Over Sea, Under Stone

Over Sea, Under Stone

Large Print - 1988
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Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur and that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the forces of the Dark.
Publisher: Oxford: Windrush, c1988.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780020427858
0020427859
Branch Call Number: LG. PRT. YA COO
Characteristics: p. cm.
Additional Contributors: Gill, Margery - Illustrator

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FindingJane Jun 20, 2016

While the hunt for the mystical grail was of interest, I was far more intrigued by the interplay among the sibling children. They came off as individuals, complete with the requisite squabbling, the seeking for attention, the yearning for adventure and the pride of being the first one to know or figure out something.

Looming over them is their Great-Uncle Merry (short for Merriman Lyon), who is one of the more enigmatic figures out there and knows more than he lets on, to either the children or the reader. He just barely skirts the edges of being a portentous figure of doom or boredom. I suppose because it’s the children who are meant to hold center stage.

Sometimes I was confused by their meanderings. When they were trying to figure out the lay of shadows cast by stones and landmarks of hills and ocean, I couldn’t quite figure out what they meant. At those points, I thought the book would benefit greatly from illustrations.

But the overall story is exciting, even if I found the conclusion baffling. The grail wasn’t the object of importance that it had seemed to be but merely the prize in a chase. But there is a lost object whose importance is only vaguely hinted at and this frustrated me no end. What, exactly, did these people intend to do with a grail? If it was of such dire need to either side, why did it wind up sitting on a shelf for public display?

The end of the story was such a letdown; I can only conclude that the whole thing is meant to be of importance in some later volume in these series.

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Calvacade
Jul 07, 2015

Well written adventure yarn- it seemed to me the 80's movie " Goonies " borrowed quite liberally from this book.

npj Apr 21, 2014

Amazing book. wonderful for the whole family! it's so mysterious. Every time i read this book i love it even more!

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celticsweetgrass
Jan 04, 2014

I love this series! I read them to my son, my mother read them on her own and now I'm reading them to my grandchild.

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amy0606
Aug 11, 2012

I enjoyed it much more as a child than as an adult. It's not my favorite in the series but still a good read- especially if your a child who loves a treasure hunt!

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jmjs117
May 19, 2010

AMAZING

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Calgovin
Oct 24, 2007

This was a real disappointment. I anticipated something fast-paced and engaging, instead i found it VERY slow and monotonous. The 3 kids in the story are predictable and stuffy (characters of their times I suppose - 1966). I have read that it is both the best and worst of The Dark Is Rising Series, which is too bad, because it put me off reading any of the other books. Instead of being pulled into a new series, it's pushed me away. The only reason I finished the book is because it was less than 200 pages.

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