Parents' Guide to

The Dark Is Rising

By Tara L. Rivera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Classic fantasy is a bit slow, but enthralling.

Book Susan Cooper Fantasy 1973
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age 10+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 10+

Great book

I read this book at university when studying children's literature. Just loved all the celtic mythology. I recommended it to a ten year old I knew just recently (quite a good reader) and he is loving it also.
age 9+

Darkness is rising

on page 50 pretty terrible have to keep on reading for school.Do not read if young cause its trash. Abosulete nightmare dont buy or bother.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (14):

This second book in the series of five invites readers into an intricate fantasy world. Susan Cooper convincingly combines fantasy elements with folklore and mythology. At times, however, the time-traveling sequences are subtle and hard to follow.

The characters in THE DARK IS RISING are more fully developed than those in the first book in the series, and many readers skip the first book entirely. Will struggles with his new identity, and readers see him mature: "Will was instantly a furious Old One, so furious that he did not pause to think what he should do." Both Merriman and Will are relentless in their shared quest, and Hawkin, the tragic Walker, whose Judas-like behavior sentences him to walk the earth for centuries, painfully shows how he is a casualty of the struggle between good and evil.

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