Silver on the Tree (The Dark Is Rising Sequence Series #5)

Silver on the Tree (The Dark Is Rising Sequence Series #5)

by Susan Cooper

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ISBN-13: 9780689840333
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Series: Dark Is Rising Sequence Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 194,873
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

About the Author

Susan Cooper is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of Victory, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel; King of Shadows, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book; The Boggart; Seaward; Ghost Hawk; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.

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Somewhere in the shifting greyness, a patch of colour began faintly to glow, red and pink and blue merging into one another too fast for the eye to follow. Glimmering soft and warm on the cold mountain, it held Jane's gaze as hypnotically as a flame; then gradually it began to focus itself, and Jane blinked in disbelief as she realized that a form was taking shape around it. Not definite clear shape, but a suggestion, a hint of what might be seen with the right eyes....

The brightness grew more intense until suddenly it was all contained in a glowing rose-coloured stone set into a ring, and the ring on the finger of a slender figure standing before her, leaning a little as if resting on a stick. There was at first such brightness around the figure that Jane could not look directly at it; instead her eyes flickered down to the ground on which it stood, only to realize with a shock that no ground was there. The figure was floating before her, an isolate fragment of whatever world lay there behind the greyness. It was the delicate form of an old lady, she saw now, wearing a long light-coloured robe; the face was fine-boned, kindly yet arrogant, with clear blue eyes that shone strangely young in the old, old cobweb-lined face.

Jane had forgotten the others, forgotten the mountain and the rain, forgotten everything but the face that watched her and now, gently, smiled. But still the old lady did not speak.

Jane said huskily, "You are the Lady. Will's Lady."

The Lady inclined her head, a slow graceful nod. "And since you can see that much, I may speak to you, Jane Drew. It was intended, from the beginning, that you should carry the last message."

"Message?" Jane's voice came out ina whisper.

"Some things there are that may be communicated only between like and like," the sweet soft voice said from the mist. "It is the pattern of a child's game of dominoes. For you and I are much the same, Jane, Jana, Juno, Jane, in clear ways that separate us from all others concerned in this quest. And you and Will are alike in your youth and your vigour, neither of which I share."

The voice grew fainter, as if with a great weariness; then rallied, and the light glowed more brightly from the rose-coloured ring on the Lady's hand. She drew herself upright, and her robe shone clear white now, bright as a moon over the grey lake.

"Jane," she said.

"Madam?" Jane said at once, and without any self-consciousness she bowed her head and dipped one knee almost to kneeling, oblivious of her jeans and anorak, as if she were dropping a deep curtsey of respect, out of another age.

The Lady said clearly, "You must tell him that they must go to the Lost Land, in the moment when it shall show itself between the land and the sea. And a white bone will prevent them, and a flying may-tree will save them, and only the horn can stop the wheel. And in the glass tower among the seven trees, they will find the crystal sword of the Light."

Her voice wavered, ending in a gasp, as if clutching for some last strength.

Jane said, struggling to hold the words, struggling to hold her image of the Lady, "In the glass tower among the seven trees. And -- a white bone will prevent them, and a flying may-tree save them. And only the -- the horn will stop the wheel."

"Remember," the Lady said. Her white form was beginning to fade, and the glow dying in the rose of the ring. The voice grew softer, softer. "Remember, my daughter. And be brave, Jane. Be brave...brave...."

The sound died, the wind whirled; Jane stared desperately out into the grey mist, searching to see the clear blue eyes in the old, lined face as if only they could fix the words in her memory. But she was alone among the dark hills and the lake with the low clouds blowing, and in her ears only the wind and the last imagined thread of a dying voice. And, now, as if it had never left her consciousness from the first instant, there came instead the clear high echo-twined melody of Will's voice, that had seemed to her like the mountains singing.

Suddenly the singing broke off. Will's voice flung through the air in a hoarse, urgent shout. "Jane! Jane!" The echo followed it "...Jane!...Jane!..." like a whispered warning. In quick instinct Jane swung round towards the voice, but saw only the green slope of the hill.

