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- a mortal speaking as a free agent to an Old One of the Light, herein
And of all the books in the series, THE GREY KING perhaps illustrates that detachment of the Light from mortal charity more clearly than any book before it since THE DARK IS RISING, with the hard choices it presented to the Old Ones between their duty to the Light and their private obligations to those they loved. Here, however, the choices made are by mortals, from a man who traded away his allegiance in the hope of becoming a great poet to a woman who left her only child among strangers, one of them a man forever marked in turn by her choices.
In each book of this series, either a previously unknown quantity among the major protagonists of the overall story is introduced to the reader, or familiar protagonists from different volumes work together for the first time. In each case, this serves not only to help join together the mundane waking world with the deeper reality of the battleground between the Light and the Dark, but to re-ground readers in the story so far, thus allowing each volume to function as an independent story as well as part of the greater whole.Read more ›
In the aftermath of a nasty case of hepatitis, Will Stanton has temporarily forgotten his mission from the Light: to recover a golden harp, with the help of the "raven boy" and "silver eyes that see the wind." When his family sends him to Wales to recover from the illness, he regains his memory when he meets an albino boy his own age named Bran -- which means "raven." Bran's mother "Gwenny" vanished many years before, and his stepfather has devoted himself to religion and penitance. Bran's only friend is the silver-eyed dog Cafall.
Will acquaints his new friend with more information about the battle with the Dark, while Bran acquaints him with information about Wales that can help Will find the golden harp, and wake the Sleepers under the hill. But the malevolent Grey King is spying on them with magical warestones and trying to wrest the harp from Will. To stop the Grey King, Will must learn the secret of Bran's past and evade the dangerous farmer Caradog Pritchard...
Atmosphere is thick and enticing in "Grey King" -- Cooper has clearly come a long way from the fluffier "Over Sea Under Stone." This book, unlike "Greenwitch," does not handle the Drew family, or even much about Merriman: it's all about Bran and Will, who are given equal parts of the plotline. Though there are many other characters, these two are the core of the story.Read more ›
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This never grows old, mno matter how many times you read it or what agePublished 4 months ago by Dee
The most gripping story yet of the "dark is rising" books. I couldn't stop reading the last chapters. Read morePublished 19 months ago by G S.
I read this years ago as part of the Dark is Rising series and have enjoyed re-reading it. Although the main characters are children, the plot is sufficiently strong to be... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this series. It never dates, never loses its charm. The only thing that really irritates me is the price. Why is it so much more to buy the complete series on Kindle?Published on 3 Sept. 2013 by menorca25
I loved this book! When I was younger I read this book and loved it ,so I recommended it to my ten year old daughter because she loves stories about King Arthur! Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2013 by Helen Baker
The fourth book from the series this is a another strong storyline which is readable for teenagers and adults alike.Published on 12 April 2013 by Belgarath
This series was read to me when I was a child. I was thrilled to find them on Kindle. They are a great read for pre-teens through to adults.Published on 20 Mar. 2013 by smarty pants
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