The Dark Is Rising Sequence

The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper includes

In the series, the main characters help the Light (good forces) battle the Dark (evil forces). Primarily they do this by solving various riddles or figuring out where magical objects are and overcoming obstacles to retrieve them.. These magical objects, a grail, a golden harp and a crystal sword, are hidden in different places in Cornwall and Wales. Most of the obstacles are emotional or mental: facing their fears, not giving into temptations.


This series weaves in the battle between good and evil, Arthurian legend and other elements of fantasy and of real life children and youth issues.

If you like this series, check out the books of Madeleine L'Engle or J.K. Rowling.

Some of the recurring characters

  • Simon, Jane and Barney Drew
  • Will Stanton
  • Merriman Lyon or "Great-Uncle Merry"
  • Bran Davies

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