Rough Magic

Rough Magic


By Caryl Cude Mullin


A fantasy novel that answers the question: What happened to the characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest after they left the island?

Out in the midst of the ocean, rising out of the rough seas, lies a mysterious island... It has seen visitors over the years, and has learned to fear them. Humans have done nothing but take, stealing the island’s magic and enslaving its spirits.

Caliban, born to a great sorceress who was marooned on the island’s shores, grew up half-wild with its creatures. Having escaped the island to live amongst kingdoms and courtiers for many years, he now finds himself returning with his young charge Chiara, a girl who has a power within her that no one suspected. Once back on the island they are joined by Calypso, a magical young woman with ties to them all. 

Inspired by The Tempest, Shakespeare's famous play of love, loyalty, and magic, it is the island and its power that draws them all back. But this time the dragon who lives at the bottom of the sea has been awakened and must be satisfied. It will be up to the humans to strike a balance between their power and the natural world.

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About the Author

Caryl Cude Mullin grew up on an island on Canada’s eastern shore, and as a result she developed an abiding fascination with islands and odd characters. She now lives in Montreal, Quebec. Her first fantasy novel was A Riddle of Roses.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 9, 2009

  • $11.95 Paperback

  • 272 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 12-18 / Grades 7-12

  • Guided Reading: Z

  • ISBN: 9781897187630


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Role Models

  • Language Arts
    > Fantasy

  • Environmentalism


  • 2010 Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Award - Children & Young Adult Category Winner

Praise for Rough Magic

"With so many strong women running about and employing dark arts, Rough Magic reads more like The Mists of Avalon than Shakespeare... Mullin’s environmental message of hope and restoration is an enthralling take on the Bard." - Booklist

"This complex, poetic novel with its shifting settings and times (at once both real and imagined) will appeal to sophisticated readers. Highly recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"An absorbing and fascinating re-imagining of Shakespeare's The Tempest... This would be a great companion piece or introduction to Shakespeare. Students could relate to this book and its language while looking at how stories told from other viewpoints can differ dramatically." - Resource Links