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Lövhäxan (The Dark is Rising #3)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,077 Ratings  ·  521 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
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published 1983 by Bonniers juniorförl. (first published 1974)
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Apr 14, 2012 Lightreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2016 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greenwitch is the shortest book of the sequence, and yet that doesn’t mean that little happens. It’s perhaps the most densely packed with symbolism and meaning and mythology that you just can’t get a handle on: the drowned man, the ship going inland, Roger Toms, the Wild Magic… This book, to me, emphasises the aspects of this sequence which are otherworldly and quite beyond the human characters, even while the humanity of those characters plays a huge part. It is Jane’s human kindness which wins ...more
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
Dec 22, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
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
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
Dec 22, 2012 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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,
Dec 31, 2015 Magali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok so here's my problem with The Dark is Rising (and with Narnia, and with Lord of the Rings for that matter): it's all just too Calvinist for me.

Everything is predetermined and there isn't a whole lot of room for free will, even though people talk about it an awful lot. Everyone has a part to play and he or she has very little choice in the matter; you are good or you are bad, but that is something that you cannot change (even though the narrative alludes that it is possible, I've never seen i
Jan 10, 2016 Rowan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA fantasy
Shelves: ya, fantasy, fiction
This book is much better-paced than "The Dark is Rising", the characters are more well-rounded and engaging, and the threat feels more real, spooky, and inhuman. I especially love how pivotal Jane is to the story, since I liked her so much in "Over Sea, Under Stone". I would venture to say that it is the strongest book in the series so far. It's a pity that it is also the shortest.

My only substantial complaint is that the only POC character in the series so far to appear in more than a paragraph
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
Sep 01, 2011 Andres rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 liked it  ·  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
Oct 12, 2010 Jenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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?).
Mar 15, 2009 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 08, 2014 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hans Alexander
Oct 03, 2014 Hans Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben De Bono
At least it was shorter than the first two
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
Andrew S.
The Book I'm reviewing is Greenwich, by Susan Cooper. This Newberry award winner is book 3 in The Dark is Rising sequence.

"When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back; three from the circle, three from the track; Wood, bronze, iron; Water, fire, stone; five will return, and one go alone." This poem appears at the beginning of Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on The Tree, and gives eerie feel to the book thereafter. This poem also foreshadows what will happen later in the series.
Sep 04, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book, audiobook
Okay first I have to say I loved the ending on this, the way she tied it up with characters not really heard from before, with such a chilling story prior to this the ending made me smile.

The third novel in The Dark is Rising Sequence ties together the first two books in the series, uniting young Will Stanton with the first novel's trio of siblings Simon, Jane and Barney. Oddly while they're together because of Will's status as an Old One they don't really connect in the way I'd hoped they would
Mary Overton
At the vernal equinox, women in a Cornish fishing village pass the night on an ancient tradition, the creation of the Greenwitch. As Will explains: "'They make a leaf image and chuck it into the sea. Sometimes they call it the Greenwitch and sometimes King Mark's Bride. Old custom.'" (18)

Jane is invited to join the secret, female festivities:
"... the women set to working, in a curiously ordered way in small groups. Some would take up a branch, strip it of leaves and twigs, and test it for flexi
May 20, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I used to think that Greenwitch was my least favorite book in the Dark is Rising sequence, but upon re-reading, I found that I really enjoyed it. I think it was the departure from the myth-laden Dark is Rising and a return to the “seaside adventure” of Over Sea, Under Stone that made me enjoy it so much. I also think it’s because Greenwitch actually reminded me quite a bit of Drowned Ammet from Diana Wynne Jones’s Dalemark quartet. In any case, this book is much more like OSUS than DIR, probably ...more
The Drew children are back with their Uncle Merry as well as Will Stanton in Trewissick, the fishing village that appeared in the first book of the series. They arrive at a special time when the women of the village gather to make a figure called the greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that they throw into the ocean for good luck for their fishing and harvest. Jane, and outsider, is allowed to attend the making, and her actions on that fateful night pave the way for a major discovery.

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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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