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Comments for The Dark is Rising

The Dark is RisingThe Dark is Rising: 07/17/08

I'm really terrible at reading series in sequence. That's why I like books that stand alone even if they build on an larger story sequence. The Dark is Rising (and the Series of the same name) is an excellent sample of a book that stands strongly on its own and contributes to an entertaining series.

Will Stanton gets a warning just before his 11th birthday (which happens to fall on Midwinter's day) that he must help defeat the Dark as he is the last of the Old Ones. Over the next many days he must collect the necessary signs to fend off the growing Darkness manifesting in the form of an endless blizzard.

The Dark is Rising brings together a mixture of Norse, Celtic, Arthurian legends along with time travel and contemporary fantasy. Cooper manages the blending of these elements well and the time travel is especially well done.

I read this book for the Herding Cats Challenge.

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Comment #1: Friday, July, 18, 2008 at 11:46:56

Jeane

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered this series as an adult. They're great books!"



Comment #2: Friday, July, 18, 2008 at 21:37:25

pussreboots

My husband introduced me to the series."



Comment #3: Sunday, July, 20, 2008 at 07:24:23

Rhinoa

I got this series in one edition not long ago and am looking forward to getting into it. Sounds like I made a good choice."