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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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Second in The Dark is Rising series. Will Stanton is the young hero in the age old battle between Light and Dark. The Seeker of the Signs to Help the Old Ones defeat the dark. Loved it! ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
Description: On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift -- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

Thoughts: This book suffers from the same problem as the previous one in the series, namely that it moves briskly from plot point to plot point with little or no exposition or real development of character. This one benefits from being more firmly rooted in fantasy and mythology but the events just seem to happen, no one, especially not the main character of Will who should really be questioning EVERYTHING, stops to really asks how or why any of it is happening at all. Lyon has some lovely speeches about the Dark and the Old Ones but most of the "explanation" is just that Will is an Old One and therefore understands.

Unfortunately, I am not an Old One and I don't really get it. ;( I'm not moving on with the series right now, but I may pick it back up later.

Rating: 3.25
Liked: 3
Plot: 3.5
Characterization: 3
Writing: 3
Audio: 4
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  leahbird | Jan 24, 2016 |
I guess I remembered incorrectly. This was horrible. It was all we could do to finish. Poorly written, improbably plot, pointless details (how exactly did the book of Graymarye help him?), and the ending: did no one notice the necklace of signs hanging around his neck? While we are now two books into the series and are curious as to what the rest are about, we are trying to decide if we can endure more torture. Doesn't the next one have to be better? ( )
  memlhd | Jan 22, 2016 |
The Dark Is Rising was entertaining, but I was a bit disappointed in it. My main issue is that everything just happens to the main character, Will Stanton. He doesn't get a chance to actively make any choices or take any actions independently. Everyone just throws all the solutions to him, including giving him a book to read that infuses his mind with all the answers to his questions. It would have been more satisfying for him to work a little bit to be the hero. ( )
  BrookeAshley | Jan 21, 2016 |
On the eve of his eleventh birthday--a Midwinter's Eve Birthday, Wil, the seventh son of the seventh son, is given a token (a sign) to keep with him. Will comes to discover that he is the last of the Old Ones, a group of "warriors" dedicated to fighting the forces of the Dark. Will must seek the other signs, as he shifts from time period to time period and encounters more of the Old Ones, and unite them for the Dark is rising. Unless Will can learn his powers, grow with them, and develop some mastery over them to locate the other signs and unite them, the world will slip into Darkness. The fate of the world rests with Will, an eleven year old boy.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. Cooper does a great job of personifying the Dark as an evil Rider out to undermine Will's efforts to seek the signs and unite them. And Cooper's narrative style and voice make this a pleasurable read as she bring characters--Will's somewhat absent-minded father, a jeweler, Will's mother, a practical and loving farm wife and mother of quite a brood of children--seven, and a vast array of characters who may be Old Ones who help Will in his journey. ( )
  slpwhitehead | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Susan Cooper meant, I think, to write an entertainment, not much more than that. She has succeeded. "The Dark is Rising" affords thunderous good fun.

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"Too many!" James shouted, and slammed the door behind him.
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,
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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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