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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A children's favourite Sept. 21 2008
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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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 Much better than the first book, I loved it March 31 2005
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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.
You simply have to love children's literature that isn't written for or by a complete idiot. "Dark" includes Arthurian myth, British myth, and ancient magic, is enjoyable and heartbreaking at various points, and the climax is just stunning.
Far superior to other celebrated children's literature. Someone needs to make this one into a film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars KK REVIEW May 3 2004
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. So if u can endure having to read a couple of information shoving chapters then this is a great book. Im not saying the first chapters are boring well. LOL. I think they are its just that its more like information you need for later on so its kinda of worth it. The rest of the book is nothing but action and adventure thier has been plenty of time my reading teacher has told us to stop reading when i just couldnt put the book down. So i hope u have a great time reading it as
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Is Rising April 26 2004
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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, and turns everything and everyone evil.On the journey he goes bak in time to find where the signs are hidden.He has to join the signs together to defeat the dark, before it gets him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A relief April 18 2004
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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. I do have to say that a lot of people will look at the cover and think it's horrible. You can't look at the cover and say that it's pretty. This is not a book I would recommend to everybody (who knows if the person will love it or hate it) but if you liked Harry Potter, thought the Lord of the Rings was downright boring, and loved His Dark Materials, then go read this.
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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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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
Published on Nov. 18 2009 by Kooky
5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating reading
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... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by E. R. Bird
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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