I finally finished The Dark is Rising series!
I think The Grey King was my favourite book in the series, I found Bran fascinating and genuinely didn't spot the Arthurian connection for quite some time, despite the endless clues. It was such an intricately woven plot and so beautifully executed, I liked the way there were no coincidences in the plot lines...much like the work of someone else we know
I can't believe I never read these books as a child, I'd have loved them for longer if i had.
The parts in Wales reminded me a lot of Jenny Nimmo's The Snow Spider, with the idea of things coming from the mountains. A lot of my family are Welsh and they do have a big things about the mountains and darkness.
The characters were beautifully written too, to the point where I started to feel genuine relief whenever Merriman appeared.
I don't want to say too much because I think everyone should go and read it immediately...so in a nutshell...The Dark is Rising series is about the age-old battle between the Dark and the Light, throw in a variety of magics, Arthurian folklore, Celtic folklore, and children both older and younger than possible and you have book that is impossible to get out of your head.