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The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising Sequence) (original 1973; edition 1999)

by Susan Cooper

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Title:The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising Sequence)
Authors:Susan Cooper
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (1999), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 232 pages
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The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973)

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The Dark is Rising (The Dark Is Rising #2) by Susan Cooper is a great fantasy book for middle grade kids. I didn't read the first book but I didn't have any trouble picking up from the first page. It had slight suspense, mystery, magic, adventure, and intrigue. It also captured the middle grade attitude/life style perfectly. Great job. ( )
  MontzaleeW | Apr 29, 2017 |
Well-written, enthralling read, has a very plausible storyline. Best suited for the older teenager and it's a fun read for adults. The plot is quite intricate and refers heavily to Arthurian legend. Liked Will Stanton and his family. I found Merriman at bit high-handed and wondered why Cooper developed him that way. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Apr 24, 2017 |
I read this for the first time when I was 11 years old, and didn't really care for it. I re-read it when I was in high school, and I loved it. I felt as though it was a completely different book. Even though it's supposed to be more of a children's book, I think the intricacies of the plotline will be much more appreciated by older readers. ( )
  brideofsevenless | Apr 18, 2017 |
This series was an important part of my young adulthood, and forms at least part of the foundation of my love of fantasy novels, and probably reading in general. They're a touch dated now, but the story moves well and the characters are easy to engage with. Among my favorites of all time. ( )
  sinceyouasked | Mar 17, 2017 |
Memories awaken, of places he’s never been, and people he doesn’t know.

The night before his birthday, Will Stanton looks up at the sky and wishes for snow. Before the night is through a thick blanket covers the valley. In the morning he wakes to a song, a haunting melody that beckons him onward. He steps into a world of magic, and finds it familiar. For Will Stanton is a creature of legend, an Old One, newly woken to face the Dark.

A light hearted opening eases audiences into a busy home, as Will and his brother step out to tend to the animals. But things soon turn strange, and vague warnings set the stage for a magical adventure. The story alternates between the larger plot of the Light and the Dark, and these very personal moments between a young boy and his family. Through it all the focus is kept on Will, and his struggle to reconcile his familiar identity as an 11 year old boy, and his newfound distance as an Old One. Strong language paints vivid images, sometimes flashing them so fast it feels like a montage. As a whole the story is very young, though it engages some interesting ideas. The plot is very predictable, but the scenes remain well written, and the beauty of the prose may distract audiences from an obvious ending. A young book, but full of beautiful imagery.

+Strong characters
+Strong descriptions
*Some interesting ideas
*Very young read
-Predictable Plot

3/5 ( )
  adamg211 | Dec 30, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Susan Cooperprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cober, Alan E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, JulieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, PanuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westrup, Jadwiga P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Too many!" James shouted, and slammed the door behind him.
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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 gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.
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This LT work, The Dark Is Rising, is Book 2 (of 5 Books) in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising Sequence. Please distinguish it from other single titles in the series, and from any combination(s) of part or all of the series. Thank you.
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Midwinter terror,
Seventh son of seventh son
Is a young Old One.
(SylviaC)

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"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."
With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land. His task is monumental: he must find and guard the six great Signs of the Light, which, when joined, will create a force strong enough to match and perhaps overcome that of the Dark. Embarking on this endeavor is dangerous as well as deeply rewarding; Will must work within a continuum of time and space much broader than he ever imagined.

Susan Cooper, in her five-title Dark Is Rising sequence, creates a world where the conflict between good and evil reaches epic proportions. She ranks with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in her ability to deliver a moral vision in the context of breathtaking adventure. No one can stop at just one of her thrilling fantasy novels. Among many other prestigious awards, The Dark Is Rising is a Newbery Honor Book and a Carnegie Medal Honor Book. (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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