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  1. says:

    This series is fantastic, and has been horridly overlooked, particularly so seeming that our current culture seems so fascinated with all things Potter Not that The Dark Is Rising is anything like Harry Potter not at all It s thickly steeped in Celtic and Arthurian legend, is relentless in its exploration of a myriad of layers of history and time, and simply reeks of magic I love this series, and have for years Within the past two years, I introduced these books to my wife, who seethed with anticipation for the next time we would sit down so I could read to her I ll do the same, given time, with my daughter I m really looking forward to that.If you re a fan in any way of L Engle s A Wrinkle in Time series, I have a feeling you ll dig these books They re very much their own work, but I m trying to give you a place to leap forth from.


  2. says:

    Okay, the first thing to keep in mind is that Susan Cooper wrote these books long before JK Rowling was writing, so if you see the parallels of an English boy who discovers he has magical powers on his eleventh birthdaywell, you just have to suck it up and admit that Cooper did it first These are AMAZING books I was trying to think of which one I liked best, but they re all so good Much darker than most children s fantasy Very scary When I was 10, I didn t sleep for days after reading The Dark Is Rising Also, you can read the first two books out of order most people seem to read The Dark Is Rising before they read Over Sea Under Stone They will feel like they were written by two different people, because Over Sea Under Stone, is like a lighthearted children s adventure story, and The Dark Is Rising is much , well, DARK Also, the stories are very much tied to the legend of King Arthur, if that is what floats your boat Won t say any you just have to read it yourself


  3. says:

    If you like Harry Potter Philip Pullman Narnia King Arthur magic myth funny things English people any people big ideas reading booksyou will love The Dark is Rising sequence any of the above is sufficient These are the books that made me love reading, that made me sneak a flashlight under the covers at night to pick up where my father had last read aloud The sequence begins mundanely, with three children going on holiday in Cornwall in Over Sea Under Stone, and ends in a battle of Arthurian proportions in Silver on the Tree Read this book it is fluid, well plotted, excellently characterized, funny, scary, tragic, and awesome.


  4. says:

    A dstinctive feature of this series of five children s books is that there are two distinctive groups of view point characters A normal family group of three siblings who are the lead characters in Under Sea and over Stone and in Greenwich, while a boy with magical powers is the lead in the remaining three novels The Dark is Rising, The Grey King and The Silver on the Tree.Although Susan Cooper has been resident for some years now in the USA all five books are firmly rooted in Britain of the late 1960s and early 70s developing a strong sense of landscape that of Cornwall in Under Sea and Over stone and Greenwitch, the Thames valley between Christmas and New Year in The Dark is rising, or Wales in The Grey King and The Silver on the Tree.Increasingly the childrens plunge into magic and mystery angles into Arthurian legend Recommended for youngsters, it is the kind of series that can grow with the reader as the books become complex, and have magical, fantastical and mythological elements as they progress.


