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Silver on the Tree (1977)

de Susan Cooper

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Sèrie: The Dark is Rising Sequence (5)

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In the Welsh hills Will Stanton, youngest of the immortal Old Ones, joins forces with Merriman, Bran, and the mortal Drew children in a quest through space and time against the powers of evil known as the Dark.
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As always, tears in my eyes at the end.

Things never change. Sigh. Stephen Stanton: Do you know Calcutta Mr. Moore? Have you ever had beggars grabbing at your feet, calling out to you, children half the size of Will here with an arm missing, or an eye, and ribs like xylophones and their legs stinking of sores? If I lived in a place with that kind of despair round me, I think I just might decide to bring up my kids in a country where they'd have a better chance. Specially a country that had exploited my own for about two hundred years. Wouldn't you? Or Jamaica, now. Do you know how many children get to a secondary school there? D'you know the unemployment rate? D'you know what the slums are like in Kingston? Do you know- ...

Mr. Moore: So what about it? All that stuff? Let them solve their own problems, not come whining over here! What's all that have to do with us? They don't belong here, none of 'em; they should all be thrown out. ... 1977
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  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
For me, each book in the series isn’t as good as the previous one. “Silver on the Tree” continues this trend.

The three Drew siblings from Books 1 and 3 add their usual brightness, though sadly they’re kept in the background too much. These three characters are endearing and likable. They’re “real”, whereas most of the other characters are somewhat dull or one-dimensional.

My attention was put to the test when Will Stanton and Bran go to some sort of magic kingdom. Maybe I would’ve enjoyed this part more if I’d read in during my boyhood, it’s hard to say. I like action, drama, conflict, intrigue, suspense, yet this magic kingdom has next to none of these things.

Regarding conflict, what bit there is of it is rarely exciting. The Dark Rider had the potential to be a great antagonist in this novel, and in the second of this series, but this potential was never realised. He’s an interesting character in his own right, but the problem is you never feel he can cause the protagonists any physical harm.

This has been an issue from Book 2 onwards. Never does it feel like the protagonist are in real danger, especially Will, whose magic is a guarantee against harm. So, apart from certain instances with the appealing Drew trio, especially in Book 1, no real sense of “threat” is apparent. This lack of threat leads to a lack of suspense and evokes little concern for the non-magic characters and no concern for the likes of the "untouchable" Will.

I’m not a big fan of time-travelling scenarios, at least not to the extent featured in this novel. It’s over-complicated and often it's hard to suspend belief.

I feel the number of times that a memory-loss spell is employed is overused, especially when applied to main characters. It feels like being cheated in some way.

Style-wise, the author is good at bringing the landscape to life but is too fond of adverbs. Adverbs "tell", not "show".

Overall, then, a disappointing end to a series that opened with an enjoyable story in “Over Sea, Under Stone”, which is the only one of the five that I’d read again. ( )
1 vota PhilSyphe | Jan 7, 2022 |
Susan Cooper writes a wonderful story and The Dark is Rising series is among her best work. I find the characters relatable and engaging but she truly shines in her storytelling which draws you into both the current story and all the back story too. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
The final book in the Dark is Rising sequence, after the final confrontation with the Dark, five remain and one goes on alone.

These books! I read them again for Yuletide, for the first time in a very long time, and... There is clearly so much I love about them. There's a great sense of British place, Cornwall, Wales, Windsor Great Park. There's a glorious sense of mythology and legend, the return of the Pendragon, the Six Signs, the battle between Dark and Light. There is betrayal, and human weakness, and human strength. So why don't they quite click for me? I think most of it is that the protagonists are all firmly on a conveyor-belt through the plot. They don't have to work out how to defeat the Dark. They are told 'go and find the mcguffin', and they mostly get moved through set pieces until they are in the same place as the mcguffin, and then the final battles happen around them. I read them carefully for charactorisation, and it's there, lightly - Will the choirboy, Barney the artistic one, the initial tensions between the Drews and Will - but many of the conversations could have any of the protagonists swapped in. It's been a hard year for me for lots of reasons, so maybe I didn't give them a fair run, but I found them a slog to get through at times. ( )
  atreic | Jul 28, 2021 |
Concluding book of a five part series. Kind of weak ending, where Will Stanton and Bran help good triumph over evil. Much better fantasy out there. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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Susan Cooperautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Dillon, JulieAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jennings, AlexNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Pekkanen, PanuTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.
On the day of the dead, when the year too dies,
Must the youngest open the oldest hills
Through the door of the birds, where the breeze breaks.
There fire shall fly from the raven boy,
And the silver eyes that see the wind,
And the light shall have the harp of gold.

By the pleasant lake the Sleepers lie,
On Cadfan’s Way where the kestrels call;
Though grim from the Grey King shadows fall,
Yet singing the golden harp shall guide
To break their sleep and bid them ride.

When light from the lost land shall return,
Six Sleepers shall ride, six Signs shall burn,
And where the midsummer tree grows tall
By Pendragon’s sword the Dark shall fall.

Y maent yr mynyddoedd yn canu,
ac y mae’r arglwyddes yn dod.
Drake is no longer in his hammock, children, nor is Arthur somewhere sleeping, and you may not lie idly expecting the second coming of anybody now, because the world is yours and it is up to you. Now especially since man has the strength to destroy the world, it is the responsibility of man to keep it alive, in all its beauty and marvelous joy.
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