Erin Reilly-Sanders's Reviews > The Dark Is Rising Sequence
The Dark Is Rising Sequence
After hearing a lot about this series, I was very disappointed in how pedestrian it was. Perhaps the rest of the series is better, but this one was very formulaic and not especially exciting. Following along with C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, it all starts on a rainy day with a bunch of British kids bored and playing in a big house. They start their adventure by finding an attic behind a wardrobe rather than actually in it. At one point, the dark side attempts to seduce one of the children but of course the kid doesn't give in. It sort of just follows a lot of the plot elements without the fantastical magical stuff and the moral dilemma that adds depth. As far as fantasy goes, the magical content is so low that it's nearly not existent, being confined to a couple mysterious occurrences such as a dog howling weirdly and a hypnotic voice. The link to Arthurian tales seems week, just some sort of excuse for a back-story and a Peggy Parish style kids mystery.
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