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Old Magic (Bloomsbury Paperback) [Paperback]

Marianne Curley
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23 April 2001
When Kate first sees Jarrod she senses that he is special and that like her, he has magical powers. But she also knows he is completely unaware of his gift and will be difficult to persuade. Kate's grandmother realises that Jarrod and his family have an ancient curse placed upon them which they must tackle before Jarrod's life, along with the lives of his parents and little brother, can become happy, peaceful and free of the troubles that have plagued them. He must learn to use his gift, and when he does, Kate and Jarrod find themselves in a time hundreds of years old, and very very far from home pitched in the greatest battle of their lives. A fabulous book with the perfect combination of pace, intrigue, suspense, utterly entrancing characters, and romance.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Re-issue Paperback edition (23 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747551707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747551706
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for 'Old Magic': 'A confident debut that announces the arrival of a bright, lively new voice' TES Praise for 'The Named': 'Another gripping teenage novel from the author of Old Magic. Once more Marianne Curley pulls off a thrilling, complicated and magical story while keeping a firm grip on the reality of present day life' Irish Independent 'Marianne Curley's second novel, "The Named", succeeds in combining the contemporary with the historical in this lively, eventful adventure' The Bookseller 'This pacy, contemporary mix of action, suspense and fiery relationships is cleverly calculated to appeal to both boys and girls' Books Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Marianne Curley has a fresh, compelling style and is an exciting addition to the Bloomsbury list. This is her first book. Marianne lives in Australia with her three children.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curley creates pure magic. 18 May 2003
Format:Paperback
When i first picked up Old Magic, a gift from a friend, I was a little skeptical about reading it. All too many times have I read fiction books about Wicca or Witchcraft and often the lack of realism and accuracy annoys me greatly. Fiction books have long given witchcraft a bad name, so I was somewhat apprehensive.
Once I started to read it, however, I didn't put it down until I had finished it. Curley manages to draw you into Kate and Jarrod's world without having to describe it in depth. And the references to witchcraft are suprisingly accurate, I was amazed in fact at how close to real life a lot of it was.
Whether you believe in magic or not, however, Kate is instantly a character you respect and like, and Jarrod's clumsy side is both funny and adorable. The chemistry between them is apparent, but its done so in such a subtle way you feel as though you are standing right next to the characters, relating to them and sensing the atmosphere first-hand.
The way the story unfolds is clever, the twist at the end being totally unexpected, and the romantic side is so realistic that you are very much pulled right in to the book. The emotions are so heart-felt and true to character, and the way that both Kate and Jarrod get a say makes it work even better.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but be warned, once you pick it up, you won't put it down for hours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curley creates pure magic. 18 May 2003
Format:Paperback
When i first picked up Old Magic, a gift from a friend, I was a little skeptical about reading it. All too many times have I read fiction books about Wicca or Witchcraft and often the lack of realism and accuracy annoys me greatly. Fiction books have long given witchcraft a bad name, so I was somewhat apprehensive.
Once I started to read it, however, I didn't put it down until I had finished it. Curley manages to draw you into Kate and Jarrod's world without having to describe it in depth. And the references to witchcraft are suprisingly accurate, I was amazed in fact at how close to real life a lot of it was.
Whether you believe in magic or not, however, Kate is instantly a character you respect and like, and Jarrod's clumsy side is both funny and adorable. The chemistry between them is apparent, but its done so in such a subtle way you feel as though you are standing right next to the characters, relating to them and sensing the atmosphere first-hand.
The way the story unfolds is clever, the twist at the end being totally unexpected, and the romantic side is so realistic that you are very much pulled right in to the book. The emotions are so heart-felt and true to character, and the way that both Kate and Jarrod get a say makes it work even better.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but be warned, once you pick it up, you won't put it down for hours.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
If you enjoy fantasy adventure then you will love this book. It has everything - magic, romance, time travel, action and history. It's a heart warming story that follows two teenagers, Kate and Jarrod, living in small town Australia. Kate has magic powers and is a social outcast. Jarrod is the new boy in town who is followed by incredible bad luck wherever he goes caused, Kate discovers, by a curse against his family that has its origins in Medieval Britain. Kate and Jarrod are thrown back in time where they have to fight against all odds to stop the curse and save Jarrod's family from destruction. I absolutely loved this book and didn't want it to finish. It is extremely well written, full of excitment and yet very touching. Make sure you read it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've Ever Read! 29 July 2005
Format:Paperback
My Mom bought me this book a few years ago and I just put it on my bookshelf. But the other night I couldn't sleep so I was looking for a boring book to read to put me to sleep, and I picked up "Old Magic." This book was anything but boring! In fact, I got so engulfed in the plot, that I stayed up the whole night just to read it! I didn't let myself sleep until the next morning, when I had finished it!
I was expecting it to be a childrens book, but I'm 17 and thoroughly enjoyed it! The book is beautifully written, in the style of alternate chapters being seen through the eyes of one of the two main characters, Jarrod or Kate.
It left me wanting more! I'm planning to buy Marianne Curley's "Guardians Of Time" trilogy when I get some money.
Read it and see how great it is for yourself!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best i've ever read 5 April 2006
Format:Paperback
this book is one of those books that you can just read and read again and again. you're always finding something new to keep you interested. the first time i read this book i read it in one sitting, it gripped me from start to finish i couldn't stop for anything as stupid as food when i wanted to know what was going to happen to Jarrod and Kate.
The beginning of the book in modern times is brilliant and really gets you to grips with the characters but it's the switch to the past that keeps you in this books clutches. Trust me you wont put it down.
Dont be put off by the supposed age range for this book, i'm 18 now and still love reading this book, the characters are complex and well thought out. This isn't just some silly fantasy but a real rollercoaster of an emotional journey through their lives. Please pick up and enjoy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story of Magic and Love.
'I recall the look in Rhauk's eyes the moment he spotted Kate. It will stay with me forever, carved into my brain like an engraving on a headstone. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted the kindle edition
Loved her books for years and requested it on kindle ages ago, I downloaded a copy as soon as I was notified it was online, a great book that really does draw you into the story,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. D. M. J. Bass
4.0 out of 5 stars Would try this author again
Good story line but definitely aimed more at teenagers. Still an enjoyable read and I would try something from this author again.
Published 23 months ago by TJS
4.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied
I purchased this book for one of my grandchildren for Christmas. After reading through the book I am sure it will be enjoyed time after time by all the family.
Published on 8 Oct 2012 by Mrs. Fanning
5.0 out of 5 stars woahh didnt expect thatt!
Sooo good had me captivated from the start definately a page turner. The plot is soo unque and loving historical set books this was amazing really best of both worlds. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Mari
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Magic
Kate is 15 and a trainee witch. Raised by her grandmother, Jillian, who is a true user of 'Old Magic', she can do small things like sensing peoples moods and moving objects, but... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to read again and again...
I remember being given this book as a 14th birthday present, I didnt particuly like the look of it so it got stuffed on my book shelf for another year. Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by R. Callan
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Magic - Marianne Curley - A good read!
A lovely story of mystery, adventure and romance - all three rolled into one!

Kate is an unusual young lady with supernatural powers, who doesn't fit in at school and is... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2010 by Herbie
3.0 out of 5 stars frustrating
I have always found Marianne Curley's book's a strange combination of compeling and frustrating.Old magic which is her fourth book after the key,the dark and the named see's you... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Paula Coulter
5.0 out of 5 stars Old magic - Yay.
I received the book quickly and was pleased by its condition. As good as new!! My daughter will love it. xxx
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by Ms. A. Flynn
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