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"When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back,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.
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone."
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I had to review this book because it was terrible, and I couldn't stand seeing it reviewed so well. Thankfully it is short, but I couldn't even get through it. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2009 by Kooky
I had to read this for a university literature course and when I started off I abhored it. However, on a storm day I picked it up again and found I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on March 31 2005
This is a great book. Although I thought it was boring at the begining it starts getting good around the middle all the way to the end. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by "krimson-hawk"
Will has a special gift that he has to use against the dark. He is sent on a journey to find the great six signs that will help he in the battle to fight the dark, before it rises,... Read morePublished on April 26 2004
I have read a lot of fantasy books, and honestly, most are very bad. This is a relief mainly because it is just a really awesome story, with good twists. Read morePublished on April 18 2004
This book is #2 in the series, but I got confused by reading it first. You need to read "Over Sea, Under Stone" first. It is weird, and sort of unGodly in one part. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003
The eleven year old Will Stanton,is about to go on a journey that he won't soon forget. With the help of Merrimin,the first of the "old ones",he must go one a quest to find the six... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003
Like many of the reviewers, I first read the "Dark is Rising Sequence" in primary school. I found the books addictive as a child and, as a fourth year University English... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Chantal Shepherd