Then she looked back at the lake, and found that in the brief moment of her turning, such horror had arisen before her that panic engulfed her like ice-cold water. She tried to scream, and brought out only a strangled croak.

Out of the dark water an immense neck rose, swaying before her, dripping, tipped by a small pointed head, open-mouthed, black-toothed. Two horn-like antennae moved sluggishly to and fro on the head, like the horns of a snail; a fringe like a mane began between them and ran down the whole length of the neck, bent to one side by the water that hung from it, dripping slimily into the lake. The neck rose higher and higher, huge, endless. Gazing in motionless terror Jane saw that it was everywhere a dark green, shot with a strange dull iridescence, except on the underside that faced her, a dead silvery-white like the belly of a fish. High over her head the creature towered and swayed, menacing; the air was filled with a stench of weed and marsh-gas and decaying things.

Jane's arms and legs would not move. She stood, staring. The great serpent lunged to and fro towards her, nearer, nearer, blindly searching. Its mouth hung open. Slime dripped from the black jaws. It swung close to her, reeking, dreadful, and seemed to sense her; the head drew back to strike.

Jane screamed, and closed her eyes.

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Psychology Today "Susan Cooper is one of the few contemporary writers who has the vivid imagination, the narrative powers, and the moral vision that permit her to create the kind of sweeping conflict between good and evil that lies at the heart of all great fantasy. Tolkien had it. So did C.S. Lewis. And Cooper writes in the same tradition."

