Over Sea and Under Stone, The first of Susan Cooper’s five Dark is Rising books, begins with an engaging mystery. Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew, staying with their parents in the Grey House in Trewissick, Cornwall, discover an ancient parchment that depicts what appears to be a treasure map. But the story takes a frightening turn when deciphering and following the manuscript’s directions propels them to the center of a battle between the forces of Dark and Light. Reckless courage is called for and, youngest to oldest, they prove up to the task. Aided by Great-Uncle Merry, who may be more than he seems, they must recover an ancient chalice and protect it from relentless pursuers.
Cooper’s suspenseful concluding chapters in Over Sea and Under Stone will keep you anxiously turning pages (or listening intently if you chose the audio version).
But it’s not over for you when you come to the last page; not if Cooper has left you wanting more. The next book, titled, the same as the whole sequence of five, The Dark is Rising, awaits you. A satisfying prospect if ever there was one.