But, Gods, is it depressing. Would it have been so bad to have some of the years-in-which-Yul-and-Sylvie-have-a-blissfully-happy-marriage given some screen time? The doom in this book reaches George RR Martin levels of unrelenting torment for one's characters. Because what I don't get, what I fundamentally don't get about Stonewylde other than why no-one ever turns out to be gay, but that's a whole different rant is why no-one ever leaves, runs away, or tries to kill themselves before Leveret, natch.
Yes, it's a magickal, fabulous place to live, but if what the protagonists encounter is representative of the community, all the inhabitants are horribly flawed and everyone is despairingly awful to each other all the time. Is this meant to be clever commentary on what it's like living in a cult? I'd have loved to see a character who thought 'sod this' and just left, though. But I am worried, Kit Berry! Please make it cool! Oct 02, Emma Cooper rated it really liked it. When we last saw Yul, he and Sylvie had defeated the dark forces in Stonewylde that threatened them, and could look forward to their life together.
In Shadows of Stonewylde we fast-forward thirteen years. Yul and Sylvie have been to university, married and started a family together and are now running Stonewylde under the watchful eye of Sylvie's father Chip. But the dark forces they have banished are fighting to return, and mutinous elements within the Stonewylde have joined forces to crush Yul When we last saw Yul, he and Sylvie had defeated the dark forces in Stonewylde that threatened them, and could look forward to their life together.
But the dark forces they have banished are fighting to return, and mutinous elements within the Stonewylde have joined forces to crush Yul and his leadership and return the community to the old ways. The magic has gone and Yul and Sylvie's relationship is falling apart, but it's Yul's youngest sister Leveret who is suffering the most.
And that's unfortunate because it seems she is the only person with a clear sense of what's going wrong. With the magic fading, love under threat and the Outside world creeping ever more into Stonewylde there are bound to be some readers who are disappointed with this latest chapter in the Stonewylde chapter. But there is no denying that it is powerfully written, with strong dramatic storylines and a cast of younger characters taking on the main roles. At the end of the book we are left with a cliffhanger again, with the dark forces arrayed on one side and only tiny, battered Leveret on the other.
There are bound to be many more readers impatiently waiting for the fifth book in the series, to find out what happens next. Aug 14, Andy Angel rated it it was amazing. 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 genera Another awesome tale from Kit Berry. 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. 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.
Oh Yul, I can't believe what a bastard you turned into. Ok so he is still nice, but there are some things that just made me mad. First, after all he has been through one would think he would look at both sides of a story. Second, he is smothering Sylvie to death. Third, the outside world has taken over too much.
Soon Stonewylde will be no more. Yes this book, 13 years after the last book, the Magus may be gone but shadows are gathering. I wished Sylvie would stand up for herself more. I wishe Oh Yul, I can't believe what a bastard you turned into. I wished Yul would stop being so selfish and I wished people would see the bullying going on. It's not a happy book, but then these books have dealt with some serious stuff.
Some real things for sure. But this is Leveret's book, Yul's little sister and again my heart is broken.
Bullied and brought to despair. And no one notices! I am so disappointed in Stonewylde. Look up and see around you. Shadows, and more shadows. And then it ends, one more book to come soon. But I fear utter destruction at the moment. This series sure brings out some emotions on me. I just wanted to scream and rage.
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Jul 28, Kirsty Cabot rated it it was amazing Shelves: The fourth book in the Stonewylde series, and as the title suggests, there are certainly a great deal of shadows over the idyllic world of Stonewylde. This book is set 13 years after the finish of Solstice at Stonewylde, I found the book to be a really emotional read, with things perhaps not working the way i wanted them to.
The development of the character Leveret is done wonderfully, and I easily became entranced by her. I highly recommend this book! Even if you feel that because of the tags t The fourth book in the Stonewylde series, and as the title suggests, there are certainly a great deal of shadows over the idyllic world of Stonewylde. Even if you feel that because of the tags that it is for Young Adults, or its Pagan affiliations make you feel that it is not the book for you I REALLY recommend at least giving the first one Magus of Stonewylde a go, I've never read books like these books before, but it is easy to get hooked!!
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May 09, Mary rated it really liked it. Not as good as the first 2 books,possibly due to lack of novelty, since the world Kit Berry described is familiar now, but still a good read - except that I thought it would be the end of the series and was surprised to find that another book would supply the answers to the questions this book left hanging. Of course, this fact was mentioned in book 1, I believe, but I had forgotten.
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Book 1 was excellent, I might add. Very hard to beat, even by Kit Berry. Mar 31, Jackie Mcwilliams rated it really liked it. This is the darkest book of the series. My only grumble would be having to wait to find out what happens now. Thanks Kit Berry for another wonderful few hours spent in Stonewylde, I can't wait to return. Nov 04, Catyj rated it liked it. Stonewylde has become kinder to its children, who now have more freedom and opportunities.
By having the past be a significant factor throughout the novel, Kit Berry maintains a strong connection to the first three books in the series, and ensures that Shadows at Stonewylde remains relatable. It is fascinating to see how characters have grown and matured over the 13 years; Yul's and Sylvie's narrative voices have matured realistically, without losing the essence of their characters, that which made them unique and charismatic, so intriguing to read about.
I also enjoyed how the author has brought out many uncomfortable similarities between Yul's Stonewylde and Stonewylde as it was run by the old Magus. As much as he has tried to differentiate himself from the legacy of Magus, Yul finds himself slowly slipping into the very traits that he despised his father for. Yul is more like his father than he realises and his harsh treatment of Leveret, whose resemblance to a youthful Yul is uncanny, and the erosion of the trust that the community have in him, bring back disturbing memories of Magus.
Yul's youngest sister Leveret, barely a toddler in the previous books, plays a major role in this novel. In her wildness, her free spirit, her obsession with the culture, traditions and magic of Stonewylde, Leveret personifies the spirit of the community. She is strong, wilful, and confident in her calling in the world. The Robber Bride,Margaret Atwood- Report item - opens in a new window or tab. Description Postage and payments. Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.
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