My Favorite Childhood Book: The Dark Is Rising
If I was to describe “The Dark is Rising” to someone, it would be a cross between C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, “The Witch, and the Wardrobe” and “Harry Potter.” There is a little bit of magic, fantasy, and a connection to the never-ending battle between good and evil.
Will is the main character, a soon-to-be member of the Old Ones, who serve as guardians of the earth (so to speak). He is really learning about his power and coming into his own, but he plays a pivotal role in the Light’s battle against the Dark. It’s a book that I still read from time to time as an adult!
In grade school, we would be shown short “trailers” about various books. This particular “trailer” showed a tense exchange between Will and a member of the Dark. I remember thinking, “This is so cool!” I remembered the name of the book, looked it up, and bought a copy.
Everything about it…the imagery, the action, and the lore drew me in. I must admit that my favorite character was Merriman. An odd name – I thought – but everything about him was so awesome!
How did that book shape who I am today? Will was a character who – even though he was a teen – turned out to be a powerful force for the Light. As such, it doesn’t matter if I am a single person or if I am all alone. I can still change the world around me and be a force for good!
The bonus – I discovered later – was that the book was a series: The Dark is Rising Sequence. I remember reading all those books repeatedly, and I still have the series on my bookshelf today!
What childhood book was your favorite? Do you still read it today?
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