Genre: middle-grade fantasy
Length: 224 pages
Setting: British countryside, 1970s
Interest: It’s the second book in the Dark Is Rising sequence started with Over Sea, Under Stone that I’m reading to Miss Adventure.
Summary: Will Stanton is just a kid, but since he’s the seventh son of a seventh son, he’s a special kid. Turns out, he’s an Old One, destined to heal the Circle of Light. On his 11th birthday, he comes into his power and Mr. Merriman, the butler at the neighboring manor and an Old One, guides him in his journeys. He needs to find all six Signs (wood, bronze, iron, water, fire, and stone) and fuse them to regain one of the four Things of Power to fight the Dark. All along the way, the Dark Rider tires to block Will from completing his quest and gain the Signs for the Dark. Will overcomes all the obstacles and succeeds in his quest.
Final thoughts: When we started the book, I questioned several times whether or not this was the sequel to Over Sea, Under Stone. We were in a completely different part of England with a completely different family. There was one line near the end that mentioned the Grail had already been found, which brought the books together.
The book, similar to the first one, provides a stark contrast between good (the Old Ones) and evil (the Dark Rider). However, in the character of Hawking, we see how someone might get tempted away from the Light. It was a nicely exciting book for a child – tension, but no bloodshed. In addition, it worked fairly well as a read aloud.
Title comes from: A line the Old Ones use to let Will know the Dark was increasing in power.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 80/100 in my 100 Book Challenge
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