Points to Ponder
  1. Do you think Will really experienced the fantasy part of the story, or could he have dreamed it? Give reasons to support your answer.
  2. Why do you think Will was able to react so calmly to the strange happenings in his life? How would you have reacted?
  3. Why do you think the author chose to have Will move in and out of his real time rather than enter the fantasy world and stay there?
  4. What do you think Merriman means when he says “Any great gift of power or talent is a burden”? How might Will's powers be a burden to him?
  5. Have you ever felt that the dark was rising in your own life? Describe your experience.