stories just end before they are completely beaten into the dirt? This is one of those. There was nothing at the end that demanded sequels. I didn't know it HAD sequels until I'd finished it, and was annoyed. More authors ought to write self contained stories with ballsier endings.
I would definitely recommend this book to fans of fantasy. It's unusual and a very interesting story.