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Susan Cooper , Alex Jennings
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28 Aug 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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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (28 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739359738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739359730
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Psychology Today"Susan Cooper is one of the few contemporary writers who has the vivid imagination, the narrativepowers, and the moral vision that permit her to create the kind of sweeping conflict between good andevil that lies at the heart of all great fantasy. Tolkien had it. So did C.S. Lewis. And Cooperwrites in the same tradition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second gripping book in the classic The Dark Is Rising sequence. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best young persons books ever written. 31 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
At the risk of being overly dramatic this book changed my life. I had never been fond of reading before when, aged 12, I found this book whilst waiting for my father in the local libary. In contrast to the books we had been forced to read at school I found it utterly gripping. Very exciting and mysterious all written from a young teenage point of view. I felt like the author was writing about a world I wished was out there waiting for me to fall into an adventure in. I devoured this book and the rest of the series and have not stopped reading since. A must for all, Susan Cooper transports you to this strange world where things are never as they seem and there are dark undertones. I could compare it to a young version of the start of Weaveworld (clive barker) but that would do it an injustice since it is both richer and darker.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't dismiss this book! 24 July 2000
Format:Paperback
I first read "The Dark is Rising" as an 11 year old (I'm now 35),and with each successive reading (it must be 20 odd times now) I feel it's bewitching spell more and more.Ok,so Harry Potter is pretty cool (I've enjoyed all four),but JK Rowling can't match Susan Cooper's ability to create mood and atmosphere, and to be geniunely frightening.... Don't just stop at this one, get the other four too (Over Sea,Under Stone / Greenwitch / The Grey King(*****)/Silver on the Tree....)You'll not be disappointed,but it may take 25 years to get there! Happy reading
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the film 5 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
As a child, 'Over Sea, Under Stone' was by far my favourite book and years later in my twenties, I went looking for it for nostagic reasons. I was pleasantly suprised to find that there were 4 other books in the series, of which the Dark is Rising is the second.

Even as an adult, I love 'The Dark is Rising', which is the pick of the series for me.

As the cold winter nights draw in, I often get this one out and re-live it.

I find myself in each scene that Susan Cooper weaves - decorating the Christmas tree with a big bustling family around, walking down the lane with Will Stanton on the winter morning he comes of age, as a blanket of newly fallen snow lays all around. I can even see the light from a working Smithy up ahead, which wasn't there before - the scene is from the past but the people seem to be from the present...

But danger is never far away, should you start feeling too cosy. As a child I used to have to leave the snug warmth of the fireside and go out into the cold, pitch black, wild, wintry night to get more coal for the fire. It was kept in an unlit shed some distance away from the house and it was a bit scary until the warm glow of the house was back in sight.
This is how the book feels.

The large Stanton family are the normalising, comforting factor in young Will's life but even they are slowly being dragged into the clutches of the Dark unless Will can find the 6 signs that he was born to do before the power of the Dark reaches it's peak (which I think is 12 days after Christmas)

Unfortunately the film, in addition to forgetting some of the main characters, forgetting that the Stantons are BRITISH and having a hammy ending, rips out the entire soul of the book by simply concentrating on "the quest", rather than the characters (who are mis-cast in the main).

So in summary, don't be put off by the film. I can't give a higher recommendation to get this book for anyone aged 10 onwards.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful book, one to be cherished. 10 Jan 2001
Format:Paperback
I first read this book when I was 9 years old. Unfortunatley the school prevented my teacher finishing the book as he the governers had recieved complaints from parents that it was full of pagan tradition and heathen beliefs. PAH! we say loudly, the book does not go against any religion and certainly not against the Christian values the plaintiffs were so eager to protect. the book acknowledges the church as a place of the light, a place safe fromt he dark forces of the world. What more do you want? Luckily my teacher lived ont he same road as me and leant me a copy my unevolved headmaster had not burned. Anyway, the book grips you from the start and transports you from the grey world of english winter nt he stark white snowy world of fantasy. Susan cooper not only uses her characters imaginativley but creates atmosphere that is both compelling and traumatically beutiful. My advice - Read when your young, read when your old and always own a copy to transform those winter nights curled up by the fire. YOU NEED THIS BOOK!!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest books of our times. 8 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I first read this book in school; unfortunately my class never finished it, but I tracked down a copy in my local libary, because I didn`t think I would ever sleep again if I didn`t read the ending. The book grips you from begining to end, thanks to some of the best atmospheric detail ever written (In my opinion). Despite the fact it was written quite a few years ago, it still retains all of it`s dark intrigue. One of the few books that can render the reader powerless untill the last page. Unmissable.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwinter's dream 31 Dec 2005
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Stand alone story in a series, interesting to see how they gel together
Published 3 months ago by G W
5.0 out of 5 stars Far, far better than the movie
I first read this in the early 1970s and enjoyed it immensely. Since then I have seen the movie which I didn't like at all and was sure didn't properly match the story... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
came across the book many years ago reading to children and grandchildren, the whole series of stories are great, and very thoughtful Susan Cooper is a very good writer
Published 5 months ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series of books, no need to turn them into films!
I am glad that no one has made these books into movies (ignoring the awful attempt from a few years ago) I don't think there is a director who could do them justice apart from... Read more
Published 6 months ago by caroline munday
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Dark is Rising" - by Susan Cooper
I read this kids' book some years ago( as an adult) and loved it - well written, fleshed out characters and a clever intermingling of modern life and myth. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Iris C Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic tale - forget the film - this is a dark compelling story
The film, a desperate attempt at cashing in on the Potter phenomenon, managed to almost completely miss the point of the book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by E. W. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical read!
Loved these books since I was a child. I have read them many times and this volume is my favourite. A brilliant mix of mythology, magic and superb writing.
Published 14 months ago by Miniteevee
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
I've read this book more times than I like to tell. Love it, not so scary now that I'm an adult but as a kid I found it exciting and scary. Read more
Published 14 months ago by bluekermit
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and magical
This series of books has become part of my imaginative dna. Like Alan Garners books these have fed my love for fantasy and legendary tales. Read more
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