The Grey King (Dark is Rising #4)
"Fire on the Mountain Shall Find the Harp of Gold Played to Wake the Sleepers, Oldest of the Old..."
With the final battle between the Light and the Dark soon approaching, Will sets out on a quest to call for aid. Hidden within the Welsh hills is a magical harp that he must use to wake the Sleepers - six noble riders who have slept for centuries.
But an illness has robb...more
A raven boy... with white skin and white hair, but eyes unmistakably raven.
After Cornwall in Greenwitch, now we get to s...more
I was glad to see that I finally warmed to Will in this one, and I really liked Bran. His heritage was perhaps slightly contrived, but I thought it worked well enough. I'm not really sure I get what the Grey King was trying to do though... perhaps just work chaos, because he also knew who Bram was?
I'm still not blown away by this series, but it is turning out to be better than I'd originally thought, and now it would just be silly not to finish it ;-)
The point is that this is book three in the "Dark is Rising" series in which Will Stanton is helping to defend the Light to keep evil from overtaking the world. Will is an Old One, a sort-of wizard-with-benefits. He has been sent to...more
To my mind, this is the point in the seque...more
Pro: Will is finally Seeking on his own! Merriman isn't there to help or lead or whatever.
Con: Instead of being led to the Thing of Power, he stumbles onto it. Not much of a challenge, but slightly more interesting.
Pro: New location, new characters, new "bad guy".
Con: At its heart, this is just another hunt for a Thing of Power.
Pro: The dangers to Will a...more
Pay no heed to the horrible computer-generated faces on the cover: this whirlwind story is as beautiful as they are creepy, the complete...more
This time, Will has a...more
John Rowlands' little speech about the coldness at the heart of the Light always strikes me -- it's...more
Will Stanton is in Wales, ostensibly to recover from a long illness. In r...more
Susan Cooper makes me want to visit the British Isles even more than I did previously! In this book, Will Stanton recuperates from a serious illness by visiting family in Wales. Cooper does a wonderful job of sharing how to pronounce Welsh words. I listened to the audiobook while reading the novel (though not at the same time, which I wish I HAD done). This audiobook had a different narrator from the others--R...more
I think Bran is my favourite character of the series. Barney's cute, but Bran has more depth, with his troubled past and how much he has to d...more
Since then, I've re-read 'The Grey King' more times than I can count, though there's nothing quite like the first time. The book comes in the middle of a seri...more
Summary: A young boy, named Will Stanton, extremely ill and near death, traveled to Wales to recuperate with family. There he learned of his special powers as an Old One, and with his new friend Bran Davis, they go on various quest to battle the evils of darkness.
(a.) A definite strength to this fantasy title was the author’s style. With that said, I was able, throughout, to place vivid imagines in my mind, allowing me to se...more
Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspap...more