Dark is Rising
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"Cooper has been writing richly imaginative works of fantasy for nearly four decades. Her books are critically acclaimed and she has a loyal and devoted following among readers" (Booktrusted.co.uk) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Audio CD.
The second gripping book in the classic The Dark Is Rising sequence. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Audio CD.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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This book was a real surprise to me. Yes it is classed as young adult fiction, so it is written in simple to understand terms, yet weaves ancient pagan archetypal figures into an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Paul G. Taylor
Bought to re-read using the kindle. A great series of books that I read as a child and revisit occasionally. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TG
I read this years ago, and was reminded how good the whole series is when I bought the audio books for my son and myself at Christmas. Read morePublished 5 months ago by FatKat
As a lifelong fan of this genre, I think Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series is one of the best. Nearly up there with Tolkien. Brilliant for all from aged 10 to adult. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jo