400 years after leaving the island, Miranda Prospero is running Prospero, Inc. in her father's increasingly longer absences. She is a Handmaiden of Eurynome, which gives her access to the Water of Life, which has kept herself, her father, and her seven siblings alive throughout the last few centuries. She receives a sign that Prospero is missing, and discovers that she and her now-estranged siblings are in great danger from the Three Shadowed Ones. She has to travel all over the world to find her siblings and warn them of the danger, while avoiding the Shadowed Ones herself.
There are some books that are meant to be books that you read - put down - ignore for a bit - pick up again - engage with - then put down for good. I got through the whole first book (yes, it is now a trilogy), but I can't bring myself to care enough to look into the sequels. I don't care about Miranda. At All. I think she's willfully ignorant or horribly blase. The prose occasionally made me cringe, especially in trying to write the dialogue of the madman, Mephisto (short for Mephistopholes), her brother. There's a lot of Deus Ex Machina which saves them from demon attacks, and a whole lotta description of nothing. PLUS - maybe you know this about me - I Hate books which require steady international travel. Hate them. I'm sorry - I know some books require it, but it just felt like SO much TRAVELING. Get on the plane, get off the plane, rent a boat, ride the boat, take the boat back to the plane, lose the plane, ride in a regular-people plane now... BO-RING.
I don't know - if someone makes a STRONG (and I mean STRONG) case for continuing on to the next book, I'll try it... but I really hope that in those next books something actually HAPPENS.