US Old Magic will be released in the Summer of 2022
About Old Magic
Old Magic was first published in the year 2000, by Bloomsbury Publishing London, in the UK, Australia and New Zealand; and also in the USA by Simon & Schuster, and has been translated into more than 12 international languages.
Kate is at a loss. She meets a boy with curious powers and a bizarre history – but he thinks he is very ordinary. How can she convince him that he has a gift, a gift that he must use to unravel mysteries that have hung over his family for generations? And even if she does persuade him, will his talents prove powerful enough to overcome what lies ahead?
Old Magic is published by Simon & Schuster, website link below, and is available in e-book format from most online stores.
Video on You Tube called One Love to Give – Kate and Jarrod by MundaneMuggle – See other videos she has produced.
Kate & Jarrod Video – Old Magic Fan Video
VOYA 2010 – “Having grown up with her grandmother Jillian, a practicing witch and healer, sixteen-year-old Kate recognizes power when she sees it. So when newly arrived Jarrod unleashes a windstorm in biology class, Kate steps in, calms him down, and gets him out of there before anyone else realizes what has happened. What surprises her, however, is how oblivious he is to his power and to the curse of disorder and disaster that has dogged his family for centuries. Not only that, but Jarrod is also angrily adamant that magic does not exist. As evidence to the contrary mounts, Jarrod decides to accept Jillian’s help, and Kate and Jarrod travel back in time to 1252 to the English castle of Thorntyne and Jarrod’s ancestors, Lord Richard and his estranged half-brother, the sorcerer Rhauk. There Jarrod must overcome his reluctance to claim his power, or Kate will die at Rhauk’s hands and neither will see their present-day families again. Alternating narration between Kate and Jarrod, this novel provides dual perspectives on reality and relationships in a tale where the known competes with the unexpected and reason wars with emotion. With a solid story comprised of several age-old themes of fantasy and adventure as well as a savvy female nudging a clueless male protagonist into claiming his birthright, the book will appeal to young readers interested in magic, adventure and budding romance.”
“** spoiler alert ** I read this book almost ten years ago, but I still count it at the very, very top of my list of favorite books. There are a number of authors and books that have helped build my reading preferences, but “Old Magic” is the book that created my preference of Young Adult fiction. This book sets a bar that I judge almost every book I read by. Marianne Curley has written a novel that to this day I can describe in vivid detail, partially because this boos, the Harry Potter series, and The Hunger Games trilogy are the only books I crave to read over and over. This is a book about magic–original, imagination commanding magic–that stays on track, that goes just far enough, but not too far into the land of the fantastical. This is a book about love–heart-wrenching, knee-shaking love–that holds back the absolutely perfect amount, that is so realistic and astonishing when set against the back drop of the world and powers Curley creates. This is a book full of characters, stories, and lives that come to life with every turn of the page. Unlike other Young Adult authors (who shall not be named in this review), the author creates characters so intensely fitting, so true to the story–but without being perfect. The characters has real flaws, the characters have real lives, the characters have real and raw emotions; all of which ooze within the book’s pages. This is not a novel that involves intervention and magical means for no reason, the characters aren’t just thrown together–Jarrod seeks Kate and her grandmother out with purpose. Kate genuinely cares and falls for him in a true to life fashion–she doesn’t become obsessed with no cause. And Jarrod seeks popularity and acceptance the way any teen who has moved to a new town will relate to. The curse is a tale passed down generations, the same as stories in everyone’s family. And Kate and her grandmother agree to help–not because Kate has a crush, but because it is their job, their passion and purpose to help people with their talents. Even the aspects that take place in the past keep true to the story, true to the vulnerability and raw feelings that the characters (and most people) have at all times. When I first read “Old Magic” I would feel build-ups to many moments and climaxes of the plot, thinking at first that it would be a predictable, one-size-fits-ass story line. It wasn’t. Curley maintains the base of the people she has invented, in another book it would be certain that the young couple, ripe with new feelings and freedom in the past, would be met with amazing things, and would fall deeply in love within moments of landing. But Jarrod and Kate spend their first moments in the mud, their first night on a hay bed filled with lice and bugs. Their closeness that takes place is the proper style for them.
This review may sound a little laudable–but I assure you, this book is moving, it pulls you in and stays in your mind for years.”
Review:School Library Journal, Molly S Kinney, for Gr 7-9, 1st May, 2002 – “When Jarrod Thornton walks into the classroom, Kate Warren instantly senses that he is as different as she is. In anger, he unknowingly unleashes a storm in the science lab and Kate realizes that he has exceptional paranormal abilities that exceed her own. As an uneasy friendship forms, she helps Jarrod confront and internalize his talents. With her grandmother’s help, the teens journey back to the Middle Ages and break the curse that has controlled the Thornton family for generations. On one level, this is a story about paranormal abilities, curses, and time travel. Deeper, it’s an account of feeling different, friendship, and acceptance. The story is much like a train ride. The plot is fast and smooth and the characters’ developing friendship is akin to the train’s slowing and coming to a station stop. However, the language derails it until readers become used to the “Aussie-isms” throughout the text. (There is a glossary at the back of the book, but it is not all-inclusive.) It is obvious that Curley researched the architecture, peoples, and customs of the Middle Ages, and she skillfully integrates this information into the story. The characters are believable and are the strength of this first novel. While the message that it’s all right to be different and to accept yourself for who you are is evident throughout, it’s not overly dominant. Curley is definitely an author to watch. (Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 5, p148)
Five Starred Review in Barnes & Noble by: paws1985, 21st March, 2009 “I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. While I know some people don’t like stories that switch from person to person on who is telling the story, this book does an excellent job switching between Kate and Jarrod’s perspectives and the events that happen to them. If you like magic and fantasy I highly recommend Old Magic.”
