Prime Over Sea Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising) By Susan Cooper –

On holiday in Cornwall, Simon, Jane and Barney Drew discover an ancient map in the attic of the Grey House, where they are staying with their mysterious Great Uncle Merry They know immediately that it is special But it is muchthan just a map It is the start of a quest to find a grail, a source of great power that could contain or resurrect the powerful, age old forces of evil in the world And the Drews are not the only ones searching for it.

8 thoughts on “Over Sea Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising)

  1. Sir Furboy Sir Furboy says:

    I first read this book many years ago, and the follow up books that make up the Dark is Rising Sequence I think these books are perhaps the best series I ever read Certainly they are the best young adult series The series is a timeless wonderful masterpiece.This book is in my opinion possibly the weakest of the series But that is not really a criticism This book is still wonderful, exciting, fast paced classic treasure hunting adventure Three children on holiday in Cornwall with their parents and a mysterious uncle discover an ancient treasure map lost in a secret room in the house they are staying in The very idea is wonderfully captivating Throw in some Arthurian legend too and it is no wonder that children and adults alike can and do love this book This is an absolute classic.Re reading it, I noticed a few things that irritate me as an adult reader although I did not care when I was younger One such thing is the slightly Enid Blyton feel, where the adults can miss the obvious and thus the kids solve all the mysteries However, some of that is explained in later books and where it is not explained, it does not really ruin the story.I highly recommend this book and even highly recommend the rest of the series Well written, wonderfully imagined and perfectly set with good characterisations, an engaging plot I have read all this series several times Once again, part of the best series I ever read.

  2. T. Kelsall T. Kelsall says:

    As it was Christmas I decided I needed a good book to read for dark nights so started with The Dark is Rising which I had read in my childhood Enjoyed it so much I then bought the remaining books Over Sea Under Stone is a great book, just as vivid and imaginative as ever I know readers may compare it to Harry Potter and maybe be a little disappointed, but even today this series hold their own even after 30 plus years Am now on last book Silver on the Tree and will be sorry my journey with the forces of the Dark and the Light has come to an end By the way if you decide to read the books, don t watch the film it s nothing like the books and you may well be disappointed.

  3. Littleladyjojo Littleladyjojo says:

    A very well read version of this classic story.My family was becoming frustrated with the massively condensed audio versions of books, and this one seems to be unabridged.A complete delight, making a six hour car journey not exactly fly by, but at least made it bearable.We ll buy the next one in the series for the next time we have a long journey to make Quick note about the book if you haven t read listened to it beforeIt s a very good prologue to the Dark is Rising series, written several years before the other books, it is aimed at a younger audience than the others, although older children and adults will still enjoy it as a taster to the sequence.

  4. F.J. in play F.J. in play says:

    This is one of about five stories which I will re read often Evil will always be overcome by the good This story, The Dark is Rising sequence, gives me great hope and confidence in mankind s future.

  5. Claire Claire says:

    I read these as a kid and then spent ages trying to find them again to share with my kids I just re read and I loved it as much I ll read the next one Where the film

  6. PoliticalGeek PoliticalGeek says:

    Written decades ago I avoided reading this book because my name is so similar to the author in some childhood fit of pique Bitterly regretting this now as the younger me would have enjoyed this book even than the mature adult Although part of a series this book can be read as a standalone

  7. A. Clements A. Clements says:

    A classic I just returned to it having recommended it to a friend, and then realised that it had been ages since I d read it myself Such a good book, and certainly not just for children Bit of a shame that the bookshop I went into to ask for it didn t have it in stock and the older teenager behind the desk clearly hadn t ever heard of it Recommend it to all your friends teenagers, and your teenage friends

  8. Dr. H. J. S. Bufton Dr. H. J. S. Bufton says:

    Brilliant Great to revisit a childhood favourite find it just as exciting My 12 year old daughter is really enjoying it