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The Dark Is Rising (1973)

by Susan Cooper

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Series: The Dark is Rising Sequence (2)

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On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.
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    Sakerfalcon: Both books vividly depict the merging of past and present, and have a strong sense of place and of local folklore.
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    The Box of Delights by John Masefield (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Although The Box of Delights was written in 1935 and The Dark is Rising was written in the 1970s, both books have a similar sense of magic, mystery and menace running through them. Both are part of series but can be read without having read the earlier books in the series.… (more)
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    Sabriel by Garth Nix (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Both books have beautifully written prose, elegantly sketched worlds, and stories that stay with you long after you've finished. Two young protagonists must face overwhelming dark forces as they struggle with isolation from their peers and allies.… (more)
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    Advent by James Treadwell (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Similar style of writing and atmosphere.
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    Dark Rise by C. S. Pacat (TillyWiz)
    TillyWiz: A 21st century reimagining - Cooper's moral absolutism and obeisance to traditional authority figures is out; subversion of traditional fantasy tropes, shades-of-grey, and diverse representation are in.
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  edurell | Aug 20, 2023 |
loved this series as a kid ( )
  Andy5185 | Jul 9, 2023 |
Newbery Honor Book ( )
  Eurekas | May 22, 2023 |
Liked Over Sea, Under Stone better.
but still looking forward to reading the rest of the series. ( )
  zizabeph | May 7, 2023 |
Not my favorite type of genre to read but overall I think it was good. The plot is good, which is more like good versus evil. I think if someone likes magic and darkness- this would be the perfect fit for them . ( )
  Abby_Natalia_Parra | Apr 17, 2023 |
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» Add other authors (4 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cooper, Susanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cober, Alan E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, JulieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, LesCover 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.
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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On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.

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Midwinter terror,
Seventh son of seventh son
Is a young Old One.

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