The Dark Is Rising

The Dark Is Rising

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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 throughout the ages to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. He is plunged at once 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. Thereafter, for the twelve days of Christmas while the Dark is rising, life for Will, although outwardly normal, is strangely wonderful as he is drawn through terror and delight. This book is a rare act of creative imagination in which the reader will be equally moved by the warm happy village life Will shares with his large family and the nearly overwhelming danger he encounters, often in other centuries and places, while he seeks the Signs and learns their power. Interweaving ancient Celtic and English traditions with the legends of the Buckinghamshire hills and valleys where she grew up, Susan Cooper has written a superlative dramatic fantasy of the eternal conflict between good and evil out of which all myth is made.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, [1986], c1973
ISBN: 9780689710872
0689710879
Branch Call Number: J Pbk COO

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BMADhandwalker
Jul 04, 2017

i really liked this book it was very interesting.
my favourite part was when will joined the signs.
for summer reading club XD

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Shadow_Blade
Apr 11, 2017

Very interesting plot, even if the story was a bit slow.

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becker
Nov 27, 2016

One of my favourite all time books. I re-read this at least once a year.This is a classic story of good verses evil and the author has done an incredible job of creating atmosphere. This book is part of a series but stands very well on its own.

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red_dog_2447
Jun 25, 2016

I found this book interesting. It always kept you on the edge of your seat. You never knew what what going to happen next. There was some foreshadowing.

FindingJane Jun 23, 2016

The enigmatic Merriman Lyon makes his return. This time his presence is more forceful, providing a solid bulwark of magic and tuturing to the young Will. If Will occasionally seems a little too mature for his age, there is always Merriman to act as a contrast of elderly guide.

Will Stanton isn’t an ordinary boy, something that becomes clear within a very few pages. At the age of 11, animals are behaving oddly around him and he’s struck with irrational bouts of fear. As it turns out, much like a certain boy wizard written about nearly two decades later, Will is a Chosen One, with a very special destiny waiting for him.

Stories about such children can be a bit of a yawn. You can see certain things coming a mile away: portents given in bewildering rhyme or verse; mystic elderly men making mysterious pronouncements (and seeming to come and go out of nowhere); spells; magical objects that have to be retrieved, stolen, found or forged; ordinary people oblivious to what’s going on around them and beasts associated with sorcery behaving in erratic ways (including but not limited to cats, dogs, horses, bats, spiders, ravens, owls, crows, et al). So the novelist who tackles this shopworn subject had better have a few tricks up his/her sleeves.

This novel has a dreamlike quality, much of it taking place in places and times before the current ones, occasionally at the very same moment. It sounds like a confusing mess but Ms. Cooper manages to maintain its ethereal attribute while keeping it grounded among the mundane rituals of day-to-day living in Will’s home.

It’s unclear where all this is leading but the book—like the others in the series—easily stands alone for its plotline, pacing and resounding resolution.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

The Dark is rising and Will Stanton wakes on his eleventh birthday to discover he is one of a group of magical men and women responsible for protecting the world from the Dark. Will must find the six Signs to gain the power of the Light and stop the Dark Rider.

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PamelaJeanette
Oct 10, 2015

A real classic. Never had a chance to finish the book in elementary school, tracked it down and reread it as an adult and it was defiantly worth the effort

Kereesa Jul 31, 2015

Last 50 pages are the best. Over sea, Under stone was much better.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 11, 2015

An imaginative and heart-warming epic fantasy tale for kids and young adults. Its a classic tale of good and evil, but the strong hero and compelling portray of his struggle shoot this series far above the usual hackneyed epic fantasy series out there. This one will appeal to young adults and adults. However, I didn't enjoy as much as I thought I would.

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MurielW
Feb 20, 2015

Sorry, but I don't see what all the fuss is about this book. I found that it really dragged on with not much happening from one page to the next.

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red_cat_12921 May 06, 2015

“The Walker is abroad. . . .”

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becker
Nov 10, 2012

"Nothing is what it seems, boy. Expect nothing and fear nothing, here or anywhere. There’s your first lesson."

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Feb 20, 2015

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FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

On his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers he is the last of the immortals dedicated to keeping the world from the forces of evil known simply as the Dark. He immediately embarks on a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid in the final battle between the Dark and the Light.

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