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Silver on the Tree(The Dark is Rising, #5)
"And Where the Midsummer Tree Grows Tall by Pendragon's Sword the Dark Shall
"And Where the Midsummer Tree Grows Tall by Pendragon's Sword the Dark Shall Fall."
The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world. Six individuals have come together to drive it back for good: Will, the Sign seeker; Bran, the raven boy; Jane, Simon, and Barney, the grail seekers; and Merriman, the wise mentor who unites them all. Together they stand ready to face the Rider and the full force of the Dark.
But the last object of power must first be found. A sword of legend magically forged of pure crystal remains hidden in the Welsh hills. Without it, the Light has no hope against the Dark. Will and his companions must travel through time and space in an epic clash of magical powers that will decide the fate of us all.
I live in Belgium. This book was last published there in 2002 (with a small amount of copies). Now, if you (read: 'me'), are looking for "Silver on the Tree" in Dutch ten years later because that's when you discovered and read the series at the library, you have a problem. Because you can't find the book anywhere.
And this is very annoying, because it is a very unusual end. It is also a good end.
In this last book, al characters find each other and battle the Dark for the last time. (How) Will they survive?
The final book in Susan Cooper's Arthurian fantasy story is a great read with a very disappointing ending. I will be focusing on this ending, so this review is a big spoiler.
At the end, when the war is over and the Dark is vanquished, all but one of the main characters forgets everything that happened in all five books. Even King Arthur's son, who was sent forward in time to the 20th century as an infant, forgets who he is and presumably goes on to live a normal 20th century life.
So we've been along for a great ride with these characters; we've laughed with them, we've cried with them, we've worried for them, we've watched them grow. And when all is said and done, it's as if none of it ever happened. All of the development of the characters is washed away with a magic word.
The let-down for the reader is the same as if the narrator woke up at the end of the story and realized that it was all a dream.
The story up until the disappointing ending is still quite good, so the book overall still gets three stars.