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Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising #3)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  19,878 ratings  ·  490 reviews
Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil -- Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton -- nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries ha ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 27th 1977 by Penguin (first published 1974)
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Ademilson Moraes
In Greenwitch, book 3 of Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence, Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew meet Will Stanton. However, they resent Will’s bond with their great uncle Merry, not realizing that both are immortal Old Ones. By the end of the book, though, the Drews and Will achieve a tentative collaboration. Even though I enjoyed reading this book, I liked the previous one better. Nothing changed regarding writing style, which means that the author still shows the same inability to write good comba ...more
The eerie one, as opposed to the intensely disturbing one, which for me will always be The Grey King.

I remembered this as a slight, inconsequential book. The weird-shaped one in the middle where the kids meet each other on vacation before we get really serious. I didn't remember -- or likely didn't understand -- just how serious this little book is.

Here's where it crystallized for me. Simon and Jane have a brief run-in with Will's American aunt, who is delighted with all the 'natives and their q
Re-read June 2013
I'm noticing this time around how clever Cooper is to show these events through the Drews' eyes, rather than Will's. The second book was of Will discovering and growing into his power; now we see him fully grown, as it were, relaxed and confident in his role as Old One, and the Drew children's outside perspective on him is invaluable. When he coolly deflects Simon's boyish attempts to quarrel, the way he treats Merriman as a peer--in the previous book, from Will's own point of v
Karen Witzler
Haunting little book in the middle of Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" sequence. A young girl is swept up in ritual and myth as she watches Cornish village women construct and cast into the sea a "greenwitch"; a propitiatory straw and seashell sculpture. Very neo-pagan and steeped in British folkloric custom; I felt a strong desire to reread this after watching an episode of "Poldark" where the Cornishwomen are awaiting the annual running of the pilchard, but alas my copy has been lost to downsizin ...more
I'm probably becoming repetitive with my reviews of this sequence. Parts of this book, especially the descriptions, are just glorious and perfect. I think of it as the book that focuses more on Jane, too, which is always interesting as she's the only real key female character. It also contains one of my favourite scenes/images from the sequence: Barney scrying.

There are some very interesting newer concepts introduced in this book. We've already met the Wild Magic, in a sense, in the form of Her
Not my favourite book of this sequence, but fun nonetheless -- mostly because of the clash of characters. Barney and Simon's outrage at another boy intruding into their special relationship with Merriman, and their special quest, is just so human and believable. And there's nothing that demonstrates Will's strangeness as well as his refusal to quarrel with them, his adult and distant attitude.

I think the other great thing about this one is the atmosphere. Once the Greenwitch enters the equation,
Greenwitch isn't really my favourite book of the series, though it is the one with the most mystery -- I wonder a lot about the background mythology, the legends of Cornwall that the Greenwitch brings to life and what lies behind each glimpse of part of a story. It occurred to me last night while reading that maybe Susan Cooper has come closer than Tolkien to a "mythology for England". Granted, he's closer if you're looking at England as "the land under the rule of the Anglo-Saxons", but Cooper ...more
And belatedly continuing my rereads of these books before the New Year... Greenwitch is definitely not my favourite of the books, but I rank it a bit ahead of Over Sea, Under Stone, because it's just that little bit more mature, and some of the events are so mysterious that I can't help but be intrigued. The haunting of Trewissick, everything to do with Tethys, the weirdness with the caravan... Susan Cooper doesn't bother too greatly about giving a ton of explanations, and I actually like that, ...more
Ben Babcock
Greenwitch is the third in Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series. It unites the protagonists of the previous two books. Will Stanton meets Barney, Simon, and Jane. Together, they foil the latest plot of the Dark, which involves stealing a secret artifact from the Greenwitch. This entity is a construct of twigs and leaves built by the women of Trewissick in an elaborate, night-long ceremony. They assemble the Greenwitch, then the men of the village cast it over the cliff and into the sea below ...more
Wendy Bousfield
In GREENWITCH (book 3 of Cooper’s DARK IS RISING series), Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew (protagonists of book 1, OVER SEA, UNDER STONE) meet Will Stanton (book, 2, THE DARK IS RISING). However, the “muggles” (to borrow from HARRY POTTER) resent Will’s bond with their Great Uncle Merry, not realizing that both are immortal “Old Ones.” By the end of the book, the Drews and Will achieve a tentative collaboration.

