Introduced by Susan Cooper
Illustrated by Laura Carlin
The most famous in the eponymous series by Susan Cooper, this acclaimed fantasy adventure will appeal equally to children and adults.
Will Stanton's eleventh birthday – Midwinter's Eve - but as night closes in, he has a sense of
foreboding. Then Farmer Dawson warns him that 'The Walker is abroad ... this night will be bad' and his adventure begins. Susan Cooper's most famous work, part coming-of-age story, part mystery and peppered with references to ancient myths and legends.
A fantasy adventure beloved by children and adults alike.
'Any great gift of power or talent is a burden, and this more than any'
It is the night before Will Stanton's eleventh birthday – Midwinter's Eve – and it looks as if his wish for a heavy fall of snow will come true. But as night closes in, Will has a sense of foreboding: a stranger is watching him; the farm animals are disturbed. Even friendly Farmer Dawson is acting oddly – he hands Will a strange iron symbol, warning him that 'The Walker is abroad ... this night will be bad'. Soon, Will is gripped by cold fear. When he wakes the next morning, he discovers that everything has changed. On the threshold of adolescence, Will, the seventh son of a seventh son, has received the double-edged gift of magic. Aided by the Old Ones – the men and women of the Light, and most importantly Merriman Lyon – Will is ultimately led into a confrontation with the Dark.
'Cooper’s superior writing is informed by a love of folklore, British history, myth and nature'