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Magus Of Stonewylde by Kit Berry
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it was ok
bookshelves: 2009-aquisition, fantasy, paganism, stonewylde, reviewed, authors-british, gave-away

I thought this was an interesting and suspenseful read, but at the same time the writing quality seemed to be only so-so. The author is British and it is set in modern Britain. The premise is that Sylvie, a young girl who doesn't fit in, has become very ill. Her doctors believe that she has become ill due to her environment, and simply given up on life. One of the doctors, Hazel says if only you could go to Stonewylde, the isolated country community where she comes from. Sylvie and her mother investigate this and are welcomed into the community. It is a society that has preserved Pagan religion and old farming traditions
and seems like a quaint utopia.
But after a while Sylvie realizes that Stonewylde isn't so perfect- she wonders about the motivations of the Magus who rules it, and gets in trouble for breaking the class divisions by hanging out with a friend.

The problems I saw with it were, the characters were relatively flat, the set up seemed contrived that someone just conveniently mentioned Stonewylde, and they are let in so easily. That a community like that would go undisturbed and unknown for so long is not believable.
It was somewhat reminiscent of the Wicker Man film, though not quite as dark.

For those who are still interested, (and are outside of Britain) since it's a small British press, you may need to either buy it at a New Age/Metaphysical/Pagan shop, or online.
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