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The Dark Is Rising/Greenwitch/Silver on the Tree/The Grey King

by Susan Cooper

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These were probably one of the earliest fantasy series I remember reading. I began with book two then devoured the rest. My daughter is keen on fantasy so when I went looking for a book to read together I settled on the first one in the Dark is Rising series hoping she would enjoy them just as much. We haven't yet got fully into the reading, she's a little hard to convince but I couldn't help myself and went on ahead reading the other four books and devoured them just as eagerly as before.A classic fight between the light and dark, flitting between times and drawing on the celtic legends, these are wonderful books which should be better known. ( )
  mels_71 | Jan 21, 2011 |
There is little I can say about this series as a whole that has not been said before, and by more articulate persons than myself. This is probably one of the best sequences of fantasy literature written in the 20th century. Taken individually, some of the books are stronger then others, but fundamentally they function together to create a more-perfect whole. Cooper has always been one of my favorite authors because her prose is so tight, but not so much so that it becomes dry. Her pacing is impeccable, and her characters fully realized. She creates a world and a mythos that the reader can fully believe in. ( )
  hibiscustea | Apr 26, 2009 |
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This LT work, The Dark Is Rising Sequence, is four Books (i.e., The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; and Silver on the Tree) out of five in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising Sequence (the Sequence also includes Over Sea, Under Stone). Please distinguish this LT work from any single titles in the series, and from any other combination(s) of the series. Thank you.
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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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