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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 (223 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.

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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

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: 436 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: #13,396 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book/great series
Love this book, have been reading and rereading, this series for years now.

Great work of British fantasy, a real classic
Published 1 month ago by grizzlysmit
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Written Book, Recommended
'The Dark is Rising', the second book in the 'Dark is Rising' series, is a very popular book, and highly recommended by my families and friends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EXW
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read!
I've read this entire series multiple times, and will be doing so even more. And if that doesn't tell you how good it is, I don't know what would!
Published 1 month ago by daniel coates
1.0 out of 5 stars sucked
This author beads to Lear how to get Peoples attention I would highly recommend this book if you have a hArd time sleeping at night. Worse than a text book.
Published 1 month ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of the genre
"The Dark is Rising" is the second in the five-volume cycle of the same name by Susan Cooper, and it is here that the tale of the conflict between the Light and the Dark begins to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul P. Belle Isle
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for teenage reading
my little sister had to read this in her 8th grade class. the took turns reading aloud. it was adventurous and a page turner for the whole group.
Published 2 months ago by terry shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Wasn't bad, could definitely be 're-read by any fan of this genre that wants to have a good time , so read it!
Published 2 months ago by exercise 2b young
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
this book is good it's a thrilling book it makes you never want to put it down.I defiantly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read.
Published 2 months ago by Allen Garrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!
the best book ever written. full of EPICNESS. I loved it. the beginning of the book was boring though. :)
Published 2 months ago by Samuel Justin Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark is rising
I love the book it is suspenseful at times but it is a great book if you are a 5th grader you will love this book
Published 2 months ago by Shannon Fisher
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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
Sep 5, 2009 by Marian Wiggins |  See all 4 posts
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