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The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book Two: The Dark Is Rising [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Susan Cooper , Alex Jennings
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Aug. 28 2007 Dark Is Rising Sequence
On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift–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.

“Susan Cooper is one of the few contemporary writers who has the vivid imagination, the narrative powers, and the moral vision that permit her to create the kind of sweeping conflict between good and evil that lies at the heart of all great fantasy. Tolkien had it. So did C. S. Lewis. And Cooper writes in the same tradition.” –Psychology Today

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 5 Up-On his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers he is the last of the Old Ones, dedicated to fighting the forces of evil. Will searches for the six magical signs that will be needed for the battle between the Dark and the Light. By Susan Cooper.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rising, rising Dec 31 2005
Susan Cooper has yet to equal "The Dark is Rising," the second book of her classic Dark is Rising Sequence. Independent of the first book "Over Sea Under Stone," this is also darker, more magical, more intense, and one of the most beautifully written fantasy novels in existance.
Will Stanton is an ordinary boy, until his Midwinter eleventh birthday. On that day, he ventures out into a seemingly changed world. There, he encounters a sinister Dark Rider, then a beautiful white horse that leads him to a hidden place, where he finds two of the Old Ones -- the mysterious Lady and Merriman Lyon, one of the stars of the previous book. The Old Ones are immortal, powerful, wise, and it turns out that Will is the last one born.
And as an astonishingly cold winter settles over England, Will is taught some of the ways of the Old Ones, who fight the Dark (forces of evil, like the Dark Rider). He has one of the signs of power, but must get them all: Iron, Bronze, Stone, Wood, Fire and Water. And he must contend with the Dark Rider, his own failings, and a mysterious stranger whose future is inextricably entwined with his...
Susan Cooper is at her peak here. Will Stanton's adventures have a sense of unreal mystery and magic about them, where the slightest actions can have significance, time is easily manipulated, and two kinds of reality intersect. Welsh mythos and legend is interwoven more deeply here, including hints of the Arthurian tilt that was featured more prominently in "Over Sea, Under Stone." At the same time, Cooper accurately displays a more human side of Will, the side that is deeply attached to his family and home.
Her writing also becomes much more detailed here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark is Rising Review March 23 2004
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This book is a breathtaking novel that will captivate its reader. It is so descriptive and it's just beautifully written all around. The style almost imitates Tolkien only less wordy and more action-filled, but nevertheless very descriptive. The main character is Will. On his 11th birthday, he discovers that he is one of the Old Ones, the group of light that forever battles against the Dark. Will is tasked to find the six Signs in order to join the Circle of Light. The Signs are all shaped like a circle quartered by a cross. The Sign of Iron is given to him on his birthday. Later he attains the Sign of Wood, the Sign of Bronze, the Sign of Stone, the Sign Fire, and the Sign of Water.
But Will is not alone in his journey. Merriman, a faithful yet forceful agent of the light, helps Will and often saves his life. He teaches Will the ways of the Old Ones and all of the spells used to counter the Dark through a book called the Gift of Graymare. But in attaining this book, Hawkin, Merriman's most trusted mortal, betrays the Old Ones in a way unforgettable.
The Rider, perhaps best described as the King of the Dark, is the upmost foe of the Old Ones, and the Walker, a tramp carrying the sign of Bronze, soon becomes a legion of the Dark.
Readers will be surprised by the identity of the Walker, the cruelty of the Rider, the courage of Will, and the neverending twists of fate and treachery that continue throughout this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating reading Dec 30 2003
I read this series as a child and I remember having a little difficulty with it at the time. Certainly the books in the series "The Dark Is Rising" are excellent, but they are often prone to long lengthy descriptions that ably bore initially interested children. In this particular case, I suspect I skimmed long sections of this book when I grew bored of its long descriptive passages. The books themselves are complex. It did not surprise me that the author, Susan Cooper studied under J.R.R. Tolkien (of "Lord of the Rings" fame), and I would hasten to add that she, far more than Phillip Pullman, is his current successor. She weaves British and Celtic myth within her stories, beautifully. This book itself is a good one, rare in its kind because the protagonist (your typical pre-adolescent who learns of great powers) has a happy home life and two parent household. I can think of almost no other fantasy series where this is the case. Usually if the child DOES have two parents, one is missing and must be rescued. Not so here. Will has his own adventures and, at the same time, people he cares about who care for him. In this book there is no bully to be defeated or difficulties at school. The Dark and Light characters are well drawn and there is a depth to each and every character that I appreciate. On the whole, I would recommend these books to those kids who are adept readers. Definitely the child who has single-handedly finished a "Lord of the Rings" book will zip through this series with few problems. Harry Potter fans may also wish to graduate to a higher level with this story. Readers may wish to start with the first book in this series, "Over Sea, Under Stone", before moving on to "The Dark Is Rising".
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark is Rising March 6 2003
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The main character in this stry is Will Stanton. Will always thought that he was a regular boy. In a mid winter's day, the day before his birthday, his life changed forever. He started to get these weird signs and coincidences. Like how animals are scared of him, seeing things that other people aren't abled to see, and the feeling of being terrified all the time came to him. He saw this dark person with a white horse. Then he met up with a group called the Old Ones. He found out that he was the last hope and the last one born of their kind. So he is the end of the generation or sequence. He also finds out that he is a sign seeker. A sign seeker is a person who has to find and guard the signs. So he learns what his job is and his purpose. He was destined to battle against the Dark and bring back the powers back to the good. Will has to guard 6 signs of light, fire, water, stone, bronze, iron, and wood. In the end if he finds all 6 signs, put them together, there will be enough power to overcome the Dark side. The book to me was alright. But it was still good. It was kind of difficult for me to understand. I would give this book a 4. Just thinking of how Susan Cooper came up with this story is amazing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars My first review ever
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 more
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Published on Sept. 21 2008 by Jack Blatant
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the first book, I loved it
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 more
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5.0 out of 5 stars KK REVIEW
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 more
Published on May 3 2004 by "krimson-hawk"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Is Rising
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 more
Published on April 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A relief
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 more
Published on April 18 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty weird, but great
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 more
Published on Dec 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark is Rising
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 more
Published on Dec 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly entertaining!
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 more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by Chantal Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully mysterious book
While "Over Sea, Under Stone" was completely ridiculous, and not fantanstic at all, this book truly sets the standard. It's feel is like that of "Dark Shadows". Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Kyle Stewart
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