Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5
Miranda’s Tempest is a book containing three short stories that have their basis in a classic literature piece from the past, but with a nicely kinked twist to it.
The first story in this trilogy is Miranda’s Tempest, borrowing the basic storyline of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, but Tilly Hunter adds her own wicked twist to the story. Miranda is Prospero’s daughter and has been sent with her father and retinue to exile on an island. On the island, Miranda meets and falls in love with Caliban, who is definitely a different character than in the original. Caliban is Miranda’s Master and the two have our first good kink scene in our stories. On their way down to meet Miranda’s father after the storm washes his rivals onto the beach, Miranda and Caliban stumble across who they believe is a wayward sailor washed ashore. He is in fact the son of the King of Naples and becomes completely enchanted with Miranda, pledging his loyalty to her and willingly becomes her slave. Your ancestor’s William Shakespeare this is not. It’s a fun story, with some very well crafted twists, but one does not need to be familiar with the original to appreciate the story.
Our second story gets to mess with the reader’s memory of their youth and Grimm’s Fairy tales. It is a completely BDSM take on Hansel & Gretel, all the way to the point of Hansel & Gretel in fact sneaking off in to the forest to be together sexually. The witch in fact is a beautiful, but cruel Domme who bewitches Hansel to use for a midsummer sexual sacrifice with her twelve magical sisters. Gretel is also under the witch’s spell, or so the reader is led to believe. In true fairy tale “happily ever after” endings, Hansel & Gretel make their escape, but not before Gretel learns something about herself, and her brother. As far as the kink factor, let’s just say Gretel throws a mean flogger.
Our final short story involves Penelope, the wife of Odysseus. The story takes place shortly before Odysseus arrives back home from his journeys where Penelope has a house full of suitors trying to woo Penelope and get Odysseus’s riches and lands. Through a very interesting sex scene with a come to life statue of Athena, Penelope is given a plan to rid herself of all the suitors save one before Odysseus gets back home and kills all the suitors AND Penelope’s hand maidens, who she would rather not lose as they have kept her sexually satiated while her husband wanders the world. Penelope basically becomes a Domme and runs each suitor through a rather interesting scene which breaks all but the last suitor, as Athena predicted. This last one Penelope has dress and pose as one of her hand maidens and keeps around for when Odysseus again goes gallivanting off in to the world.
All three stories are a fun read, and while it is not necessary to know anything of the originals they are based on, if you do it adds a nice little twist to them. The kink and the scenes are nicely hot, especially if you are in to FemDom. The fact that the three original stories all were from times when the concept of a FemDom would have been unthinkable makes for an even more wicked twist to the stories.
Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven