Magus Of Stonewylde, Stonewylde Series Book 1. This is the first title in a series of five. Stonewylde is an alternative community, a vast country estate hidden away in Dorset and enclosed behind high boundary walls.
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Magus Of Stonewylde

Magus Of Stonewylde

Stonewylde Series Book 1

"Magus of Stonewylde" is the first title in a series of five. Stonewylde is an alternative community, a vast country estate hidden away in Dorset and enclosed behind high boundary walls. Ruled by the charismatic Magus, life here is simple and seems idyllic.

Into this magical world come Sylvie and her mother, trying to escape the stresses of modern inner-city life. Sylvie suffers from chronic eczema and a strange malaise, but soon begins to heal in the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful Dorset countryside.

She and her mother are entranced, both by their new life in a place where time seems to have stood still, and by their attractive benefactor. But then Sylvie befriends Yul, a dark and rebellious Village lad, and slowly she begins to see that Stonewylde, and particularly Magus, are not quite what they appeared to be. Why is Yul so damaged? What secret is he trying to protect? And is the old crone on the hill a powerful wise-woman or simply a demented hag bent on destroying the equilibrium with her wild prophecies?

Sylvie and her mother Miranda are initiated into the community at Beltane, which is celebrated in a great Stone Circle hidden amongst the oak trees. They take part in the pagan festivals that are an element of everyday life here, and Miranda is introduced to the full moon rituals by Magus himself. Sylvie has her own problems to contend with at the full moon, which has always affected her in a strange way. She discovers a special standing stone where the hares dance to the moon and with Yul's help realises that she is in fact moongazy.

But this brings the wrath of two men on Yul's head, and the boy is taken away for punishment of a barbaric kind. Sylvie must learn to fight, and Yul must learn to bide his time. As the young pair's friendship deepens into something more, Miranda realises she is expecting Magus' child. The old crone's ramblings take on a new meaning and Sylvie realises the full extent of Magus' ruthlessness, and just how much danger Yul is in. Only she can save him. If not, the boy will be destroyed by the dark forces that Magus has at his command.

The Magus of Stonewylde: A Review By Ryewolf

Kit Berry's words draw you into the seemingly idyllic and magical world of Stonewylde, the story moves along at a fast pace, introducing you to the main characters Sylvie and Yul as their lives are thrown together in this isolated community. Fate, it seems, has plans for Sylvie and Jul, as reluctant hero and heroine and as the prophecy unfolds their struggle against the forces of darkness becomes one of desperate survival.

The story has its light side, the descriptions of the pagan festivals celebrated by the village community fill you with energy and magic, it is a story of love; not just of your fellow man but of the whole of the environment. Yet beneath the simplistic lifestyle, there is a dark brooding malevolence and violence that threatens to overwhelm and destroy the community.

Once I picked this book up to read, I couldn't put it down until I had finished it; it is a thoroughly enjoyable book from a new author and all credit to Kit Berry for blending all the right ingredients that make for a cracking good story. The first book ends with a climax that leaves you desperately wanting more, so much so that I immediately ordered the second in the series.

Magus Of Stonewylde Comments And Ratings

Current Rating 2.50/5 stars
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Comments

This is a really excellent series of books from a new author. The fourth instalment in the Stonewylde saga is out soon.

Posted by: Ryewolf on 06/07/2011

 

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