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On a day in the early summer of AD 60, a vast Iceni war horde is making its way South through the forests of Britain towards the Roman cities of Colchester and London, intent on slaughter and destruction. They are confident of an overwhelming victory.

In their path lies the villa of a retired soldier, Marcellus Honoratus, and his wife Claudia.

In their path also is an insignificant little Celtic girl, a slave to Claudia, and it is a deadly encounter in these woods with an Iceni war lord which is to turn the course of history.

Ripples from this ancient tragedy reach out to the present day and to Anna Claydon. Anna is a young designer working against time to survey and record a fine Medieval house, built over the remains of an undiscovered villa, before the site disappears under a motorway.

By an original means she finds that she has opened a window to a turbulent past and through it she glimpses a flickering world determined to reveal itself to her. She is being used by Roman Claudia who recognises Anna as her slave - a slave who failed to carry out her last instruction.

Romance, rescue archaeology, buried treasure, ancient curses and a dash of the supernatural with an original twist are the elements that make up this fast- paced and thought-provoking thriller.


Praise for this book

"A pacy and evocative novel." - Jane A Adams

"A compelling tale." - Simon Scarrow

"A gripping read...Unputdownable." - Sally Spedding

Used availability for Barbara Cleverly's An Old Magic

Hardback Editions

October 2003 : UK Hardback

Title: An Old Magic
Author(s): Barbara Cleverly
ISBN: 0-9545866-0-3 / 978-0-9545866-0-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Suffolk Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA