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Magus Of Stonewylde by Kit Berry
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Sep 23, 09

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Read in September, 2009

Magus of Stonewylde is the first book in the Stonewylde series by Kit Berry. It opens in the real world - with the noise, pollution and lack of community in the inner cities making young Sylvie ill. But one of her doctors is Hazel, who comes from Stonewylde, and because of Sylvie's unusually blonde hair she and her mother are invited to join the Stonewydle community.

Stonewylde is a closed, rural community in Dorset that has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. The Villagers work the land as their ancestors have, but Sylvie joins the Hallfolk, who have more contact with the Outside World. She and her mother are enchanted by their news lives in this paradise, but when she meets Yul Sylvie realizes that Stonewylde may not be as idyllic as it seems.

Stonewylde is ruled over by Magus, a hugely charismatic and much-loved leader who channels the earth magic that runs through Stonewylde. But does he really have everyone's best interests at heart? As the story unfolds it becomes apparent that human greed and suffering are everywhere in the world, even somewhere as outwardly peaceful as Stonewylde.

This is an absolutely captivating book and I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in fantasy or pagan magic. Kit Berry makes Stonewylde sing, and escaping there will be the highlight of your day.
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