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On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift - that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated throughout the ages to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. He is plunged at once into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. Thereafter, for the twelve days of Christmas while the Dark is rising, life for Will, although outwardly normal, is strangely wonderful as he is drawn through terror and delight. This book is a rare act of creative imagination in which the reader will be equally moved by the warm happy village life Will shares with his large family and the nearly overwhelming danger he encounters, often in other centuries and places, while he seeks the Signs and learns their power. Interweaving ancient Celtic and English traditions with the legends of the Buckinghamshire hills and valleys where she grew up, Susan Cooper has written a superlative dramatic fantasy of the eternal conflict between good and evil out of which all myth is made.

Hardcover, 752 pages
ISBN-10: 0370329422
ISBN-13: 9780370329420
6 Book Reviews
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  • elliotl20
    elliotl20Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 5:12 am55 stars
    This was a really good book. This is a book where they combined the whole series into one book. Although it's a little long, it's really good. I think that this is one of the more special and interesting books I have read. The author has a really good idea where he incorporates so many characters and also he uses the stories of King Arthur in the book. This book is about good against evil, which seems very stereotypical, however, it's a really different concept of good and evil. My favorite part of the book is when Will is trying to get all the signs after Merriman told him what to do. I really recommend this book.
    • ianche20
      ianche20Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:45 am44 stars
      I think that this is quite an interesting book. I like the concept of ing special powers that makes the main character different. I also like how some people know about the rider and the dark. It is as if there is a never ending war that began years and years ago agains the previous light and previous dark. I really like the story and the objective in the story.
      • zenny
        zennySaturday, October 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm
        I decided to read this book because it looked very interesting and was full of events
        • cvv
          cvvThursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:39 am55 stars
          these books are awesome! Greenwitch is my favorite out of this series.
          • kittenlover10
            kittenlover10Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm44 stars
            I am reading the dark is rising with my dad and it is really good but I think it must be really scary to be in his shoes
            • lozzie123
              lozzie123Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm55 stars
              Its good so far