This was my least favourite of the series for one reason; it seemed to end right when it was starting to get good. The kids finally get the grail and then wham, that’s the end. They get a piddly little amount of money from the museum and Uncle Merry’s real identity is just hinted at. When I picked up the next book I was hoping that Jane, Simon and Barney would get to make an appearance again. I remember being disappointed that they didn’t – at least not right away and I actually put off reading through The Dark is Rising for quite some time. When I got back to it though, I was in for a lovely surprise The tone is different and less Swallows and Amazons-ish. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that about the first one, which is probably why I had some trouble getting into the next one. The Dark is Rising is the start of the epic fantasy part of the series.