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Moondance of Stonewylde Hardcover – 2 Jun 2011


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575100419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575100411
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3.1 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kit Berry lived in Dorset for many years, where she worked as a school teacher and brought up three sons. She was inspired by the beauty of the landscape and her interest in folklore and earth-based spirituality to write the Stonewylde Series.

The first three novels in this five book series were originally self-published and achieved such success that in 2010 the rights to the series were bought by Orion. Under their Gollancz imprint, they re-published the first three books and then the final two. All five Stonewylde novels are now available, including an omnibus e-book.

Kit gives talks at literary festivals and book groups, and runs creative writing workshops in secondary schools and for adults. Details of her events, and the story behind Stonewylde, can be found on www.stonewylde.com.

Following her second marriage, Kit moved to Berkshire where she lives with her husband and animals. She's now working on a new project - an adult historical novel. Broadly following the themes in The Tempest, this story is set on the Isle of Portland during the English Civil War.





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A fantastic read. I really felt like I knew the characters in this book, and I felt their pain and hopelessness at the situation they were in. I felt anger, worry, frustration; all manner of emotions as I was reading this. I still feel it, because their journey hasn¿t finished yet, and I have no idea what will happen to them next. If a book can make me feel so passionately, I know it must be good. (BOOK CHICK CITY) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Deep in the green hills of Dorset lies a hidden community of secrets, passion and fatal conflict . . . and all will be revealed by moonlight . . .

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Wiscombe on 7 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
Hey, what a really great read. To be honest I'd lost interest in reading mainstream books over the last few years, even Booker prize winners have been cast aside after a few pages as I wasn't finding anything new or inspiring in them. Not so the first two books of the Stonewylde series. I don't believe in `dark forces' and magic but something deep within me is fed by the story-telling. The warmth, love and caring between hero and heroine, I find reflects the nature of our souls and who we really are. The Villagers and their way of life with their sense of community, respect for the land and their fellows, their willingness to work hard and the acknowledgement of the unseen energies that govern their lives, all created a yearning in me for something that appears to be missing and unrecognised in the way we are living out our lives. Balanced against the Hallfolk and Magus who represent and epitomise our egocentric lifestyles, Yul and Sylvie seem to represent our soul yearnings, aching to be heard and to win over against the noise, emptiness and turmoil of our ego's. And like soul vs ego, is the winner in doubt? I guess I'll have to wait for the story to unfold!

I also liked the fact that here is a story with substance without the need for blatant, in-yer-face killing, blood, gore and sex that most books these days seem to require. Hoorah! And I really do think the books would make a great film series and put something on the big screen that Hollywood is looking for. Good enough to challenge Lord of the Rings methinks! Thank you so much, Kit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Tomlinson on 23 July 2009
Format: Paperback
WOW! An absolute corker of a book! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! Please read Magus of Stonewylde first as this is the second book in the series.

The story continues of yul, slyvie, Magus and the fight for the moonmagic.
More characters are introduced and we get a even better feel for the community of stonewylde. Just reading the third book Solstice at Stonewylde. Believe me it gets better and better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SKAE1 on 7 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
I wish I had been able to read these books when I was a teenage girl, I would have loved them. They are still great now at the age of 33 but I'd have identified with Sylvie a lot when I was younger.

Kit Berry paints a remarkably vivid picture of Stonewylde, the way she describes the animals and surroundings reminded me of The Little White Horse, which also had its darker aspects and ancient battles, as well as excellent characters which leave a lasting impression - as these books do.

It is bang up to date with its themes and plotlines - especially all the angst you go through while growing up - and the pains parents go through too!

Sylvie is a great heroine - but the male characters are very well written too and Yule is a great hero - you really feel like you know him and feel for him.

There is a real dark side to these books but that is also part of their appeal - they are genuinely scary and hard to put down.

I would recommend them especially for teenagers but they are a great read whatever age you are. Kit Berry has a great raw talent and writes from the heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 1 Jun 2011
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The second in the Stonewylde series, 'Moondance' continues the story where 'Magus' left off. It's a lot darker in places but the characters are much more developed - we see more of Sylvie and Yul's relationship and although I like this one best as Yul doesn't suffer as much physically, Kit Berry builds the tension between them and Magus till right at the end with a huge cliffhanger that will make you long to read the next one!

For me , the highlight is seeing how the Stonewylders celebrate more of the 8 festivals, notably Lammas and Mabon. Kit has visualised and written so vividly about how the harvest is gathered and how to celebrate at the cricket match, how the apples are gathered in autumn and turned into cider. The Stonewylde world is so well described in this novel - if you weren't hooked by now, you will be!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E.R.P on 21 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
Wow! This author just keeps getting better and better!

After reading the first book, we were made to wait a year to find out what happens to Sylivie, Yul and Magus but it was worth the wait.

Unusually, the second book continues straight on from the first but this works well and you can tell that the third book is really going to climax what has happened to the characters to date. From the first page, you are drawn into the mystical world of the Villagers and Hallfolk spinning their magic and as you read, the atmosphere and feelings between the three main characters intensifies to a point where you can almost feel the earth and moon energy coming of the pages.

With prophecies and revelations, the next book is set to be evern more spell binding!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gillian on 16 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the right time of the year to be reading this book, if you love the celebrations of the summer season and the harvesting of Earth's bounty, all of which are described to perfection in Kit Berry's second book in the Stonewylde series. However, not everything is sunshine and light. Having previously set the scene of life in this enclosed community, now the dark side of the story begins to unfold and you are taken on a rollercoaster ride of shock as the true nature of the community's leader, Magus, becomes increasingly apparent. No gentle descent to the end of this ride, however. The last few pages leave you with a real cliff-hanger, wondering how the young lad, Yul, will possibly survive what appears to be a desperate life-threatening situation.
A word of advice: Don't take this book on holiday with you, unless you have also bought the third book in the series, Solstice at Stonewylde, or your summer vacation could be ruined wondering what happens to young Yul!
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