The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Description: "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."
With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land. His task is monumental: he must find and guard the six great Signs of the Light, which, when joined, will create a force strong enough to match and perhaps overcome that of the Dark. Embarking on this endeavor is dangerous as well as deeply rewarding; Will must work within a continuum of time and space much broader than he ever imagined.
These were probably one of the earliest fantasy series I remember reading. I began with book two then devoured the rest. My daughter is keen on fantasy so when I went looking for a book to read together I settled on the first one in the Dark is Rising series hoping she would enjoy them just as much. We haven't yet got fully into the reading, she's a little hard to convince but I couldn't help myself and went on ahead reading the other four books and devoured them just as eagerly as before.
A classic fight between the light and dark, flitting between times and drawing on the celtic legends, these are wonderful books which should be better known.