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Over Sea, Under Stone

Over Sea Under Stone On holiday in Cornwall the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in They know immediately that it is special It is even than that the key to find

  • Title: Over Sea, Under Stone
  • Author: Susan Cooper
  • ISBN: 9780689871214
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in They know immediately that it is special It is even than that the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril This is thOn holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in They know immediately that it is special It is even than that the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril This is the first volume of Susan Cooper s brilliant and absorbing fantasy sequence known as The Dark Is Rising.

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    1. mark monday on said:

      a slight but winning intro into a phenomenal series. this opening book follows the Drew children on summer holiday in Cornwall as they hurtle breathlessly from place to place, ancient map in hand and Arthurian treasure awaiting them as they skillfully avoid the forces of evilis is probably my 3rd or 4th time reading this book, and this particular time found me more amused than impatient. once upon a time, a long time ago, I started this series by reading The Magician's Nephew and then The Dark I [...]

    2. karen on said:

      how great is ariel?? ariel is exactly this great:i had never read this series, but had always wanted to. so ariel straight up mailed it to me! like santa! in june! ariel, i have also always wanted a choker made of rubies and emeralds and sweet sweet diamonds.while i am waiting for that,i will write a review for this book. obviously, there are going to be comparisons to that narnia series - british siblings shuttled off to a spooky house with secret passageways behind a wardrobe with an eccentric [...]

    3. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      This is a short yet fast-paced, exciting and thrilling middle-grade novel, definitely much more amazing than I initially thought.

    4. Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* on said:

      4.5 starsI have to admit I wasn't expecting a lot from this book -- I thought it would be much more geared toward the middle-grade crowd and probably fall in with the books I would've loved as a kid but if I read them now I'd be bored. But! I was happily surprised (and by surprised I mean snagged hook line and SINKER by this brilliance).It starts out feeling very Narnia-esque; a family siblings go to stay with an eccentric uncle professor and then the kids discover a passage behind the wardrobe. [...]

    5. Nick on said:

      The first book of my all-time favorite children's fantasy series. Yes Harry Potter is amazing, The Chronicles of Prydain is exceptional, Redwall is pretty fantastic. But for my money, Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series ranks as my #1 favorite. It has everything - an Arthurian theme, witches, the Holy Grail, Celtic Mythology, fun characters, and the writing is just superb. It's no wonder these books garnered a ton of awards because it really does stand out like a shimmering diamond in the c [...]

    6. Jason Koivu on said:

      A Nancy Drew-esque adventure in which some kids with the last name Drew attempt to find the Holy Grail. "Another book on the Arthur legend?" I groaned before commencing a hearty dismissive snore. I guess I didn't read the description close enough on or on the back of the book. I knew it was YA, but expected magic. Even sampling of it. This was not the fantasy novel I was looking for.These days reading about three English kids romping around the Cornwall seaside in search of King Arthur's grail [...]

    7. Ben Babcock on said:

      Over Sea, Under Stone reminds me of that endless string of ’80s and ’90s movies featuring plucky groups of child protagonists outwitting bumbling adult villains. You know the ones I mean—The Goonies is probably the most famous example, but there are others. Children get into real danger and use a combination of courage and clever planning to defeat the bad guys and save the day. In this case, Simon, Jane, and Barney work together to decipher a medieval treasure map that could lead to the G [...]

    8. Nikki on said:

      It’s time for a The Dark is Rising sequence readathon again! If you wish to join, you can do so via this blog. It’s the perfect time of year to reread the books, at least the second one in particular, with the winter solstice coming up. I always try and read them around this time of year!With that said, here goes my millionth (ish) review of Over Sea, Under Stone. I’ve noted before that it’s basically an Enid Blyton adventure/mystery story, with Arthurian trappings. This time through, I [...]

    9. Nikki on said:

      Very few people [who know me at all:] are unaware that The Dark Is Rising is possibly my favourite series of books in the history of ever. Still, I haven't done a series of proper reviews for them, which is a horrible shame, and I'm going to do that this time through.This is probably the fifteenth time I've read Over Sea, Under Stone, give or take a few times. Someone I knew recommended skipping it, since it's the most childish book in the series -- written, if I recall correctly, well before th [...]

