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Over Sea Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising) by Cooper, Susan (2010) [Paperback]

Susan Cooper
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Red Fox (0010)
  • ASIN: B00CB5ELJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets by the sea 24 Feb 2014
Arthurian secrets, dark magic, the eternal clash of good versus evil, and a bunch of E. Nesbittian kids on an adventure.

While Susan Cooper's "Over Sea Under Stone" is perhaps the weakest of the "Dark is Rising" books, it's a solid little fantasy story on its own. It's a sprightly, fast-moving little story without much complexity, but the depiction of the genuinely spooky villains and the ancient treasure-hunt are pretty gripping little subplots -- and of course, it sets the stage for the brilliant sequels.

Simon, Jane and Barney Drew have arrived at their great-uncle Merriman's seaside house for a vacation -- and rapidly become quite bored. But when exploring the attic, they unearth a very, very old map that is somehow connected with the legendary King Arthur. As anyone else would do, the kids begin the search to find a golden grail.

But they soon find that they are not the only ones who want the map. A seemingly genial pair of vacationers are being slightly too inquisitive, and someone breaks into Merriman's house in search of the map. And Merriman reveals the origins of the map -- and an ages-old conflict between good and evil that hinges on who finds the grail first.

Taken alone, "Over Sea Under Stone" is a solid, even excellent fantasy story; as part of a series, a little out of sync with the other books. However it sets excellent groundwork, has an intriguing storyline and a good mix of folklore and Arthuriana, and offers us one of the most mysterious and likable "magic mentors," Merriman Lyon. Say "Merry Lyon" really fast and see what you get.
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