Magus of Stonewylde (Paperback)
Gollancz, 9780575098824, 304pp.
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
How far would you go to save your child?
Exhausted single-mum Miranda is prepared to try anything. Suffering from baffling allergies and illnesses, her teenage daughter Sylvie has been written off by doctors. An offer of alternative therapy at a grand Dorset estate may be her last hope and so, against her better judgement, Miranda grabs this life-line.
Stonewylde is a beautiful and magical place, a sanctuary free from modern taint. The retreat is remote, hidden away behind high walls and iron gates, and soon the rat-race outside fades to insignificance. Stonewylde is ruled by the charismatic Magus, who vows to cure Sylvie and give both their hearts' desires. He promises the earth and it seems he can deliver.
But everything comes at a price. Life at Stonewylde is too idyllic, too wholesome, too perfect. The ancient rituals in the stone circle are not quite what they seem and neither is the Magus, whose sinister sensuality hides a darker secret. Sylvie and Miranda join the community and both fall in love for the first time. But their arrival triggers a brutal chain of events that could destroy the unique world of Stonewylde.
Mother and daughter will eventually discover the truth: Stonewylde may cure, but it can also kill.
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Praise For Magus of Stonewylde…
Powerful stuff - disturbing and dramatic. Allow this story to grab hold and it may not let you go!—Kevin Crossley-Holland
Kit Berry is an amazing natural storyteller. Her people, her places and her plots are so vivid as to establish her as a major novelist.—Professor Ronald Hutton, TV historian and author
Kit Berry is a talented writer; her ideas and imagination are absolutely brilliant.—Guardian