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The Dark is Rising Sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree (Puffin Books) [Paperback]

Susan Cooper
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26 July 2001 Puffin Books
This spellbinding volume brings together the five novels from Susan Cooper’s classic fantasy sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; and Silver on the Tree. Here Barney, Jane and Simon discover an ancient map in Cornwall; the mysterious Merriman reveals his secret purpose; and Will Stanton realizes that he is not just an ordinary boy but has a far greater role in fulfilling his destiny. Creating a magical world where the everyday mingles with the supernatural, The Dark is Rising Sequence weaves a story of secret codes, strange prophecies, the legend of King Arthur and a centuries-old conflict between the power of good and the forces of evil.

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (26 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140316884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140316889
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark is rising 11 Aug 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Susan Cooper's books are the sort that immediately cause people to say "But aren't those for kids?"

Technically, yes. So is "The Hobbit," for that matter. And Susan Cooper's "Dark is Rising Sequence" has joined the elite shelf of timeless books that are technically for kids, but not necessarily JUST for kids. With her use of myth and folklore, rich language, and a time-spanning battle between good and evil, Cooper spins up a rare tale in her majestic prose.

"Over Sea Under Stone" features the three Drew children coming to stay with Merriman Lyon. In his attic, they find an ancient treasure map that leads to a hidden grail -- if they can only figure out what the map's writing and symbols mean. But they are not the only ones who are looking for the grail -- three sinister people are in pursuit.

"The Dark is Rising" shifts its focus elsewhere. On his eleventh birthday, young Will Stanton encounters the mysterious Merriman, and is told that he is the last of the immortal "Old Ones" who are fighting the forces of evil (known as the Dark). As the power of the Dark grows, Will must gather the six Signs that can help stop them -- and protect his friends and family from the Dark.

"Greenwitch" brings the four young heroes together. Will and the three Drew kids are brought to Cornwall, where the grail has been stolen. Jane is haunted by nightmares about the Greenwitch, a symbolic weaving of branches and leaves cast into the sea, and a sinister artist captures Barney. But the Greenwitch is not just a tangle of sticks -- it's alive with wild magic that neither Old Ones nor the Dark can control.

"Grey King" is the threat of the Dark.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
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I first read these books twenty years ago and try to read them every few years.Each time I re-read them I seem to find something different to enjoy so I am never bored.I can't wait until my two sons are ready to read them.The way that Susan Cooper combines Arthurian legend with the lives of five very different children is amazing.The reader is drawn into this world from the beginning and is taken on a magical journey through each book until the nail biting and, in some ways, tragic ending.Through the past and present, real and fantasy worlds we follow our heroes,sharing their triumphs,fearing the Dark with them and feel a little bit empty when its all over. Absolutely brilliant - if you haven't read it go and buy a copy. For years I wanted to be an Old One!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the Best 13 April 2004
Format:Paperback
It's great to start to see Susan Cooper around the place again. With all of the Potter hype and the renewed interest in the wonderful Diana Wynne Jones, Susan Cooper deserves some time in the limelight for the outstanding Dark is Rising sequence. She's steeped in anglo-saxon mythology in much the same way as Alan Garner, but has created a much warmer and more accessible world than Garner.
The first book in the sequence was clearly originally written as a stand-alone book, but I would guess it planted seeds of ideas which took a decade to germinate when she picked up the story again. After the long gap, the next four books came quite thick and fast (coinciding with my childhood) and the writing of them is dynamic and exciting. The characters are fantastic, with the Merlin figure Merry being one of the most endearing attempts to create that arch-sorcerer. They are great fun from start to finish and are as intelligent, fresh and fantastic as when I first read them nearly thirty years ago (ouch!).
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 28 Feb 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Susan Cooper's "Dark is Rising" sequence has joined the Prydain Chronicles and "The Hobbit" as timeless books that are technically for kids, but not necessarily JUST for kids. With her use of myth and folklore, rich language, and a time-spanning battle between good and evil, Cooper spins up a rare tale in her majestic prose.
"Over Sea Under Stone" features the three Drew children coming to stay with Merriman Lyon. In his attic, they find an ancient treasure map that leads to a hidden grail -- if they can only figure out what the map's writing and symbols mean. But they are not the only ones who are looking for the grail -- three sinister people are in pursuit.
"The Dark is Rising" shifts its focus elsewhere. On his eleventh birthday, young Will Stanton encounters the mysterious Merriman, and is told that he is the last of the immortal "Old Ones" who are fighting the forces of evil (known as the Dark). As the power of the Dark grows, Will must gather the six Signs that can help stop them -- and protect his friends and family from the Dark.
"Greenwitch" brings the four young heroes together. Will and the three Drew kids are brought to Cornwall, where the grail has been stolen. Jane is haunted by nightmares about the Greenwitch, a symbolic weaving of branches and leaves cast into the sea, and a sinister artist captures Barney. But the Greenwitch is not just a tangle of sticks -- it's alive with wild magic that neither Old Ones nor the Dark can control.
"Grey King" is the threat of the Dark. Will is recovering from an illness in Wales, where he meets a "raven boy" (an albino Welsh boy, Bran) and a dog with "eyes that see the wind" -- part of an old legend. Will must lead Bran into a closer connection with the Old Ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark is Rising
Read this many years ago and just couldn't put it down.. I bought it for my 9 year old grand-daughter who is an avid reader. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars replacements!
My old set was disintegrating so it was brill to get a new stronger set. It will be enjoyed for
years to come.
Published 9 months ago by catherine koppana
5.0 out of 5 stars book review
I ALSO HAVE READ THIS BOOK BEFORE AND CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT - FAMOUS FIVE & MAGIC COMBINED BEST DESCRIBES IT WONDERFUL
Published 9 months ago by peter christian
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Bought these for my nan as she likes easy reading books as she calls them.she wizzed through reading the whole box set in a week.she couldn't put them down.
Published 10 months ago by sally ashby
5.0 out of 5 stars Every child should read this, and every adult
There's never a reason to put most books into age categories. The Hobbit was supposed to be a story for children. Alice in Wonderland... I could go on, but I won't. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal
This set of books is great, a great storyline and reasonably priced. Its great to be able to read them in sequence
Published 14 months ago by Mrs B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation
A new book in perfect condition. Excellent cover which sets the tone of the stories, and it's good to have all the series in one book.
Published 15 months ago by 1524lily
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice gift set for my daughter
I like this gift set I bought for my daughter - my only problem being is that the box and book covers themselves are a bit flimsy, and the text inside the books is tiny, which... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lyndarella
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Box Set
I read these when I was in primary school 30+ years ago and wanted my daughters to read them too, but never seemed to see them in any bookshops. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kazmuz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
If you are a fan of wizards, fantasies, and the triumph of good over evil you will love this set of 5 books in one volume. A wonderful story for children young and old.
Published 16 months ago by The Wizard's Wheel
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