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.