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The Dark Is Rising (The Dark Is Rising Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Cooper , Alan Cober
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Book Description

On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift-- that 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.

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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

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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.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 3217 KB
    • Print Length: 232 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0689303173
    • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (December 21, 2001)
    • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000FBJHPS
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating reading December 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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    71 of 79 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rich and "Dark" November 17, 2004
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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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    28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! November 27, 1999
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    The Dark Is Rising sequence is an absolutely wonderful collection of books! I first read them when I was in about the 5th grade, and loved them then. I checked them out again at the library this year, in my eighth grade year, and fell in love with them all over again. I loved the way that Susan Cooper based the book on Celtic and English legends and stories, and I think that that gave the books a lot of life. After I read these books, I wanted to be an Old One. I seriously did, and after I realized that that probably wasn't going to happen, I decided that I could just keep the Light inside of me and help people out. I know, I know, I sound ridiculous, but some books just affect me in a way, and this sequence did. These are classic good against bad books, with a different twist that makes them unique.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd volume of THE DARK IS RISING Sequence January 7, 2006
    Format:Audio Cassette
    Only the last book of the series includes all six of its main characters. This book introduces the fifth of the six, Will Stanton, to Merriman; the Drews from OVER SEA, UNDER STONE don't return until GREENWITCH, nor do the consequences of the events of their first quest begin coming home to roost until then. Like every book of this series, THE DARK IS RISING is a stand-alone work as well as part of the greater story, and opens in such a way that the viewpoint character - however much knowledge he may possess when fully conscious of his role in the ongoing conflict - provides an "everyman" viewpoint, that at once serves to illustrate the contrast between the surface of present day reality and the magical depths of the ancient war between the Light and the Dark, and to bring the reader up to speed with the story so far.

    Will, like the Drews, is very young and at first completely ignorant of the great struggle between the Light and the Dark, though his position in that ancient warfare and the quest he must achieve in this story are quite different from theirs. On the face of things, he is even less connected with the magical world than they, as the youngest child of a large Buckinghamshire family without any arcane scholars in the family tree. But on the Midwinter's Eve on which this story opens, Will notices that strange things are beginning to happen around him: radios give off huge bursts of static when he passes by, and animals behave unusually. Worst of all, when he and his brother witness a bizarre attack by birds on a strange tramp, Will finds that his brother's memory of the incident has been completely wiped away almost as soon as it happened.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars son likes it
    I got this book because my son had to read it for school and he really likes it. He says it's actually a good story and likes reading it which is nice since he's not big on... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Zombee
    4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting fantasy for young people
    This is well written and exciting. There are plenty of super natural events going on throughout the book, and characters with super powers to fight the Dark's powerful onslaught. Read more
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    Loved every minute of this book. A tale for all ages. Read this today you won't be sorry. Now to read the others.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    I did this for school, it's great but I can't remember most of it. The part I remember is great tho.
    Published 2 months ago by Ruana Gray
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book part of a lovely "sequence" of YA fantasy
    Lovely five part "sequence" of Arthurian fantasy really takes off here. Great story about a family of normal people in England and the youngest son who has to follow a... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by James Held
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
    My son chose this book for his literature reading assignment he loved it and want to read the rest of the series! I loved it as well! Nice story with the twist and turns. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Amanda Wingrove
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    My son loves this book. I'll be getting the reat of the series for him soon!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness loses
    Wonderful story. Unique presentation of the Merlin story. It is a combination of fantasy and going back in time to solve a current Selina with the forces of evil. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Jenifer Young
    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fantasy series
    I'm enjoying this fantasy series by Susan Cooper. Book 2 introduced a whole new set of characters to the Dark Is Rising Series. I'm looking forward to reading the next 3 books.
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    Susan Cooper is best known for her acclaimed five-book fantasy sequence "The Dark is Rising," which won a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor Award, and two Carnegie Honor Awards. Born in England in 1935, she became a reporter and feature writer for the London Sunday Times--her first boss was James Bond creator Ian Fleming--before moving to the United States in 1963. Her first novels were "Mandrake" and the autobiographical "Dawn of Fear," followed by the complete Dark is Rising sequence (Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; Silver on the Tree). The sequence, deeply rooted in the rich heritage of Arthurian legend and Celtic mythology, is a classic work of children's literature, still in print after 40 years. Cooper went on to write other well-received children's novels, including "Seaward," "The Boggart" and its sequel "The Boggart and the Monster," "Green Boy," "King of Shadows," and "Victory," as well as several picture books for young readers with illustrators such as Ashley Bryan and Warwick Hutton. She has also written books for adults, as well as plays and Emmy-nominated screenplays (some in collaboration with her second husband, the actor Hume Cronyn). Recent books include the collaborative project "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure" and her biography of Jack Langstaff titled "The Magic Maker." Her latest young adult novel is "Ghost Hawk." Ms. Cooper lives in Marshfield MA. Visit her on Facebook or on her website at

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    Can you start the Dark is Rising series with the second book?
    Um, I would say it isn't necessary at all. In fact, until I read some of the reviews of Susan Cooper, I didn't even know that Over Sea, Over Stone was related to the Dark is Rising series. Definitely start with the Dark is Rising and stick with the Will Stanton books. They are well worth the... Read More
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