Here is one of the premiere fantasy series of our time, on the shelf well before the Harry Potter phenomenon, and a work that gave fantasy the reputation of being some of the best children's literature written for some of the best and brightest young readers. Meet the Drew children, Simon, Jane and Barney. They are about to find a map which will lead them deep into a suspenseful plot filled with danger as the Dark is now rising and someone has to stand between it and us. According to Arthurian legend, there is a grail that will offer great power for defending the great good. Beautifully written and deeply evocative. A story that reaches into a child's mind and spirit to probe the questions and fears that lie within. Just plain top notch! Among the sequels to this book are The Grey King, Silver On the Tree, The Greenwitch and The Dark Is Rising.