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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (Aug. 28 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739359738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739359730
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 14.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,091,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I don't know how many people feel the same way, but I'm starting to tire of the way in which Hollywood is pillaging the books of my childhood for the next blockbuster. Peter Jackson I can deal with, because his adaptation of Tolkien's trilogy was a labour of love; I wouldn't really say the same thing about the Narnia movies. I haven't even seen the film adaptation of this book, because I still treasure the old memories and associations.

It's hard to review this book objectively, I suspect - for me, I see it through the lens of my childhood; for an adult, how can an adult judge a book meant to impart a special kind of magic for the young?

This book is my favourite of the Cooper series, although it is technically the second book in the series. It introduces Will Stanton, who goes on to play a major role in the series overall. Although some might find the plot and imagery simplistic, I find that Cooper taps into some major archetypes, and that they are enriched by Cooper's liberal drawing from Celtic and Arthurian mythology. For me, the book maintains a special kind of magic.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Dec 31 2005
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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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By A Customer on 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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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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