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Silver on the Tree (The Dark Is Rising Sequence Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Worth every penny, worth every second. This book is really awesome, striking and original. If you miss out on this series, you will never know the wonders you've left undiscovered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best conclusion to one of the best series there ever was. It is creative and unique, and displays good and evil in a most enticing way. Silver on the tree draws the charecters form the previous four books (Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew, Will Stanton, and Bran Davies) together. It's terrific, a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the whole series was wonderful. it was the first series i'll read again and again. highly recommended!
bookworm12 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
**This review won¿t make much sense if you haven¿t read the rest of the series**This is the final book in The Dark is Rising series and I¿ll admit, it was sad to say goodbye. Everything has been building to the final battle between the dark and the light and this book provided a satisfying conclusion. For me, the action sequences have never been the draw. It¿s the relationships that make the series a success and in this book, all the characters are together for the first time. Of course, when everyone is finally together there¿s a bit of rivalry, but that would happen with any group. Will has really grown as a character, balancing his life as a young man and as an Old One can¿t be easy, but it seems like he has matured. His role in the series is actually pretty tragic. It broke my heart when Will tells his brother who he really is and his brother doesn¿t believe him. He then has to make him forget what he said. It seems like the people who fight for what¿s right often lead such lonely lives. This book features some wonderful new characters, like Gwion, and some intense scenes, like Will and Bran being chased by the skeletal horse. There¿s also a great scene where Will and Merriman travel back in time to when the Romans were in Britain. Also, Jane¿s role becomes vital in this book, because she and the Grey Lady are both females, so they have a special connection. One of the aspects I¿ve enjoyed the most from this series is the way the ¿Dark¿ attacks people. It¿s not about violent attacks or brute force; instead they plant seeds of doubt and prey on people¿s fears. They manipulate and tempt and those are much more effective ways of getting what you want. It¿s much easier to stand strong against a physical attack than it is to resist the idea that you aren¿t good enough or that someone has betrayed you. One thing I wished I¿d known about the series before I began it is that there is a central cast of characters, but they aren¿t in every book. The main characters include Simon, Jane and Barney Drew, Merriman Lyon, Will Stanton, Bran and a few others. The first book features the Drew sibling, we don¿t meet Will until the second book and the Drew siblings aren¿t even in that one. Bran doesn¿t show up until the fourth book, etc. It all comes together in the final book, but I think I would have enjoyed the second book much more if I had stopped waiting for the Drew siblings to appear.All-in-all, I really enjoyed the whole series, especially the references to the Arthur/Merlin legend. I wish I¿d read them when I was young, but I¿m glad to discover them now. ¿`Why should some of the Riders of the Dark be dressed all in white and the rest all in black?¿ Will said reflectively, `I don¿t know. Maybe because the dark can only reach people at extremes, blinded by their own shining ideas or locked up in the darkness of their own heads.¿¿
reannon on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Fifth and final book in the Dark is Rising series. Excellent series overall, that revived my belief in magic. Overall, I thought the first book was the weakest, the 2nd was excellent, the third good, and the 4th and 5th excellent. Short and fast reads, they create a wonderful whole, that draws strongly on Celtic and other mythology.
sirfurboy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Possibly the best series of books I ever read. I have visited every location mentioned in the books! A powerful set of stories when I was younger, I would still enjoy them now. The movie is bound to be a huge let down - but I still can't wait to see it!
callmecayce on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I absolutely love this series. I love the world Cooper's created, along with the characters. I love the fuzziness of good versus evil, along with the idea that some things are black and white (aka the light is good and the dark is bad) but not everything is (hence the fuzziness. I love Bran and Will, I love the Drews and I love Merry. I enjoy all the side characters who flit in and out of the books. In this final book, Cooper manages to write her characters as older and more mature (including the Drews). The ending, of course, broke my heart a little and it makes my heart ache to think about Will as the only one who remembers after everyone else has forgotten or is gone. I'm also very glad that I listened to these books, they were just as good as when I read them, but the experience was actually better on audio. I'm not sure if it was the reader(s) or what, but they were a pleasure to listen to.
booksandwine on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Silver On The Tree is the conclusion of the Dark Is Rising sequence. It wraps up all of the lose ends of the story so eloquently. The Drew children, Will Stanton, and Bran Davies all come together to turn back the rising of the dark. It was a great end to an epic journey, and last few pages are so well written I will definately pick this book up again just to re-read the resolution.
RebeccaAnn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Spoilers ahead:I found this be a mostly satisfying conclusion to this series, even if it was a bit sad. The action was exciting the whole tone of the bookw as much darker than previous ones (with possibly the exception of the fourth book - The Grey King). Some parts of the book I found almost theatrical in nature. The scene where Will and Bran are in the maze of mirrors and all the glass shatters musically left me breathless.I do the ending was just a little disappointing, and perhaps this is because I'm not very familiar with Welsh mythology, but I didn't understand how the winner in the battle between the Light and the Dark could be decided by who slices through a bush of mistletoe on one special tree. It seemed a little...anticlimatic.The very end was also just a little bit sad. I mourned for Will because neither Bran nor the Drew children would remember any of their adventures or how much they helped the Light. I think the ending was supposed to be happy, but that's not how I saw it. Still, it was a very good book and I greatly enjoyed the series as a whole. It's a keeper and one that, at some point in the future, I hope to reread.