    10. Lightreads on said:

      I am on a serious childhood nostalgia bender over here. Let that be a warning to you.This series came back to me like a bolt from the blue on a perfectly normal day last week, and I suddenly had to read it right now. But, fantastic, no problem, I thought. When I originally read these books -- and read them, and read them, and read them -- it was on cassette. The good old National Library Service for the Blind cassettes in their snap plastic cases. And the NLS has been busily digitizing the colle [...]

    11. Barb Middleton on said:

      I wanted to like this but couldn't sink my teeth into the plot or characters. Jane, Simon, and Barney, go with their parents to Cornwall to visit their Uncle Merry. The three explore the old grey house and discover an ancient map that puts them on the quest for the Holy Grail. The forces of Dark want the map too for its unlimited power and with the help of Uncle Merry it is a mad race to see who can find it first. The threesome are not sure who is good or bad and their innocent trust oftentimes [...]

    12. Cherie on said:

      I really enjoyed this story. I know that it is aimed a young reading group, but it was exciting and fun. There was enough mystery and danger to keep me wanting to listen. I am looking forward to the next book in the series to see what is next in store for the Drew children and their Great Uncle Merry.

    13. David on said:

      It's been many, many years since I first read this series. It was one of my favorites as a child, so I just recently bought the boxed set to work my way through it again.Over Sea, Under Stone is, if I recall correctly, not really part of the main series, being more of an introduction to the war between Light and Dark, with few of the characters appearing in the later books, except of course for Merriman Lyon. I remember even as a kid thinking that this was the least interesting book in the serie [...]

    14. Nikki on said:

      It'll surprise no one who knows me that I'm rereading this set of books at this time of year: Over Sea, Under Stone is more of a summer book, I suppose, but the one most rooted in a particular time of year is The Dark is Rising, the second book, in winter. (The runner-up would be The Grey King, set in the autumn around Samhain.) So I imagine that a few more reviews of these books will be added to my total before the end of the yearI read Over Sea, Under Stone in one go, this time. There are stil [...]

    15. Laura on said:

      On vacation with their Great Uncle Merry three young children stumble upon an old map and suddenly they are thrust into an adventure they never could have imagined.The beginning was a little slow getting into it and I even considered discarding it, but as I trudged along through it I found myself getting more and more intrigued. It had a feeling of The Chronicles of Narnia mixed with Nancy Drew, making it suspenseful, but fitting into the Fantasy mold. I wanted to read it because of the recent m [...]

    16. Richard on said:

      This book is the first of a series. It has a weird family resemblance to the Chronicles of Narnia: some children explore a mysterious old house while on holiday by the Cornish seaside. There is even a wardrobe, albeit not one that functions as a conduit to a magical world. The book seems to start off somewhat slowly but builds up to a very tense climax near the end, as Simon, Jane and Barnabas Drew grapple with the powers of evil aided by Great-Uncle Merry and a lovable dog named Rufus.

    17. Stephen on said:

      2.0 to 2.5 stars. A well written, original fantasy story. While written for a younger audience, it is in no ways condescending to them. First in the "Dark is Rising " sequence, this book introduces readers to the ages old battle between the Light and the Dark. Not a bad read.

    18. Kaitlin on said:

      This book was bad Really bad. I think maybe if I had read this as a young child it wouldn't have bothered me, but reading this as an adult it wasn't a good read.I picked this book up as a recent Magical Space Pussycats read and I had hoped to enjoy reading a kid's fiction for once. Unfortunately this story really suffered from prejudices and poor writing so I found myself getting more and more frustrated page by page.In this story we not only see three young British Middle-class children making [...]

    19. Mathew on said:

      It was an absolute treat to revisit this book and begin again on the Dark is Rising journey. There is much to like about Cooper's writing, her characters and sense of place are strong but deep within the veins of the words is this sense of a connection with our history and heritage. I'm a suckler for anything with monoliths and megaliths in and this was is full to the brim. Not only that but much like The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, there is this search and connection with an ancient past that I [...]

