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Magus of Stonewylde

(Stonewylde #1)

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How far would you go to save your child?

Exhausted single-mum Miranda is prepared to try anything. Suffering from baffling allergies and illnesses, her teenage daughter Sylvie has been written off by doctors. An offer of alternative therapy at a grand Dorset estate may be her last hope and so, against her better judgement, Miranda grabs this life-line.

Stonewylde is a beauti
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Paperback, 341 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Gollancz (first published October 1st 2005)
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Amanda
I honestly don’t know how to review Magus of Stonewylde. I know it is one of the self-publishing phenomena that has now garnered a traditional publishing deal. I know that many people rate the Stonewylde series incredibly highly (of which Magus of Stonewylde is the first). There were many favourable aspects of the book for me, but a lot of it simply didn’t work in my opinion.

I will say that Kit Berry writes with great skill and warmth. Despite my issues with Magus of Stonewylde, I still had an e
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Leila
An easy read and very predictable. Not sure I will be bothering with the second book in the series.
GaryandRuth
Apr 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, paganism, fey
This is the first book in a series of three (although the author does say at the back of the book that there will be five!) centred on the magical village of Stonewylde, hidden within a private estate deep in the heart of Dorset in the West Country. Stonewylde is a pagan community that has survived almost untouched since the Norman Conquest and jealously guards its independence from the outside world. Sylvie and her mother are invited into this community and the story revolves around Sylvie, her ...more
Christopher
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Emma Doughty
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Blodeuedd Finland
There is a hidden place within England, a place of magic where people follow the old ways. And that's where this story takes place.

Sylvie is poisoned by modern society and comes to Stonewylde. She is weak, but she slowly finds strength and her way. Still at one time I did fear her going tstl on me as she become friends with someone she had seen do something bad. But then again she is just that nice.

Yul, is a village boy who I felt sorry for. This is not a nice society. I quickly saw the faults
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Andy Angel
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suzie irby
Wow!! I picked this book up on recommendation from several online book sights, not thinking it would be 'my thing' - and I am so glad I did. You can pick up the general gist of the story from other reviews on here so I'll concentrate on the writing. In a nutshell, Kit Berry's narrative skills blew me away.
The descriptions of the people, environs and flora and fauna of Stonewylde mean you don't just read this book you live it. Ms Berry obviously has a feel for the 'old ways' and Pagan beliefs bec
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Hannah (Sakurahan or ForeverBooks18)
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Maria (Discuss It Book Group)
After beating `Anansi Boys` and `Oranges are not the Only Fruit` in the January 2011 vote, this was the first indie novel which Discuss It Book Group selected as our main read. It received mixed reviews though provoked a very interesting discussion earning an overall group rating of 3.4 out of 5.

`Anansi Boys`:

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To add my personal review:

Short review:

Magus of Stonewylde: An interesting combination of eco-conscious, contemporary fiction and subtle, pagan-theme
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Percy Pendred
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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P.M.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Sylvie is dying because she is allergic to the modern world. When her doctor suggests time at a country estate, Sylvie's mom jumps at the chance. Stonewylde is insulated from the modern world and exists in a pre-Christian, medieval time loop. Sylvie is fascinated by the sullen Villager boy Yul and befriends him which leads to mayhem. This is the first book in a series which I will probably not pursue. The title character Magus is either eerily creepy or creepily eerie but he is a master of child ...more
Gary Colcombe
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paganism, fey, fiction
This is the first book in a series of three (although the author does say at the back of the book that there will be five!) centred on the magical village of Stonewylde, hidden within a private estate deep in the heart of Dorset in the West Country. Stonewylde is a pagan community that has survived almost untouched since the Norman Conquest and jealously guards its independence from the outside world. Sylvie and her mother are invited into this community and the story revolves around Sylvie, her ...more
Carole-Ann
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-goodies, fantasy
Previously printed as a self-publish book in 2005, this story fits in well with current YA genres.

Stonewylde is a gated manorial village in Dorset on the south coast of England. Sylvie and her mother move there to help cure Sylvie of her allergies to towns and 'normal' living, and she meets Yul, a villager, who always seems to be in trouble. However, Magus, the Lord of the Manor, forbids their association, and the story is about how Sylvie and Yul persevere in their friendship.

Stonewylde, its Vi
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Lucy Powrie
You can read more of my reviews at Queen of Contemporary

Lying in a hospital bed, on the verge between life and death, it is clear that Sylvie doesn’t have long left. With allergies, painful eczema and asthma, she is pushing the twenty-first century away and the environment in which she lives in is killing her. But then she is offered a lifeline. Deep in the heart of rural Dorset, the walled community of Stonewylde could offer Sylvie comfort in her last days, or even promise to heal her…
As my fav
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Freya
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Beth (bibliobeth)
Aimed at the young adult sector this is a good story with interesting characters and a decent plot. Very pagan and nature orientated. Will probably read the next one in the series.
Chrissi
I really enjoyed this book. It is intended for young adults. The story is gripping and I think I will read the other books in the series.
Lioba
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
The book Magus of Stonewylde is written by Kit Berry. I bought this book because the cover caught my attention.

