The Dark is Rising, Paperback
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'This night will be bad, and tomorrow will be beyond imagining.' It's Christmas time in the Stanton family house: presents, carol singing, good cheer.

But for eleven-year-old Will Stanton something sinister has begun, inching round his subconscious, shouting silent warnings he can't decipher.

Then on Midwinter Day Will wakes up to a different world - silent, covered in snow and ancient forest, a world of another time.

A world where evil lurks. Because Will is not the ordinary boy he always thought he was.

He is the last of the Old Ones and the power to vanquish the evil magic of the Dark lies within him.

Includes exclusive material: in the Backstory you can read an interview with the author and discover the ancient beliefs that inspired the story.

Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives.

Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780099583080



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I’m not sure how I missed this while growing up – I devoured children’s books weaving together ancient myths with contemporary life. Will turns 11 just before Christmas, and learns he’s one of the Old Ones. He has to balance his apparent status as a child with his aspect as a magical being coming into his power, protecting his family, village and the world against the Dark. Magical doorways link present to past, English myths to wider heritages. Hern the Hunter’s head is a Caribbean carnival mask; the protective Old Ones come from all cultures. The writing ranges from scarily sinister to great beauty. There’s a brilliant passage where a maleficent flourish gloriously results in a magnificently perfect ship burial.