Shadows at Stonewylde Hardcover – 4 Aug 2011
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I had a hard time reading 'Shadows at Stonewylde', not because I didn't like it, but because I liked it too much. It hurts to know that the past trials and tribulations from the previous three books are slowly unravelling here and the characters I've come to love so much are unhappy... Pain has never felt so good.I like to be surprised. It's rare that a series of books affects me so much, but when it does it makes me remember why I love to read. (Andrea BOOK CHICK CITY)
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Another awesome tale from Kit Berry.
This story is set 13 years after the events of Solstice at Stonewylde and all is not well in paradise. The beginning of the book is used to tell you what has happened in the intervening years. Yul is now Magus and, with his wife Sylvie is overseeing a period of boom at Stonewylde. Not everyone is pleased though, there are still a number of residents who resent Yul and want a return to the days of the previous Magus.
There are also a number of new 'next generation' characters, especially Yul's sister Leveret and the strange, mute boy Magpie. These two (Leveret mainly) carry a large portion of the story and it is a credit to Ms Berry that the characters develop so well.
I don't want to say too much about the book as I don't want to spoil it but if you've enjoyed the previous Stonewylde books you won't want to miss this wonderful addition to the series.
Ms Berry has created a believable society and brought it bang up to date, with Stonewylde.com being an integral part of the story.
The only downside for me is that the final book won't be out for another year but with a world this detailed and wonderfully described I know it will be worth the wait.
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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