The cracks are beginning to show in the idyllic Stonewylde community. As Yul and Sylvie's forbidden friendship grows into something deeper, Magus' true.
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This is refreshing as it does not, like some books , use a lot of text explaining the meanings and idiosyncrasies of the fantasy world and characters. Magus of Stonewylde , ended with Yul being chosen to receive the green magic over Magus.
This made the Machiavellian Magus realise of the extent of the threat that Yul posed to him and left him weakened making it much harder for him to run Stonewylde without the energy the magic gave him. The pace and depth of the story does not let up as Yul and Sylvie, our young hero and heroine, discover the deeper desires and corrupt intentions of Magus.
For now he must prevent Yul from being a true threat to him and Sylvie has what he needs in terms of the power of her moon magic. The stakes have become higher.
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This includes bringing his brother on side to facilitate this. The punishments Yul must endure in trying to protect Sylvie, enable him to mature both mentally and physically, although he faces very dark times. Mother Heggy has a keener role in explaining the path that lies ahead for the young couple and the path is not clear nor a positive outcome guaranteed.
Whilst Magus is very good-looking, charming, and arguably an admirable leader, his obsession to rule and receive magic whatever the cost is not without consequence. His sense of fairness wanes and cracks start to appear, which some villagers begin to notice. All the key characters continue to have striking personalities and hidden depths that unfold as the story is told, which keeps the reader engaged and mesmerised.
The journey through the story is paved with unexpected twists and revelations that are both enchanting and captivating. There is still much more to learn about the characters and history of Stonewylde. It all starts with the discovery of a dead magical creature.
Moondance of Stonewylde by Kit Berry - leondumoulin.nl book review
The sickening way in which he treats Sylvie as a commodity, and the crudeness of the method by which he steals her Magic make him a very provocative, and thereby effective, villain. By creating such a strong and repulsive antagonist, the author is able to effortlessly make readers root for Yul with total abandon.
The story continues to intrigue the reader, with a lot of mystery still enveloping some of the shadier aspects of Stonewylde and Magus. Stonewylde is a marvellous creation by Kit Berry, and is a significant part of what makes the series so enthralling; the author's depiction of the society is vivid and complex, as Stonewylde, which despite appearing to be a blissful, carefree utopia on the outside, is shown to have simmering tensions within its population and some sinister history.
Moondance of Stonewylde by Kit Berry — book review
Kit Berry is very liberal with her exposition and I suspect that some readers may find some of the more florid passages in the story long-winded. However, I found that the author just about maintained a balance between further developing the setting and its history, and pushing forward the drama, and the growing tensions between Yul and Magus. Tension is built up relentlessly, and the climax of the novel doesn't fail to disappoint, leaving the fate of Sylvie and Yul and all of Stonewylde precariously hanging in the balance.
There are a few shocking revelations in the book, but there is still plenty yet to be resolved and explained in the rest of the series. Younger readers might enjoy The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper , which also has a quaint country setting and magical aspects to it. Those who enjoyed this, the second tale set in Stonewylde, should also try The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness , which has a similarly Machiavellian antagonist and a very idiosyncratic narrative.
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