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    The five books in The Dark is Rising Sequence are among my most treasured books from my childhood I have the old Puffin paperbacks, which cost my aunt 2.75 each when she bought them for my 11th birthday I have read them so many times they are battered and creased and faded I read them again this Christmas as part of an international reading challenge initiated on Twitter by British authors Robert Macfarlane and Mary Bird Thousands of readers joined in to read The Dark is Rising, Book 2 in the series, which takes place between Midwinter Eve 20th December and Twelfth Night 5th January Some read it in one big gulp like me and others read each chapter on the date that corresponded with events in the book i.e 1 2 chapters a day Readers shared their memories of the book, discussed the meaning of symbols and events, created original art, found kindred spirits It was absolutely wonderful.I went on to read all five books in the series Over Sea, Under Stone is the first book in the series, and was written by Susan Cooper in response to a publishing content organised to honour the memory of Edith Nesbit, one of the great Golden Age children s writers She did not finish the manuscript in time to enter, and the book was subsequently turned down by than twenty publishers, before being accepted by Jonathan Cape and published in 1965 It tells the story of Simon, Jane and Barney who go to Cornwall on a holiday with their family and end up being caught up in a quest to find the lost Holy Grail Drawing on Arthurian mythology but set in contemporary times, the book introduces the children s Great Uncle Merry, a professor at Oxford who ends up revealing mysterious powers The book is like an old fashioned mystery than a traditional fantasy, except with eerie unsettling moments of darkness and magic, particularly towards the end The second book in the series, The Dark is Rising, was published in 1973 It tells the story of Will Stanton, seventh son of a seventh son, who turns 11 on Midwinter Eve, and finds his safe and comfortable world threatened by strange and eerie events For Will is, he discovers, an Old One, destined to fight on behalf of the Light against the ancient and malevolent forces of the Dark Merriman Lyon the character of Great Uncle Merry returns as the Oldest of the Old Ones, and becomes Will s guardian and mentor Will needs to find Six Signs if he is to defeat the forces of darkness this midwinter and help fulfil a mysterious prophecy When the Dark comes rising six shall turn it back Three from the circle, three from the track Wood, bronze, iron Water, fire, stone Five will return and one go alone.Iron for the birthday bronze carried long Wood from the burning stone out of song Fire in the candle ring water from the thaw Six signs the circle and the grail gone before.Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of goldPlayed to wake the sleepers, oldest of old.Power from the Green Witch, lost beneath the sea.All shall find the Light at last, silver on the tree Of all the books in the series, The Dark is Rising is my favourite, perhaps because it was the first I ever read, perhaps because of the vividness of the setting a small snow bound English village that seems outwardly normal but is still shadowed with magic, menace and danger , perhaps because I loved the idea of an ordinary boy who finds himself the carrier of an extraordinary destiny The book as a ALA Newbery Honor Book in 1974, and is often named on lists of the best books for children ever published.Greenwitch, the third in the series, brings Simon, Jane and Barney back to the little Cornish village where they had discovered the lost Holy Grail Jane watches an ancient ritualised offering to the sea and makes a wish that then helps the Light unlock the secrets of the Grail Greenwitch is the favourite of many female readers of this series, because the key protagonist is a girl and she triumphs not because of any battle of strength, but because she is compassionate and empathetic The Grey King, the fourth book, returns to the point of view of Will He wakes after a long and terrible illness with no memory of his role as an Old One and at risk from the forces of the Dark who seek to strike him own while he is vulnerable Sent to Wales to recuperate, Will meets an albino teenager called Bran who has a strange dog like a wolf Guided only by snatches of memory, Will and Bran must find the golden harp that will waken the Sleepers under the hill This is my favourite second of the series, again because of the setting the wild mountains and moors of Wales is brought so wonderfully to life and also because of the sense of the great struggle between the forces of good and evil The Grey King won the 1976 Newbery Medal Silver on the Tree is the final book in the series, and brings Will and Bran together with Simon, Jane and Barney and their mysterious Great Uncle Merry They are searching for a magical crystal sword which will enable them to cut the mystical mistletoe, the silver on the tree , in the final battle against the Dark Drawing on Welsh mythology and stories of a drowned land, the suspense is heightened by the presence of a hidden enemy, someone who is trusted but betrays them in the end It was truly wonderful to re read this series, which had such a powerful shaping force upon my imagination as a child And a great deal of the pleasure came from sharing it with like minded people The twitter book club set up by Robert Macfarlane and Mary Bird intends to choose other great works of fantastical literature to read over the year I ll can t wait to be a part of it.


  6. says:

    You know what is weird Grown adults reading or re reading kids books and then complaining about plot issues or problems with the mythological underpinnings that no 10 year old would ever spot I loved these when I read them aged 9 or 10, and have very fond memories of feeling enveloped within their world.


