↠ Silver on the Tree ☆ Susan Cooper, Silver on the Tree, Susan Cooper, Silver on the Tree The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world And Will Stanton last born of the immortal Old Ones dedicated to keeping the world free must join forces with this ageless master Merriman and Bran the Welsh boy whose destiny ties him to the Light Drawn in with them are the three Drew children who are mortal but have their own vital part in tThe Dark is ri ↠ Silver on the Tree ☆ Susan Cooper - Silver on the Tree, Silver on the Tree The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world And Will Stanton last born of the immortal Old Ones dedicated to keeping the world free must join forces with this ageless master
↠ Silver on the Tree ☆ Susan Cooper - Silver on the Tree, Silver on the Tree The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world And Will Stanton last born of the immortal Old Ones dedicated to keeping the world free must join forces with this ageless master
Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of goldPlayed to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea All shall find the Light at last, silver on the tree.This was my Harry Potter, you kids.It is still magic.September 2013 rereadI still remember the day in fifth grade, many, many years ago, when the school librarian told me that the book I d been waiting for was in Silver on the Tree, the fifth and final volume in Susan Cooper s Dark is Rising sequence.I [...]
I remember loving these books as a child but I had forgotten how much I skipped over Re reading childhood favorites is dangerous, but in the case of the Dark Is Rising books, you really should not do it.What I loved was the Drew children, because Stone Over Sea is a wonderful book and I kept reading to get of them But everything having to do with Will Stanton was so outrageously irritating, I nearly didn t finish the fifth book, Silver on the Tree Good lord He magically gets all these outrageou [...]
This was a disappointing end to a disappointing series It s all too vague, says Jane at one point, at the start of yet another random adventure, a sentiment that unfortunately applies to the whole of The Dark Is Rising sequence.I don t even know where to begin, so I ll start with the same criticisms I had with the other four books no explanation about how all the magic works and overuse of capitalized words that signify nothing Now, there is a little speech Will gives at the beginning of this bo [...]
Some authors treat magic in a somehow mechanistic way, although perhaps no explanation is offered for how the magic works.The magic user says a spell, flames light up.The magic user says a spell, he levitates.The magic user says a spell, somebody dies.As easy as that.But there are other authors who can do than that they create worlds in which magic feels like air filling the atmosphere there, seeping through the words that we read so that we feel magical ourselves One of the authors with such a [...]
Well, this was exceedingly disappointing.Silver on the Tree encapsulates and highlights every single thing that was frustrating about the series as a whole the vagueness of the plot, the lack of any real sense of danger considering that the Dark is Rising , the quests that are not really quests and are like stumbling unto Things, the overwhelming sense that everything is pre ordained even though everybody talks about free will, the lack of any character development, the romantic obsession with [...]
In this last book, everything comes together All the characters, all the plots and threads, all the separate pieces of mythology Again, it s a beautiful book, and again, as always, there is some amazing characterisation The things that catch my eye especially in this book are the initial awe resentment of Bran from the Drews, Gwion s loyalty to and grief for Gwddyno, and John s grief when Blodwen betrays him There s a lot of complex emotion going on here beneath the actual plot, and parts of it [...]
Finally finished my yearly ish reread with this book The conclusion to the sequence is full of its own magic and beauty, but because of the ending, it just can t be my favourite Perhaps in a similar way that The Farthest Shore doesn t work for me I don t like it when the magic comes to an end The whole sequence in the Lost Land is gorgeous, and probably my favourite thing about this book Then, of course, there s the interactions between the group such disparate kids, and brought together for a q [...]
And now we have to talk about The Thing Spoilers abound, for once, because I ve really just gotta get my teeth straight into this Before that, though, the rest of the book It s honestly, I m not crazy about it I remember that this was never one I reread much as a child Well, that s not true I reread the first third all the time, but I d stop whenever the magic started coming thick and heavy There is something so wrenching about Will and his brother by the river, about Stephen caring enough to a [...]
