This is the sequel to Under Sea, Over Stone in The Dark is Rising Sequence. The next book is Greenwitch and then The Grey King which is already reviewed on this blog. I was somewhat surprised that there wasn’t much overlap between the books. The only overlapping character is Merriman Lyon (aka Merlin). This book was much heavier on the symbolism. It takes place at Christmas and explains some of the stranger English rites such as the funeral of the Wren and the legends around Herne the Hunter. The young hero needs to collect six signs from each of the “elements,” bronze, iron, water, wood, fire, and stone. He finds he is the seventh son of a seventh son and is the last of the Old Ones, destined to help prevent the Dark from conquering. I enjoyed the book but it was not the most exciting of that genre that I have ever written.
It was the 1974 Newbery Honor Book, ISBN0-689-82983-3, 244 pages and recommended by the publisher for 9-13 year olds.