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©1977 Susan Cooper; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"[Alex Jennings] is a master of dialogue, slipping effortlessly into the cadences of children's voices and characterizing accents from around the British Isles and beyond." (AudioFile)
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
This is a worthy conclusion to the series. It begins with the Stanton family, all of wom are home for the summer holidays. When Will's elder brother Steven intervenes in the matter of an Indian boy being teased by a group of local villagers, the family finds themselves pitted against the hateful father of one of the bullies, an encounter that reminds Will of the absolute power the forces of the Dark will wield if the Circle of Light is unable to push them back. The next stage of the quest begins that night when Meriman Lyon appears to Will and tells him that the time has come for the six signs of light, gathered during the events of The Dark is Rising, to be recovered from the place where they were hidden following their joining. The time for the final battle between the Light and the Dark is drawing near, and the forces of Light must be ready for that critical moment. Recovering the signs is the easyy part. But Will and his friends must also recover an ancient sword, the one weapon that, combined with the six signs, can bring a final end to the threat of the Dark. This sword, however, lies in the Lost Land, in the keeping of its despairing maker. Only Will and Bran Davies, the latter being the lately revealed son of the legendary King Arthur, have any hope of reaching the Lost Land, and even then they must still reach the tower where the king of that realm has hidden himself in his despair. And once there they must find some way to rouse the king from his despair and persuade him to part with the sword. Will their efforts be enough to turn back the forces of the Dark in their greatest rising?
All in all this is a worthy conclusion to the series. Alex Jennings returns for this final installment and as usual he does an excellent job of narrating it.
We want to get the books from the library to read. It will be interesting to check spellings of the Welsh words and see the names of the characters. Susan Cooper has a wonderful imagination, but also she has got a grasp on Welsh language and culture, and even more, a good point of view about what is important to mankind.
Elegant, charming, and I've read them all. The narrator is top drawer. The story is magical and mythical drawing on deep and hidden archetypes and lore.
Extremely well done.
All the main characters from the series come together to finish them off and very much reads like the other books.
It took me three tries to get into it enough to finish reading. I wasn't expecting much from this book and didn't get much out of it. Characters continue to lack depth and follow stereotypes. Problems are solved either by coincidence or mysterious magic.This books shows just how rich a world the series takes place in but each section is only briefly touched on.
If you read the others books it worth reading to finish the story.
"Final part of one of my favourite sequences"
Love this but please can't you get 'Over sea, under stone' and 'The dark is rising'?
"children's fantasy and magic"
The fifth and final ageless classic of "The Dark is Rising' series by Susan Cooper. It is rather surprising that her work is not as widely known as the Harry Potter books.She establishes a great sense of atmosphere in her books which draw heavily on Arthurian legends. Alex Jennings brings her work to life incredibly well.
"Falls at final furlong?"
It's the finale of the sequence and everyone is making an appearance! The band of 'riders' adds some dimension to the characters, but they are quickly disbanded and the impetus seems to be lost again with Will and Bran continually guided with their great powers through the quest element. It's a shame really as there have been some excellent parts of this sequence, but this is not one of them.
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