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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A magical year in Stonewylde

For those of you pagans who love reading, the books mentioned below will be your next favourite books.

The Stonewylde series, written by Kit Berry, are a wonderful new series of pagan books -

'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.'

Kit Berry's magical Stonewylde puts me in mind of Summerisle - from 'The Wicker Man,' and Cornwall Coombe from 'Harvest Home' - an idyllic community where earth magick is recognised, festivals are frequent, and a traditional way of bringing in the harvest is as old as the hills. Mystery, but also murder, is conducted in Stonewylde, as the battle between good and evil is fought to rescue Stonewylde from a power hungry patriarch.

There was a trilogy to start with - Magus of Stonewylde, Moondance of Stonewylde, and Solstice at Stonewylde - but such was the success of Kit's books, she was asked to write two more - as of August 2011, the fourth book Shadows at Stonewylde was released and eager pagans everywhere bought the book to find they could not put it down till it was finished.


I widely recommend these books, for a gripping tale of pagan lifestyles within a place that every pagan has within their hearts - Stonewylde.

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