Katherine From Sweden revisits The Dark is Rising, a 1973 children’s fantasy classic by Susan Cooper. The book combines beautiful prose, English folklore, dull fetchquest plotting, and an overpowering sense of fatalism. The unique result of this is not quite like anything else in children’s literature.
Our discussion touches on not only Katherine’s experience reading the book both as a child and an adult, but how it would or would not appeal to the right type of child in 2019. We also discuss how unusual it reads by the standards of modern franchise-building YA, both in terms of content (too boring), writing style (too fancy), and whether it could have been written today (no way).