GREENWICH begins with the theft of an ancient Arthurian grail. In OVER SEA, Simon, Jane,
Greenwitch isn't my favourite book of the series, but I do appreciate it a lot. It's beautifully written, and it features Jane more prominently, I think, than at other times -- she does have her place in other books, but it's her impulses and her goodness that really win through for the Light in this book. Without her, they'd be really, really stuck. She embodies some things that the Light lacks, or rather, can't consider. They're concerned with cold, absolute justice, but like John Rowlands, in ...more
In the third volume of "The Dark is Rising" sequence, author Susan Cooper brings together the protagonists of the two preceding books - Simon, Jane & Barney Drew, and Will Stanton - and returns the setting to the Cornish fishing village of Trewissick.

Every year, the women of Trewissick build an effigy of leaves and branches called the Greenwitch, and cast it from the coastal cliffs as an offering for good fortune and good fishing in the coming year. As it sinks beneath the waves, it becomes
The first book in this series was a treasure hunt plot with hints of magic. The second book in this series was all about the magic with little actual plot. This book, the third in the series, combines the two, with magic AND a plot. The results are... okay.

My main problem with the series so far is that not a lot of details are given about this ongoing battle between the Light and the Dark. Through two books we've been told of this ancient battle, and we've sort of seen some fights, but though th
Jun 27, 2013 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Meddling kids, Cornish villagers, sea goddesses
Recommended to David by: My 11-year-old self
Continuing my reread of my favorite childhood series, I remember that I found Greenwitch less interesting than the book before it or the books that followed — basically, a mid-series slump. This was my impression on rereading it many years later; it's not bad, but a fairly typical children's fantasy, and doesn't quite have the dark foreboding of The Dark is Rising nor the epic build-up of the end of the series.

I remain convinced Susan Cooper is a talented and under-rated writer. But while she ha
With the third book in The Dark Is Rising series I feel I'm finally able to describe this properly. The books are turning out quite good. They are imaginative and colorful, with likable characters and interesting plot. I still have a feeling of disconnect from the story, but I think it's more because of my age.

For instance, this series is a somewhat typical good vs. evil adventure, yet the evil isn't really very evil. Magic is used but really the only bad things that happen are a sister and a do
The third in The Dark Is Rising sequence, Greenwitch involves three siblings, Jane, Barney, and Simon, who travel with their great-uncle Merriman to spend a holiday week in a Welsh seaside town. All innocuous enough, on the surface, but the siblings know that an adventure awaits. And sure enough, soon a good one develops. At the heart of it is a boy named Will Stanton and an ancient, annual ceremony that has the women of the town creating an effigy, called the Greenwitch, out of twigs and leaves ...more
Another lovely book in this series. Susan Cooper's writing is lyrical in some sections. Her descriptions of the landscape in Cornwall evoke the moods of the characters and the themes of her work excellently. In this story, one of the things of power has been stolen, and Uncle Merry, Will Stanton and the Drew children must recover on the cliffs of Cornwall. All the elements from this series are present, but this story showcases the power of empathy and kindness and also depicts the loneliness tha ...more
This story is based on an ancient ceremony of the people of Cornwall. The story begins with the grail mysteriously disappearing from a museum. Merriman, upon hearing the news, decides to bring the Drews and Will Stanton together to create a plan. They decide that the most likely place for the grail to be hidden is Cornwall itself. When they get there, the Drews still do not know that Will and Merriman are not the same as themselves. They continue their quest for the grail, along the way meeting ...more
When I first read Greenwitch by Susan Cooper, I was downright giddy to see the young Drew children from Over Sea, Under Stone meet the mysterious Will Stanton from The Dark is Rising. It had the pure indulgent feel of reading crossover fan fiction, except that it was entirely cannon!