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    This is one of the best fantasy series out there Many years before J.K Rowling thought of a wizarding school and a great fight of good v evil, Susan Cooper came up with this Arthurian fantasy I discovered it when I was younger by accident and I recently discovered this omnibus and thought, I just HAVE to see if it s as good as I remember And it was It still held my attention, it still had menace, suspense, and the heroism of good against evil I highly recommend it to fans of Harry Potter and Narnia Book 1 Over Sea, Under StoneI remember having found this series in my local library when I was in middle school and loved it The first book I read was GREENWITCH, but then I went back and read the whole series.When I saw that the whole series was in one volume, I decided to go back and relive my youth Would it be as good The answer is yes I am still enthralled and thrilled The suspense and the wonder is still there I love it Book 2 The Dark Is RisingI saw the movie of this a while back I remember at the time thinking that I didn t remember reading that book Well, there s a reason There s no comparison between the book and the film Merriman is back and so is the Dark Sinister horseman, time travel, magic imbued in trees, and Twelfth Night.Book 3 Greenwitch Back to Cornwall and the Dark is threatening once again Merriman, Will, and the children from the first book Jane has a prominent part in this one, and Will seems to have matured with his power.Book 4 The Grey KingSo powerful The darkest of the books yet We are in Wales in the wilderness A secret comes forth.Book 5 Silver on the Tree The final fight against the Dark The Drews, Will Stanton, Bran, and Uncle Merry go to Wales for the final battle.


  8. says:

    This was my absolute favorite series of children early adolescent books If I recall correctly I reread all of these just a few years ago Susan Cooper does not make so noticeable a shift in dumbing down the language or sentence structure for young readers, which I like a lot It s a fantasy ish story, but set in, well, what would have been current day for Susan Cooper at the time of writing it It is difficult to review all of these books at once, because some are better than others, and they even feature different protagonists all related to the same storyline in some cases My two favorites were The Dark is Rising, and the Grey King But right now I m having a difficult time expressing why they were my favorites as a kid, except perhaps that they captured, in exactly the way I needed them to at the time, the recurring theme in children s literature of finding an extraordinary purpose in your life at that stage of introduction to adolescenceHarry Potter does this probably most famously these days, but The Dark is Rising series has a archaic, or perhaps classical, feel to the story, characters, and writing.


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    I first read these books about twenty years ago, when I was just 9 years old I subsequently forgot about them, although certain images and scenes have been rumbling around in my head for the better part of a decade These scenes had managed to imprint themselves very deeply, so that long after the name of the author and the titles of the books were forgotten, I kept coming back to these flashes Recently I managed to get someone to identify the story on the scifi stackexchange I immediately purchased this box set and read through all five books in about two days time Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed The books are terrible I know that at least two of them are Newberry award winners, but I really found them unbearably difficult to read In fact, I can t imagine how difficult it must have been to slog through at the age of nine The books tell of an ancient and ongoing battle between the Light and the Dark, with champions on either side striving to take control of the earth and humanity Arthurian legend is Heavily recycled There are objects of power, Edith Blyton type children running about on quests, and seemingly all powerful beings who nevertheless are always just one step behind the enemy The storyline is just barely clear The characters are extremely flat Substantial explanation and pontificating on the part of a narrator At no point toes one actually feel that the characters actually worked through a problem The answer is always just suddenly clear, or someone swoops in to save the day I found it almost impossible to relate to them Bottom line I would probably not recommend these to my nine year old self Better to get an early start on true epic fantasy from Jordan, Rothfuss and Sanderson.


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    The Dark Is Rising is my first review on GoodReads, simply because it deserves to be I can look back over than 20 years of an insatiable hunger for the written word, and in the misty distance shine these books that started it all for me That s not to say I didn t read before Susan Cooper, but I had never been so emotionally tethered to a story In the person of Will Stanton, and his suddenly fierce friendship with Bran Davies, there remain to this day notes that resonate for me Together they and the Drew kids endure courage and fear, loss and triumph, horror and beauty Every day I spent as a boy reading these pages was filled with a wonder and a desire for the world to be as magical and mysterious as Will s world And when the story drew to a close, I remember vividly the very real loneliness of knowing that I would never again follow these friends into a new story But there was delight, too, from a truly wonderful story never to be forgotten.My own years go by and too many things change, but I still come back to these stories again, over and over I ve read them aloud to my first child I can t wait to read them aloud again to my two younger children, as much to revisit the fictional friends who anchor me to the wonder and magic of youth as to share that magic with my daughters and son.