The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As many others here, this was a re-read for me. I read them as a child and loved them, although I seem to remember only bits from them from the last read, which could possibly be explained by them being a bit uneven. For example, the difference in pace and style between book one and two is striking, I loved, and still do, the mystical, snow-ridden cold and dark of book two, while I found book one to be rather plain.
Having said that, the books are still very well written and enjoyable. It’s rather fun to peak into the "well behaved English children"-kind of literature; they’re even more upright than the Potter kids, believe it or not. But the characters are enjoyable, and the some of the older mystical beings encountered in the books nicely obscure.
There’s a strong celtic/welsh mythology influence in the story. It is nice, but I was a bit disappointed in the lack of development, the artifacts and people from, say, the Arthurian legend are there mainly as devices and are rarely developed. For a different take, and an example of would could been done, see G G Kay’s "Fiovanar Tapestry" (which are lovely by the way).
Anyway, read it, and then push it on you early teen kids, they’ll love it. It’s really good.
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