The Drew children's suspicion and jealousy of Will is particularly well characterized. Through them, we see that an adventure with Merriman is serious business. Above all, it's a sacred bond to be prized and protecte
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Greenwitch is the third book in The Dark is Rising series, and it is necessary to be familiar with the first two books Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark is Rising to fully understand what is going on in this volume. In the first book siblings Simon, Jane, and Barney uncovered the grail from its hiding place, but unfortunately lost the lead-incased manuscript that would decipher the inscription on the grail's side. Now after the grail has been stolen from the museum, their great-uncle Merry brin ...more
The third book in the Dark is Rising series.

The three children from book one, Simon, Jane and Barney plus Will from book two get together back in Trewissick, looking for the lost manuscript that was dropped in the sea.It is needed to unlock the secrets of the Grail found in book one.

Meanwhile the villagers make their yearly Greenwitch, a figure made of woven wood and throw it in the sea. Unfortunately the Dark in the shape of an odd artist and painter,has stolen the grail and he makes an attemp
The "weirdest" of the books in the Dark is Rising sequence, full of spooky magic and mystery. I've always loved certain elements of it (the Greenwitch, Tethys) and wondered a bit at others (that painter, really?).
While many of the young adult fantasy series out there (Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, etc.) are perfectly readable and enjoyable for adults, this series is probably not one of them. It tends to be a bit too simplistic with the problems too easily solved. This is the third book in "The Dark is Rising" sequence and brings together characters from the first two books. One of the characters is clearly in control of the situation, not needing to work it solving the problems at all and the other t ...more
Reading the entire 5 book cycle. Based on Arthurian mythology, welsh traditional tales, and some other English lore. Such a well written series. A classic I had not encountered previously.
Shawn Thrasher
Greenwitch was (and still is) my favorite book in the Dark is Rising series. I love the mystery hanging over the entire book. The encounter with Tethys, the female personification of the ocean, is still spectacular, as is the Greenwitch himself (herself? itself?). I can't explain what it is about the book that grabbed me so long ago and kept hold, but it did and has been in my mind and heart ever sense. The lyrical language, used so well to create a heightened sense of urgency in the fog of unc ...more
One of my favorite in the series do far. The long awaited moment of Will and the Drews meeting happens, and creates a completely amazing plot line. Joined in their fight for the Light, the characters take the plot in a action packed direction, with beautiful descriptions of Trewissick, Cornwall.

I thought the characters interaction was amazing---their connections to the Dark and Merriman were very suspenseful. One of my favorite parts was the poem---about the quest, it's lyrical feel is amazing.

Hans Alexander
More like a 4.5 or 4.75?

I dont know!!! i loved this book so freaiking much but i dont give it 5 stars just cuz i wished it was longer!
Alex Sarll
Midway in my seasonal reread of The Dark is Rising, and once again more apt than I could ever have thought - it's mid-April before a late Easter, and women's magic is in the air. For a short book, there's a lot to do, not least bringing together Will Stanton and the Drew children from the first two books and establishing them as allies, if not quite friends. It works, though, not least by reminding us that there are forces older and stranger even than the Light and Dark who might otherwise have ...more
My favourite of all five books, this is a return to Cornwall, and to the Grail (stolen by the Dark) and the protagonists of the first novel, Barney, Simon and Jane. And it's Jane who's selfless actions save the day, interceding with the enigmatic and aloof Greenwich to secure the Light's next clue where Will & Merriman look to fail.

Though not as dark as the last book, the scenes of haunted Trewissick & the indifferent menace of the mercurial Wild Magic might still be something younger re
Always my favourite before, there's new levels to the characters - especially Jane - and something about the manuscript being won only by her human, compassionate nature is perfect. Even the light tried command, and got nowhere. I love the ghostly history and the traditions brought in, and as usual SC conveys the power and awe and horror of the old magics, like the Hunt from the previous book.
Will see how I get on with the next two - Silver on the Tree always disappointed but perhaps re-reading
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Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspap
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