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5.0 out of 5 stars Hubble, Bubble, Three Old Crones are making trouble!, 5 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: Shadows at Stonewylde (Hardcover)
It is thirteen years since Yul fought with Magus at the Quarry and eventually vanquished him. Now, Yul is the Magus and Sylvie is his wife. Stonewylde has flourished with them at the helm and their continuing deep love for one another has sustained the village and made it a happier place and also more profitable. They have also had two daughters, Celandine and Bluebell but Sylvie had become very ill after giving birth and now Yul is treating her like cut glass and not allowing her to do anything. This is partly where some of the rot starts to set in because the power must be shared equally. It is at Samhain when the real problems begin, for someone or several people have cast a Dark Moon spell to raise a spirit from beyond the veil. An entity is loosed and one that up until nearly the end of the book, only poor Sylvie can see. Her relationship with Yul goes downhill too as he becomes less like himself and more like his Father the late, cruel Magus. He appears to have lost the Green Magic as well!

This book though is more about Yul's youngest sister Leveret who wishes to become like Mother Heggy, the late Wisewoman of Stonewylde. Sadly for Leveret she is relentlessly bullied by her other brutish brothers and their friends and her Mother will not believe anything bad about them. Consequently Leveret finds herself constantly in trouble with Yul, her Mother, her teachers and the only person who can see beyond all this is Clip, Sylvie's Father. He vows to help Leveret on her path to enlightenment but will he be too late?

There are certainly shadows at Stonewylde now with everything going wrong for Yul, Sylvie, Leveret and the village in general and so far, everything going right for..........well, unless you've read the book it would be a huge spoiler.

I am a solitary Witch myself and although Witchcraft is never actually mentioned by name in these books, the fact the all the main Sabbats and Esbats are celebrated denotes to me that Stonewylde is in fact a colony of Witches/Pagans. I found this book not only a superb read, (white knuckle reading at times) but it is accurate in its portrayal of what I personally would call Witchcraft. This novel will leave you gasping at the end and bursting for the next one to be published. A truly excellent book and one that I will read again and again. It was certainly worth waiting for that's for sure.

I also liked the fact that there is no mention of 'the threefold law' i.e. do what thou wilt but harm ye none' as this is Neo-Pagan fancy. Mother Heggy and the old Crones like Vetchling celebrate Dark Moons which are usually devoted to spellcasting whether for good or evil.
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2013 22:54:40 BDT
S. Vaughan says:
I just started reading the first book and wanted a look at the reviews for later books, and you've just given away a plot point (the identity of Sylvie's father). Doesn't bother me to know it, but there may be other people who want to read the reviews for all the books without getting spoilers for the earlier ones - which I realise isn't entirely possible, but that particular point didn't need to be given away, so just wondering whether it should be edited out?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 14:54:22 BDT
Pyewacket says:
I think you'll find that the identity of Sylvie's Father is implied implicitly in the first three books of the series.
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