The Dark is Rising

by Susan Cooper

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Book 1 of 25 in the Best Fantasy Books of the 1960's
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On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift -- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

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Anonymous | 2013-04-03 09:19:52
As a child, this was my favorite fantasy series (except for LOTR and the Hobbit). I am still amazed that more people do not know more about it! I do admit I tried to reread it as an adult not too long ago and it didn't quite capture the magic again. But I would still rank it above the Harry Potter series. It is far better written (yes I did like Harry Potter).
Anonymous | 2013-05-23 04:21:02
My friends and I discover this series in college and devoured it. When we had a chance to go to Great Britain a few years later, we planned our trip around these books. Mevagissey (in Cornwall) is Trewissick (sp.?)--we even managed to get swept up in a parade where they danced the Floral Dance from Greenwitch. We ended our trip in Wales, in Dolgellau at the base of Cader Idris. We tried to climb it, but the Grey King foiled us and the mist became too thick to continue. I guess all that was to say it was and is a superb series. I'll be having my daughter read it in a few years :)
Anonymous | 2013-07-12 11:18:02
My first fantasy series read when I was eleven, and it's still absolutely beautiful. Read to my son when he was eleven and Will's age. Shame they made a film "based" on it. Good introduction to Celtic Mythology.
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