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Rough Magic

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Follow the interwoven stories of two girls and one woman, their lives all tied to the enigmatic figure of Caliban, the character first introduced by Shakespeare in The Tempest, his famous play of love, loyalty and magic. Rough Magic forms both prequel and sequel, telling the stories of the sorceress Sycorax, Caliban's mother; Miranda's daughter Chiara, who becomes like a d ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Second Story Press
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com

Forget everything you know about THE TEMPEST, 'cause Caryl Cude Mullin's ROUGH MAGIC ain't your mama's Shakespeare.

Born of a corrupt king and power-hungry sorceress queen, raised in complete isolation on an island stripped of its magic, Caliban - previously portrayed as a nonsensical, gibbering rapist - takes center stage. In contrast, this Caliban is a quiet, gentle soul, subject to the whims of a magic-maddened mother, angry island spirits, and a pompous, se
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Steph Su
Jul 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
ROUGH MAGIC will appeal to lovers of ambitious fantasy chronicles, but not those looking for Shakespeare-related literature or well-written characters. Indeed, I was more than disappointed especially as the premise sounded interesting and promised the discussion of issues such as feminism. Unfortunately, it is a poorly written and narratively overdone tale.

ROUGH MAGIC was difficult to swallow because it tried to tell four characters’ stories in the course of about 200 pages. The story moves over
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Heather Pearson
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
Love, power and revenge form the basis of the various relationships in this story. The love of a parent for a child, the quest for the ultimate power over all, and the revenge for perceived wrongs. Caught up in all of this from the moment he was conceived is Caliban. Son of a great sorceress, who herself succumbed to her endless quest for power.

After the death of his mother, Caliban grows to adulthood isolated on the remote island on which he was born. He lives there un-eventfully for about ten
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Debra
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: retelling, ya
An interesting take on Shakespeare's "The Tempest"--although I know only vaguely the plot of the original; I haven't read it--and because it's a quick read, it manages to pull you in. The characters all have their strengths and faults, and Mullin manages to make you feel for all of them, even the supposed "bad" characters (in Mullin's version, not Shakespeare's). It's not a deep book, but it's a good way to pass the weekend.
Alid De

Rough Magic is about a girl named Sycorax who was born with powerful magic.When she turns 18 she gets married and has a daughter.Later on in the story she falls in love with another man who her dad has kept prisoner.Sycorax ends up running away with him and leaves her daughter behind.
Overall i did not think the book was good.It had too many characters too keep up with. Her plot took too long to get into. In my opinion Caryl Cude Mullin does not do a great job at introducing the plot. She takes t
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Kate
Jun 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fanatics
Recommended to Kate by: Second Story Press
Shelves: 2010
While I hate to admit it, I've never read Shakespeare's The Tempest, (*hangs head in shame*) so I can't comment on this story from that perspective. However, I freely admit that Shakespeare was always somewhat complex, confusing, and (*gasp*) too boring to keep my attention. All that poetic mumbo jumbo and "Shakespearean" English was hard to follow when his works were introduced to me in high-school; I never did try any of his works again...erm, I mean yet!

Rough Magic is quite an interesting sto
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Leslie Preddy
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grades 8-12
Carol Cude Mullin’s epic novel told in five acts and spanning the lifetimes of Sycorax, her son, and her granddaughter, is inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’. As a child, princess Sycorax was mostly ignored until it was realized she was the most powerful magic user ever known and thought to be the kingdom’s protector. As her live progresses, with magic she murders her first husband, abandons her child, and escape to a new land to marry a new King. Her new husband quickly grows to distrust her a ...more
catherine james
Forget everything you know about THE TEMPEST cause Caryl Cude Mullin's ROUGH MAGIC ain't your mama's Shakespeare. Born of a corrupt king and power-hungry sorceress-queen, raised in complete isolation on an island raped of it's magic Caliban - previously portrayed as a nonsensical, gibbering rapist - takes center stage. In contrast, this Caliban is a quiet, gentle soul, subject to the whims of a magic-maddened mother, angry island spirits and a pompous, self-important alchemist-king. Caryl Cude M ...more
Kimikimi
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: No one
W.T.F? That's pretty much how I felt about this book. I may have understood it better if my knowledge of the Tempest was better but I'm not sure. The book speaks in about four or five distinct voices, and kills some of those voices off, and spans about three generations, so you never really know what's going on. Big passages of time disappear and relationships never really get the chance to form. No one is really likeable and I pretty much didn't care about anybody. That's pretty rare for me. Ev ...more
Marie
Sep 24, 2013 added it
I started this book but did not have enough interest to finish it. I am sorry to say I did not find any characters to connect with and the loose story surrounding them was not anything I wanted to spend more time reading.
Koji
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought that this book was okay, but it has a sad ending.
Brenda
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Same characters as in Shakespeare's The Tempest, COMPLETELY different storyline. Worth the read.
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Caryl Cude Mullin grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She currently lives in Montreal where she works as a teacher, a writer, and an actor.

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