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Over Sea Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising) Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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The first thrilling book in the classic The Dark Is Rising sequence.See all Product description
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This book is - in my opinion - possibly the weakest of the series. But that is not really a criticism. This book is still wonderful, exciting, fast paced classic treasure hunting adventure. Three children on holiday in Cornwall with their parents and a mysterious uncle discover an ancient treasure map lost in a secret room in the house they are staying in. The very idea is wonderfully captivating. Throw in some Arthurian legend too and it is no wonder that children and adults alike can and do love this book. This is an absolute classic.
Re-reading it, I noticed a few things that irritate me as an adult reader (although I did not care when I was younger). One such thing is the slightly Enid Blyton feel, where the adults can miss the obvious and thus the kids solve all the mysteries. However, some of that is explained in later books - and where it is not explained, it does not really ruin the story.
I highly recommend this book and even more highly recommend the rest of the series. Well written, wonderfully imagined and perfectly set with good characterisations, an engaging plot. I have read all this series several times. Once again, part of the best series I ever read.
My family was becoming frustrated with the massively condensed audio versions of books, and this one seems to be unabridged.
A complete delight, making a six hour car journey not exactly fly by, but at least made it more bearable.
We'll buy the next one in the series for the next time we have a long journey to make !
Quick note about the book if you haven't read/listened to it before
It's a very good prologue to the Dark is Rising series, written several years before the other books, it is aimed at a younger audience than the others, although older children (and adults!) will still enjoy it as a taster to the sequence.
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