AngelaG86 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
With the sixth of the group needed finally found, Will Stanton, the Drew children, and others on the quest with them join to roll back the Dark for the final time. Great YA.
readafew on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the 5th and final book in the Dark is Rising series and it is for the final prize, winner takes all, will it be the Light or the Dark?. All of our favorite characters come back in this one to do their part to help the Light win. This is a neat set of books for young adults/Middle school kids. I read them when I was in Middle school and found them a little spooky, having reread them as an adult I found them an easy read and definitely written for younger readers. Great books to get younger readers interested in reading.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A lovely conclusion to the Dark is Rising sequence.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Finally, I finished the Dark is Rising series! I thought the ending was alright, but once again, I¿ll admit that Cooper¿s non-direct style of writing sometimes bothers me. I like being told what¿s going on in clear language, so there were places in this book that just annoyed me¿but ultimately, I applaud her consistency throughout the series, and found the ending sad but necessary.It wasn¿t my favorite of the series ¿ I think that one goes to The Grey King ¿ but on the whole, I¿m glad I took the time to read the books and recommend them to enthusiasts of classic children¿s literature or fantasy. Time well spent.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the best book in the Dark is Rising series since the one that bears that name. It is fairly long (compared to Greenwitch and The Grey King) and sometimes seems a little slow-going, but for the most part it kept me in suspense as it improved immensely upon my criticism of the previous books in the series that it seems like things happen too easily for the characters. For much of this story, the children have no idea what they're supposed to be doing next, but are figuring out how the bits and pieces of verses they've picked up throughout all their adventures fit together. All the children from the previous books come together in this one, and it really ties up all the loose ends from the earlier stories. My only regret about the plot is that it is hinted a few times that Jane might be special in some way, but there is never really an indication of what that might mean. The moral theme of free will in relation to fulfilling prophecy again plays a strong role in this book, and while I may not agree with the take on it presented here, it is at least elegantly addressed. This is a fitting conclusion to an enjoyable series, and one that leaves you disappointed to see it all end.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the last of the Dark is Rising sequence and, in keeping with my re-read of the Prydain Chronicles, this is probably my least favorite book, again because it is the most epic.In this last tale the Dark and Light are gathering for one last battle and Will Stanton and his Welsh friend, Bran, must gain the crystal sword and join with the Drew siblings to aid Merriman.Everyone is here, but for me the book is marred by the long section all about looking for the crystal sword through the Lost Land. The pace in this large section seemed off and I had trouble caring about what happened. The ending of this novel also feels off, somehow - like Cooper ran out of steam and worked to tie up loose ends all at once. Choices are expediently made or not made at all and Gummery, predictably, goes off to the Summer Country (or the Old One equivalent).Still and all this is a wonderful series for both children and adults (and excellent for reading aloud chapter by chapter)!
Wiszard on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was my least favorite book of the five. At times, I thought the text rambled on. I was very disappointed in the ending of this series especially after enjoying the first four very much. For fans of this series, books 1, 2, & 4 were my favorites.
scampus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The fifth and best of Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence, bringing everything to what is for me a very satisfactory conclusion."... the Dark came rising." I've found very few more shiver-inducing sentences in all of children's fantasy literature.
danbarrett on LibraryThing 8 months ago
An excellent series, and by excellent I mean EXCELLENT, in all capital letters. I was obsessed with these books as a lad, and I still find them riveting upon rereading. Though my favorite book in the series is "The Grey King", this book is also wonderful, especially so for featuring the ending.
Adam_Gentry More than 1 year ago
To gather the circle, what was lost must be reclaimed. The Dark is rising in their last bid to claim the world of men. Only the power of the Old Ones can stand against them, but the circle remains incomplete. The Lady is absent. And so once more Will Stanton must embark on a quest; first to find the Lady, and then, with her guidance, seek out the last thing of power, the crystal sword. Joining him on his quest are his master Merriman, the three Drews, and Bran, heir to an ancient legacy. Together they will travel through history, to lost lands and ancient battles, all in preparation for the final battle to cast out the Dark for all time. An uninspired opening sets a poor example for the first quarter of the book, plodding through scenes before eventually rallying around a problem. Regrettably the story flounders again, forcing characters who just met into open animosity for the sake of tension and conflict. The underlying ideas are interesting, but without the proper time to earn them. The second quarter brings another change, as the story blossoming into a rich narrative to rival anything that’s come before. Beautiful descriptions linger on otherworldly images, while the characters struggle with ideas that both echo and challenge long held beliefs. The final turn brings a slight dip, but in its final moments the story acquits itself well, lingering on the bittersweet reality that all things pass in time, with only dreams to remind us. +Strong Ideas +Strong Descriptions *A blend of young and mature -Weak Beginning -Fragmented, rushed plot 3/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome series
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Awesome and intense
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It is the one of the first books that I have read from my school in a long time
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