Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Sequence Series #4)

Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Sequence Series #4)

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by Susan Cooper
     
 

ISBN-10: 1416949674

ISBN-13: 2901416949670

Pub. Date: 05/08/2007

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

There is a Welsh legend about a harp of gold, hidden within a certain hill, that will be found by a boy
and a white dog with silver eyes -- a dog that can see the wind. Will Stanton knew nothing of this
when he came to Wales to recover from a severe illness. But when he met Bran, the strange boy who
owned a white dog, he began to remember. For Will is…  See more details below

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There is a Welsh legend about a harp of gold, hidden within a certain hill, that will be found by a boy
and a white dog with silver eyes -- a dog that can see the wind. Will Stanton knew nothing of this
when he came to Wales to recover from a severe illness. But when he met Bran, the strange boy who
owned a white dog, he began to remember. For Will is the last-born of the Old Ones, immortals
dedicated to saving the world from the forces of evil, the Dark. And it is Will's task to wake --
with the golden harp -- the six who must be roused from their long slumber in the Welsh hills to
prepare for the last battle between the Dark and the Light.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901416949670
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Series:
Dark Is Rising Sequence Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192

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The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Sequence Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Mythicdreamer More than 1 year ago
The story of Will Stanton and his fight against the Dark continues. This time everything is on the line and Will can not fail! With the help of a new ally, Bran and his ethereal dog, Cadfall, Will fights his most dangerous enemy the Grey King. Armed only with an ancient poem and his wits, Will must follow the signs left by the Old Ones and search the Welsh hills to find the coveted Magical Harp that will shift the tides of power. Fourth in the Dark Is Rising Series, this book pulls the whole series together in such a way that leaves you spellbound long after you turn the last pages. This was the book that sent me, as a kid, searching the hills behind my house for ancient secrets and daydreaming out the window. It was the first book I read in the Fantasy genre and it has left an everlasting impression. Of all the books in the series, this one is the most challenging because it does contain Welsh names and words that can be difficult for younger readers. I also recommend this book for higher level readers as it contains some intense scenes and requires good comprehension skills. You do not have to read the other books in this series before reading this one. Although, it does help to have read the second novel, The Dark Is Rising, as that is when Will Stanton is first introduced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that The Grey King was a good book because I enjoy reading fiction books. It is about a boy named Will Santon. He is part of a group of people called the Light, who have to stop another group of people called the Dark from taking over the world. I would recomend this book to someone who likes to read fiction books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT A LOT!
Caitlin Dunne More than 1 year ago
The whole "Dark is Rising" series holds a special place in my heart. This is one of the great YA books out there, I wish she would write some more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first encountered this book as an elementary student, more than 30 years ago. I will never forget picking the book off the library shelf and being riveted in place and time as I read the opening poem. I read The Grey King before I read any of the rest of this series, and it remains my favorite amongst them all to this day. I have read and reread this one story dozens of times over the course of 30 years and continue to be moved by the way in which Cooper weaves a magical tale around a larger theme: that in the heart of every young child is a yearning to wake up and discover that they are powerful and important in this world. I now enjoy discussing this classic with my son who, at 14, has read it many times already and loves it as much as I. I highly recommend this book to children, parents, and teachers. It is an outstanding piece of young adult literature and a wonderful story of triumph over darkness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I love fiction books and couldn't find one to read for a book report, so I picked this one up. Everybody should read it because it is so engrossing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too awsome for your eyes!
hydra2445 More than 1 year ago
This book has a great storyline. Maybe the negative reviewers didn't realize it's part of a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will Santon goes to Wales to recover from an illness. When Will gets to Wales he starts to remember his quest. When Will meets a strange boy named Bran he remembers his entire quest. Will’s quest is to find the golden harp and awaken the sleepers. Will also has to deal with a man who wants to kill all of the dogs. The man thinks that the dogs are killing his sheep. There are white foxes that only will can see, they are killing the sheep. Will has to prepare for the last battle between the light and dark. I didn’t like the beginning because it had no action Will just went around meeting people. The book got better when Will meet Bran because they start trying to find the golden harp. I didn’t want to stop reading when Will and Bran started going into Birds Rock because there was lots of action.
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