Four Starred Review in Barnes & Noble by: jmbownes, 27th September, 2011 “Very fun read – These are real teenagers, not glitzy Hollywood phonies. They may be facing mystical problems, but there actions and reactions seem realistic and believable. I had a lot of fun reading this one!”
Jul 14, 2013 Dearne rated it 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads “I really loved this book! I came across it when I was in high school and I thought hmm why not. and I loved it so much 🙂 I don’t remember when I read it but I’m guessing it was 2009.”
I loved this book. So different from other similar themed books. The only thing that could make this book better would be a sequel.
Old Magic was my first published book and holds a special place in my heart. Thank you so much for your comments. With so many paranormal books out there it’s heartening and just plain awesome to be told Old Magic is different.
All the best
I agree with Feren, This book is one of my top favorites! I come back to it over and over again, and every time I find something new to love!
PS, I would so love that sequel!
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Hi Kayla, thanks so much for your comment about Old Magic, it’s always held something magical for me too. I still think of Jillian’s house as I imagined it with Kate’s bedroom upstairs and the store in front, with Kate and Jarrod inside it, or in the past in Jarrod’s cousin’s castle, or Rhauk’s. Hmm, I think I need to read that book again!
Hi is there going to be more to that story
Thanks for asking, but at this time I have no plans to write more of the story of Kate and Jarrod. I hope I haven’t disappointed you too much. If you’re looking for another book to read after Old Magic, my Guardians of Time series, starting with The Named, could make a great follow-up as it also has time travel.
Discovered this book old magic in my second hand shop.Easy to read. Read it in two evenings. Thought it was for a younger audience which when looking into you the author i see it was but still kept me sell bound.Love anything to do with witch craft.
Hi J(UK) thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed my first published book. Old Magic has been read by all ages that I know of, from nine to 95.
I really loved this book. I told everyone i Know to read this book i love old magic!!!!!!!!!
Hello, I am currently reading your book Old Magic for school. I love your book because with every turn of a page something extraordinary happens. I hope to write books like you and I have already started.How did you come up with the idea for the book? Why do you want to write for young people? Thanks for your time.
Thank you ,
Thanks for your comment. It’s lovely to hear you’re reading my book Old Magic for school and that you are enjoying it so much. When I started thinking about writing this book, I had the idea in my head for a while that I wanted to write a book about a strong female character who could work magic and was comfortable with it, and a boy who was extremely uncomfortable with the idea of magic. And in the mix between them I wanted there to be a curse. The story evolved from there.
Why do I want to write for young people? I started out writing for young people because I had two young teenage girls at the time and I wanted to write for them. It soon became a passion for me to write a book that can bring a reader some time out from their everyday situations. I write for young people to entertain, to educate, to bring situations they could be experiencing in their own lives into my characters to see that they’re not alone, to feel a companionship with the characters as if they are friends with them. That’s why I like to make my characters as realistic as the boy or girl next door. The teen years are a vulnerable age where the mind is still expanding and growing, and if my books can help shape those minds to become well-rounded, imaginative minds of the future, that is very satisfying to me.
All the best
I just reread Old Magic after years since the last time. Still one of my favorites. I know you’ve said you don’t have plans to tell more of their story, and I understand completely, but it still makes me sad–only because I could hang out with them forever. Even doing nothing. After I finished it this time I could see there being some short, informal, stories on them coming from you. Akin to Diane Duane’s advent calendars. Nothing big or to be published in a book. However, I know I’m entirely selfish in wanting this. You don’t have to write down their stories to know them and spend time with them, and I’m jealous of you.
Anyway, thank you for writing such a magnificent and perfect book. I’m really looking forward to your next works (especially GoT book four!!!). Sorry for my rambling.
All my love,
I lived with Kate and Jarrod for quite a while and I can relate to that sad feeling of having to let characters go. I remember some special books doing that to me, and still do. I hate to disappoint you, but I do feel that Kate and Jarrod went to the dance together and are still happily together today. Thank you for your ideas for some short spinoff stories. I may be doing something like that with the GoT books, a few novellas like Ethan’s rescue of King Richard, the love story of the triplet Immortals’ parents, but time will tell on how this plan goes. First I have to finish GoT Book Four and it’s almost there.
All the best
I’m happy I found your novel in the library, I’ve read your novel in Dutch first (the orange cover) and I’ve also reread it in English. Time travel and magic have also been my favourite topics in stories.
I also enjoy how you ended the book.
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Thanks for writing. It must have been lovely to find the new edition in your library. You must be quite talented to be able to read in two languages. Thank you for liking my ending. That’s great to hear. Have a good day! Cheers.