I ve read this entire series by audiobook, and while I enjoyed it, I really think I need to go back and read them as books Sometimes I would have gaps of days in between my listening within a book, and gaps of weeks or even months between the books themselves, so I got a little confused The whole series seems a bit un explained, to me, and I m really kind of perplexed that I couldn t get as into it as so many other people I didn t like the way the point of view jumped back and forth between the [...]
I never read these as a kid, though I was aware of them I read them as an adult, and I remember the entire series as a whole I think I d like to read them aloud to my kids, once we finish Harry Potter.
What breaks my heart a little bit every time is that they have to forget it happened.Sometimes I think the best ends to stories like this are the bittersweet ones The adventure happened, you changed the world, but then you must forget and become ordinary once .
I really don t know what it is about this series that leaves me less than enthusiastic about reading it I barely managed to finish this, the final book In fact I ended up skimming most of the second half and tuning back in only for the final battle Throughout the whole series the story suffered from a removed and distant point of view, so I never felt anxious or sad of happy about anything that happened The bad guys weren t really that bad they followed all the rules There was even a point in th [...]
The 5th of an amazing children s series I d read so many times over that the spine creases combined into one, big, obscuring curl I m saddened by the previews of the upcoming movie where it appears the lilting beauty of Cooper s story has been fed steroids and enhanced with explosions What s this about an American protagonist rather than English, and no mention of the Arthurian connection The horrors
A satisfying conclusion to the series I realized, listening to the books, that they re not so much about what happens as about the tone, the sense of place, and the way that good and evil work themselves out in the world I couldn t really tell you the plot of this one the Dark is rising again and Will and the others are trying to stop it But that scarcely mattered, because I was interested in how Bran would decide his own fate, and how John Rowlands would respond to an unexpected twist in his li [...]
Squeaked this in just before 2013 began There s little I can say about this book I don t understand people who don t like it, who can t see the layers of ambiguity in it, the way there s always to discover Mind you, I m sure it s partly me that brings that to this most loved story.I love that Susan Cooper s people are people, most of them neither Dark nor Light but people, trying to live I ve needed a Stephen Stanton in the past, and Susan Cooper reminds me as Will is reminded by his family th [...]
SO a five book series comes down to a three page climax in which the main character can t really call him a protagonist because of how little he actually does is little than an observer He s never in danger, never emotionally challenged, and does not grow or change He does what he s supposed to do, like everybody else in the series, but there s never really any reason to feel anything for him, about him, or with him.The writing is sometimes beautiful, and the world is interesting, with a someti [...]
Well, here we are, at the end of a very long journey I can see now why The Dark is Rising sequence is packaged, well, as a sequence The individual novels are quite short some of them closer to novellas than anything else The five book stories are in fact a single story, but packaged together, they take up nearly 800 pages of very small print It s an adult sized story aimed at young adults and children, and I imagine the omnibus edition is intimidating I found it intimidating, which is why I ve b [...]
I have now completed my re read of this series.I want this book to be so much better than it is It s not as weak as The Dark Is Rising was, but it s not much better Susan Cooper describes things and people and scenery endlessly, and continues to drop chunks of convenient exposition all over the place that haven t even been hinted at in the foregoing series, but there is minimal character development of the protagonists, and sometimes minimal interaction It is almost as if Cooper suddenly realize [...]
I wanted to like this book The Drew kids were back, as was Bran, so they were supposed to outweigh Will Stanton s Will Stantonness Ironically, Will Stanton actually has human moments in this book than he s had in a while, so to balance it out, Bran basically loses all sense of self and sleepwalks through his destiny And the Drew kids BARELY DO ANYTHING Susan Cooper s poor pacing continues, as we begin with random racism that s supposed to represent the Dark s hold on humanity or something, and [...]
