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Magus of Stonewylde

Kit Berry

Sylvie is dying. A victim of crippling allergies, poisoned by the pollution and chemicals of modern life, Sylvie is trapped in a hospital bed while her mother and doctors watch her life slipping away. But one of them offers her a chance. There’s an alternative community – Stonewylde – hidden away behind high boundary walls in a corner of Dorset. If their leader, the charismatic Magus, would let Sylvie visit then perhaps the clean air and green lifestyle may restore her vitality. Or at least give her some measure of peace before she dies. It’s a chance, and when Sylvie and her mother take it, they find themselves in a haven of tranquillity and beauty.
But it’s not all idyllic. The Magus sends a moody, secretive Village boy to work in their garden as a punishment. He warns them to stay away from him – he’s rebellious and in deep trouble. But Sylvie is curious about Yul and, as their forbidden friendship grows, she sees that all is not quite as it seems at Stonewylde. Why was she told to keep away from Yul – and why are she and her mother so drawn to the Magus? Is the crone on the hill really a powerful wise-woman, or just a crazed old hag bent on destroying the peace with her wild prophecies? And what exactly is the magical secret at the heart of this seemingly perfect community?

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 chapter.

I loved this book a lot. My favourite thing about it is the storyline and the actual place of Stonewylde is very creative. I loved Yul who is my favourite character, because he’s a mysterious boy who holds a lot of secrets and bad memories. I cannot wait to get stuck in into the second book.

Verdict: A great storyline.

Reviewed by Dan(13)

Publisher: Gollancz
Publication Date: May 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Genre: Fantasy, Paganism, Romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Dan (13)
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: Debut Author
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What: Creative writing workshop.

Who: Kit Berry

Where: Waterstones 

When: 25th August 2011

Why: To Promote The Stonewylde Series:
Stonewylde is an alternative community, hidden away in the heart of Dorset and ruled by the charismatic Magus. It’s a place of standing stones and earth energy – a place where the old ways are remembered. Within a great stone circle the eight pagan festivals are celebrated and ancient rites performed. The thirteen full moons are honoured and the people live natural and uncomplicated lives, as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years.
But all is not quite as it seems. There’s another side to Stonewylde; a darker side where cruelty is rife. There’s a more sinister purpose behind the rituals held in the Stone Circle than simply honouring the Earth Goddess and the elements of nature. Sylvie and her mother are invited into the community, victims of modern life. Suffering from the stresses of inner city life, they believe that by entering the enclosed world of Stonewylde, their troubles will be over. Magus promises them fulfilment; that they will lack for nothing. He promises to heal them and care for them, calling on the green magic that pervades everything at Stonewylde. But one boy alone understands the true reason for their invitation, and what malevolence their arrival has triggered.
As the series unfolds, the struggle between Yul and his master becomes more brutal and the stakes are raised. Sylvie is in terrible danger as an old prophecy is revealed and the pieces of the puzzle start to slide into place. Sylvie and Yul must battle not only to save themselves, but the very heart of Stonewylde.

My brother Jack and I attended a writer’s workshop at Waterstone’s in Guildford. It was hosted by Kit Berry who is the author of the Stonewylde series. Kit has just released her fourth book called Shadows of Stonewylde. The first book in the series is entitled Magus of Stonewylde followed by Moondance of Stonewylde and Solstice at Stonewylde. Kit used to be a teacher and began writing the books in her forties.

There were about ten of us in total who got to meet Kit Berry. First of all she introduced herself and the books that she had written. Her newest book has just been released in the last two weeks. The books are about a ‘hidden community’ called Stonewylde which is in Dorset. Sylvie and her mother go there as Sylvie is very ill and needs a place to heal and recuperate. But there are secrets at Stonewylde and all is not as it seems. These books are full of magic and mystery and I’m looking forward to reading them.

Kit then showed us how to expand events in our lives into possibilities for book ideas. She drew a map of her home and the area around it and listed some things that had happened around there and also some events that she had included in her book. Next she got us to do the same; to draw a map of our house or school or somewhere we had been and list out strange events that could be expanded into a possible story or smaller parts of stories. We all shared our ideas. She then took questions and signed our new Stonewylde books.

Verdict: I bought the first three books in the series and am starting to read them tonight! This was a good event, I enjoyed it.

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