Now, I know some of you will say, “But penmage! Over Sea, Under Stone is the first book in the sequence! Everyone knows that, and aren’t you the biggest purist of them all when it comes to reading books in the proper order?”
And then I will respond to you that while OSUS is indeed the official first book, it is in fact the weakest book in the sequence, and when people read it first, it usually turns them off to the sequence, which is really a shame. Fortunately for us, OSUS introduces one set of characters and TDIR introduces a different set of characters, and it really doesn’t matter you read first—except that OSUS can be kind of dull, and TDIR is brilliant and wonderful.
So we’ll be reading The Dark Is Rising first, and that’s just the way it is.
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