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The Dark Is Rising (The Dark Is Rising Sequence) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Cooper , Alan Cober
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)

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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.

Editorial Reviews Review

"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

From School Library Journal

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: 2568 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 73 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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70 of 77 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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! November 27, 1999
By A Customer
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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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequence November 27, 1999
By A Customer
The Dark Is Rising sequence is absolutely wonderful, and I couldn't put any of them down after I picked them up! I've read a lot of other reviews, and it seems to me that I feel the same way as many other people that have reviewed this book! After I finished the sequence, it left me breathless. I memorized the poem type thigs, you know, "When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back." and "On the day of the dead, when the world too dies" and still remember them to this day. I'd love Ms. Cooper to do another book about this same subject. I mean, Will had a humongus burden carring that by himself, and no one else remembering, well, except the other Old Ones, and I'd like to see a book in which Older Will comes back into the book along with everyone else to do something, who knows? I loved the books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite childhood book. Great descriptions you feel as though you were living it.
Published 1 day ago by CC Morales
4.0 out of 5 stars A hallmark of my childhood, doesn't quite live up to my memory of it
As a child, I loved this book. It felt like a great journey into a magical world all around us, a journey we took through the eyes of the protagonist Will Stanton. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Adam Wight
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Opportunity to Think Deeply
A terrific parable that connects to A Wrinkle in Time, Christian beliefs, and even global warming! Well written, the story hooks even reluctant readers to develop spot-on... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Veronica Schwalbach
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I read the first book in this series and gave it 5 stars. However, for me, this book didn't quite rise to the same level as the first volume in the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin F. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
This is one of my all-time favorite books, and has been ever since I read it the first time 38 years ago. I recently saw a move adaptation that was really badly done. Read more
Published 1 month ago by HannahinSac
4.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia!
I read this series as a kid and thought I would read it again for fun. Fun to read as an adult!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
Awesome book. I have read it every year since 4th grade. That's why I got it on kindle. I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Grandson
This was needed for my grandson for school and the price I felt was a great value and it is also a book that he liked and will read again and again.
Published 2 months ago by carolecreate
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Is a great book if you like action my mom and me loved it i am reading it for the 80 time.
Published 2 months ago by jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book for all ages
Great book with all kinds of action. Written before Harry Potter. Have already finished the third book and am on the fourth
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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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