October 08, 2011
The Grey King by Susan Cooper
This time, Will has a new quest. After a dreadful sickness causes him to lose a lot of his strength, he is sent to family in Wales to recover. There he starts to regain his memories as a Old One and meets a new friend in Bran. Bran is a unique boy, he was born albino and his best friend is a dog as unusual as him. As he remembers, Will realizes that he must find a golden harp and wake the sleepers (whoever they may be) and he'll need Bran's help along the way. But he is weak, and the dark is always looming.
Bran is a very unique character for this book. But his dog is even more fantastic. There is a mysterious sense surrounding both and Bran has a lot of interesting history. Will played a fairly prominent role in this book as he is probably my favorite character in all of the series. Surprisingly, Merriman was barely in this one and I found I missed his character. There were a few side characters, but they weren't developed as much as they could have been.
This one had a fairly exciting plot but it was a bit more on the serious side and some of it was pretty dark material for a children's book. That being said, it wasn't offensive, just upsetting at parts. There was a lot of adventure and I think the bad guys were definitely more menacing in this book which made for a good read. This book can move slow at parts and doesn't describe some of the background for those not familiar with Arthurian legend. But despite that, its still a pretty good read.
I do love this series and all the books are well worth reading in the series. I highly recommend it for anyone.
The Grey King