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The Grey King

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

One of the best books I've EVER read (And I've read a LOT of books)

This is sort of like a dream world that everyone (everyone like me) would want to escape into.. I love how Susan Cooper blends in a lot of myths and legends and forms an explaination for all of them, making all of them connected. Susan Cooper's works are, in my opinion,...
This is sort of like a dream world that everyone (everyone like me) would want to escape into.. I love how Susan Cooper blends in a lot of myths and legends and forms an explaination for all of them, making all of them connected. Susan Cooper's works are, in my opinion, similar to LotR, but in a good way, unlike other authors works. She is second best only to JRRT (JRR Tolkien). In this book, the Dark gave Will Stanton, the youngest Old One of the Light, a bad cold (worse than you'd think) in order to slow him down in their attempt to rise into power. Will Stanton is aided by the strange albino boy, Bran (the son of someone very famous :) I won't spoil it for you), in order to defeat the Grey King, a terrible Dark Lord. In this book, Bran realizes that sacrifices must be made.

posted by Anonymous on June 17, 2003

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Not Recommended

Maybe I wasn't trying hard enough to understand the plot. Maybe the book was just written confusingly. Maybe I just didn't like it. Anyway, I did not enjoy this book at all. I found it slow, and almost childish. The opening was confusing, seeming like it had been writte...
Maybe I wasn't trying hard enough to understand the plot. Maybe the book was just written confusingly. Maybe I just didn't like it. Anyway, I did not enjoy this book at all. I found it slow, and almost childish. The opening was confusing, seeming like it had been written by a rambling old man. It was so slow that I had to put the book down and do something else many times throughout the first part. The ending of the book was the opposite: it was strangely paced and the obstacles seemed like they were invented by a child afraid of the dark. The book provoked absolutely no emotional response in me. If the main character had been eaten by a giant spider, I would not have cared less. The author did a terrible job establishing any real relationship with the protagonist that a lot of fantasy seems to have. If not for a somewhat followable plot, I would try to rate this 0/5 stars. It was legitmately one of the most slow, oddly-paced, confusing books I've ever read. I would rate it as pure child's fantasy: fit for a preteen who has had absolutely no exposure to good fantasy in their life. If you are any age above 13, don't waste your reading time on this book. Even if you are under that age, this book just isn't satisfying. Perhaps the same character and situation could've been used, and the author just completely botched establishing character relationships and setting the pace for the book. We will never know. A waste of time. 1/5 stars.

posted by xBlauBaerx on October 26, 2011

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    Posted November 28, 2004

    Ineffably beautiful

    I can't recommend this series highly enough. Those who think these are boring don't know good literature. This isn't the best in the series, but it's still totally awe-inspiring.

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