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Magus of Stonewylde by Kit Berry
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Mar 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: all-challenges, contemporary, ebook, fantasy, first-in-series, suspense, ya
Read on April 15, 2012

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 in opposition to the 'poisons' one is surrounded with in a city.
The challenge of finding your place in the world around you.
Trying to fit in and often failing.
Teenage sexuality and the appropriate age for childbirth.
Human sexuality in general.
The clashing of two class systems and the sense of entitlement one of them brings.
Old world vs New world technology and lifestyles.
The question of if the villagers REALLY have a viable alternative to their current life.
What defines intelligence?
Child abuse vs 'discipline'
Punishment standards and the supposed moral superiority of whipping vs imprisonment.
Charismatic leaders and cult mentality

And Probably Many Others....
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04/15/2012 page 104
30.0% "Wow, so far this book is both not what I was expecting and at the same time so much more. There's a very Gothic feel to the story that I wasn't expecting... My mind is racing trying to piece together what all is going on."

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