Cover The cover shows you a mysterious place in nature. A shadowy boy and a raven are also visible on the front of the book. The cover made me really curious about the story. It gave me a mysterious and magical feeling. After reading the book I do understand the cover a little bit more. You will get to know the meaning of the raven and the meaning of the magical place that is visible o
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Book Vamp Jade Williams
OK what to say about this book....

The Heroine Sylvie, who has hair that looks silver and steely grey eyes, starts out weak and you wonder is this another girl choosing between the bad boy and the good guy?

I love Kit Berry for not making it about that!!!

In this Novel the lines of good and evil are drawn quite early but it is immediately established that for there to be light there also needs to be darkness as light cannot survive without darkness and vice versa.

So since I don't want to give to
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Rob Damon
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Not your average YA novel. Set in a cut off region of England, this story’s setting is surreal, vivid, and wild. Although set in the present day, we are no longer in the modern world as Sylvie, a young girl suffering from a debilitating illness, is taken to Stonewylde where she can be reinvigorated with all of Mother Earth’s replenishing energies.

There she meets Yul, a young village boy, who is punished daily, often whipped and beaten by his father, as well as by Magus – the great leader, and by
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Mariah
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 in ...more
Margaret
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Pagan fiction and thriller.
I first heard about this book after I had been searching on Amazon one day for pagan novels, when this book was recomended. I looked at the reviews and saw how much people loved it and so purchased it.

I found myself unable to put the book down. I was gripped from page one and I totally loved the story. As I read I was able to easily visualize the characters in the book, and the environmental surrounding and I felt at home reading it.

I loved reading about the paganism within this book which I fel
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Rebecca
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book may at first reading seem to be directed more towards the teenage reader but it deals with some deep adult issues of power, ove, freedom, rules of society, right and wrong and more importantly childhood. This of course is all discussed through some very fascinating characters (although having read first person narrators for so long it took me a while to adjust to this omniscient narrator) and set within the 'backwards' seeming village society and reclusive world of Stonewylde. A place ...more
Vivienne
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've heard many good things about this series by Kit Berry from friends in the Pagan and Wiccan communities. I also did meet her at the 40th Anniversary Pagan Federation Conference so she certainly is the real deal in terms of knowledge (and likley experience) about modern paganism and witchcraft. She has used that background to weave a dark fantasy about a community cut off from the modern world and the events that take place when a young woman and her mother come to stay there from the 'Outsid ...more
Wildbriar

Magus of Stonewylde, you have the honour of being my first 2012 book. But I wish I'd started the year off on a better note. This is a book I disliked on two main levels:

1. It's not badly written as such. It's just disgustingly, sickeningly sweet, a lot of the nature/magic words repeated ad nauseam. What was quite an interesting story was drowned in a dripping syrupy goo of pagan rituals and nature-loving. It's a shame, because the prose actually does conjure up quite vivid pictures, it's just a
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Heather
Death to cliffhanger endings!

Wow. This book was really good. There was a level of emotion infused within the writing that bordered on uncomfortable. The number of issues tackled in this series is amazing, especially in how none of them come off as trite. Each of the characters has a distinct personality, from the main characters to the passing villagers. These personalities all try to work with the others but in the end the vast differences are only more apparent.

Issues:
The idea of a clean life
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Big Book Little Book
After meeting Kit Berry at a creative writing workshop and hearing about her Stonewylde series, I was excited and interested to start reading the books.

Stonewylde is a book about a critically ill 14 year old, Sylvie, who lives in the big city. She gets rescued by Magus of Stonewylde who takes her back to Stonewylde, the most beautiful place on earth. But after a while, she finds that everything is not as it seems. With twists and turns along the way, this shocking tale holds a suprise in every c
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Sara
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as the book selection in the Pagan group here on Goodreads, as I wanted to participate in the discussion. I've also been looking for some good and interesting pagan fiction to read. Initially, this captured my attention, however as I got deeper and deeper into the book, I became less and less interested. I did manage to finish it. It was interesting for the ways in which it threaded pagan, mostly Celtic, tradition through the work. The struggle between the young boy and the establish ...more
Selah
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that I absolutely love to read.

I suppose this is quite simply targeted at young adults, though. You might refer to other reviews that state how utterly predictable this is for adults.

Well, for me, the greatest appeal is the poetic language. Okay, it might've seemed excessive at times but I just love how beautiful it sounds. The characters are lovely too: I felt for Yul and I liked Sylvie's mysticality. Yeah, their relationship is predictable, but... hey, they have their
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P.J. Roscoe
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd never read this type of book before and was given it by a friend. She was surprised that as a Pagan, I had not heard of it! As I began to read, I understood why. I could understand every reference to paganism and felt a connection to each celebration. As I had been told it was a young adult book, I wasn't sure what to expect, but found it quite 'adult' enough without going over board and the darkness was extremely disturbing as the place which begins as a paradise, quickly is seen for what i ...more
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