This book brings together the rest of the sequence, and brings the struggle of the Light and the Dark to its conclusion It s mostly set in Wales, with all the characters reuniting there It has a lot of the stunning passages of prose that I ve praised before, and as with The Grey King, it s a bit subtle in terms of the Light Dark divide Not quite as much as I d really like to see, I think the White Rider is a pretty troubling figure I d want ambiguity there, of a hint that she had feelings as [...]
This book was slightly better than the 3rd or 4th book in the series, but I just couldn t get through it I think one reason that I don t really like these books is that there is no climax It follows the characters down a fairly straight forward path There is no tension everything just falls into place and is easy.
As I finish this series I m filled with a lot of mixed feelings There were a great deal of things I enjoyed about these books but other things that were disappointing or bafflingBut in terms of this book, I found this an underwhelming and overly long finale Too often the text devolved into descriptions of things The entire first part of the book was 100% unnecessary When you can cut an entire large section of your book without it messing up the plot you have a very serious problem And I can t ev [...]
Well, that s that At last.When these books first came out I gulped them, without a belch or even coming up for air I loved them, but my life changed radically in about 18 mos time and I left the small town where I grew up, its library, and indeed its continent for a new home I thought about this series fondly from time to time, so when I had the chance to re read it, I was eager to do so.Oh dear Those who follow my reviews will know it s been just one disappointment after the other 80% of that i [...]
Cooper brings us to a fine conclusion in the battle between good and evil, the light and the dark The ending in this is packed with emotion and heartbreak I thought this was a superb series if I had read it as a child I would have loved it even .
Silver on the Tree combines all the best of the other books of the sequence the magic, the genuine moments of terror and alarm, the weaving of legends and the everyday, the mysteries that leave you to wonder, the sense of place And than any of the others it combines both sadness and joy in that, it s the most adult of the sequence.I especially enjoy little touches like Bran getting to meet Owain Glynd r one thing I did miss was Barney not having of a reaction to actually meeting King Arthur wh [...]
My full, overview like review of this book is here this review is just about my most recent reading It was unfortunately swift, really, since my poor girlfriend needs to sleep and I was only halfway through by sometime past midnight So I hurried up, and didn t have as much time as I d like to savour the images and the taste of the words Not that it isn t, in a way, appropriate to read it as a race against time, since that s what this book is From the sleepiness, the slow start of Over Sea Under [...]
Concluding my seasonal reread of The Dark is Rising, the series last and longest book Also, somehow, the hardest to read You know how sometimes, a book isn t bad or boring you, but you still find your eye sort of sliding off the text And yet the story is definitely making it through to you, albeit in a fractured form The whole series has had an aspect of dream to it waking in the middle of the night to find oneself back in time, and so forth but it s a deeper dream this time, with much of the ac [...]
Loved the ending Best of the series.I would have enjoyed all of the books if the details of the plot had been precise It s all a mystical world, so the author gets to make up the rules but they seemed very blurred and haphazard As the reader, you know The Light will win in the end, but the eventual triumph seemingly rests on lots of vague circumstances taking place and things happening just so Arbitrary laws seem to be the basis for everything, which partly increases the mystery of the world o [...]
My favorite book in the Dark is Rising sequence is the first one, Over Sea, Under Stone All the others are just not as good.I listened to these books and probably would not have finished all of them if I had been reading them instead This one had the same long winded descriptions of this and that, so much so that the reader gets kind of lost in what the actual action is, that is to say what s important to the story line The ending got way too preachy for my taste, but I suppose that could be att [...]
The last book in the quintet series of The Dark Is Rising.This concludes the tale of Will the sign seeker and the Drew children and Bran Pendragon It races across Buckinghamshire, Wales and the Chiltern Hills towards the last battle of the Dark against the Light.There are some unforgettable characters with this series and although aimed at young people initially, it is timeless and ageless in it s appeal With it s mix of Arthurian and Old English and Welsh mythology it has a magical feel to it.I [...]