    20. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) on said:

      Three stars from the adult me. When I first read and raved about this series (or as much of it as I could find when I was in middle school--I think I never got hold of Vol 5), it would have been a solid five--or perhaps 7! I was King Arthur-mad in those days, and "fantasy fiction" was a relatively new phenomenon in my environment. The story of three siblings (and a dog) who search for the Holy Grail in Cornwall, dodging bad guys as they go, was just my drop in those days. I didn't remember anyth [...]

    21. Paul on said:

      "Over Sea, Under Stone" is the first of five books in Susan Cooper's classic "The Dark is Rising" sequence. In it, three children on holiday in Cornwall stumble upon an ancient map, and quickly find themselves embroiled in a race against both time and the forces of The Dark to find an ancient treasure. Aided by their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry, Simon, Jane and Barney can only depend on themselves, as familiar faces turn out to hide menacing intent, and the sunny shores of their vacation spot c [...]

    22. Nikki on said:

      I don't know how many times I've read this book, but it's a good candidate for the argument in the Feedback forums for sorting out multiple read dates -- I must've read it at least twenty times, I suppose, and one day I'm going to run out of editions on GoodReads to shelve. Never mind.I really have nothing new to say about this book, of course: it's comfort reading of the first order, for me. I think I used to say that as this is the most childish book of the sequence, it can be skipped, but hon [...]

    23. Ashlee Willis on said:

      My 8 year old son would have given this book a higher rating I am sure. I think he must be more patient than I am. But I had trouble making it through this book for some reason. From the too-drawn-out events that happened in the story, to the maddening way the children had of foolishly doing the exact wrong thing time and again, to the author's attempt to utterly drown the readers in adverbsI was ready for this book to be over when we were barely halfway through. That being said, it wasn't a par [...]

    24. Maree on said:

      This is a great kid's book. I'm really surprised I've never read it before, actually, and now I really want to finish the series. It's a really typical story in that the kids find a treasure map and get to it. But it's got the more serious aspect, a fight against evil, buried in the history of King Arthur and his fight. I'm also a fan of Arthurian legend, so it was neat to have that side of the story as well.The real thing that made me like this book was that I was actually worried for them. I w [...]

    25. Michelle on said:

      I still can't quite believe I missed these books when I was a kid. They are so up my alley.This is the first book in the series, which I didn't know until I'd already read the second one (The Dark is Rising). But really that's ok because this book involves an entirely different set of kids.One of the things I like best about these books is that they stand the test of time. They don't feel particularly dated, which is really nice.And I also like all three of the children in this book. They're sma [...]

    26. Rachel (Kalanadi) on said:

      I loved Over Sea, Under Stone when I first read it as a kid. It was coincidentally during my big Boxcar Children/Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys phase, so you can see that another story about kids following clues and finding long lost treasure would appeal so much at the time.Well, upon rereading for the third time, and the first as an adult, I can say it was a pretty simple, decent book, and I prefer all the later books in the sequence more. I also think it shows its age more than the others there are so [...]

    27. Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson on said:

      SSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SLLLOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!I've had to restart the book three times.It has taken me quite a while just to get to the point that I'm at. GIFSoupI will give Cooper credit that is due. The adventure is interesting, but it is so dragged out.

    28. Corey on said:

      Clever, funny, very well written, and at times well nigh epic.This was in the Juvenile section of my local library. I'd wager it's nowhere near as juvenile as half the books in the Adult Fiction section.

    29. Tom Ewing on said:

      My kids (7 and 9) having spurned bedtime stories, decided they wanted them again. I unilaterally picked this. How does it work as a read-aloud? Extremely well. Cooper is particularly good at describing places and scenes simply and evocatively, so they're a pleasure to read for Dad but keep kids' attention too. The lead characters are a bit priggish and stiff by modern standards but the quest plot works well: it's constructed so an attentive child can work out each step moments before the Drews d [...]

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