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Greenwitch (The Dark is Rising #3)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  17,788 ratings  ·  447 reviews
Jane's invitation to witness the making of the Greenwitch begins a series of sinister events in which she and her two brothers help the Old Ones recover the grail stolen by the Dark.
Hardcover, 147 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Turtleback Books
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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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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.

Jill Smith
It always surprises me when I find I’ve picked up a book cheaply somewhere, only to discover it is part of a series that winds its way into your imagination begging for the whole tale to be read. This book is exactly that. This was released in January 1977 (another surprise) and is the third in the The Dark is Rising Sequence. It is also marked as reading for 5 to 8 year olds, which I personally find ridiculous; anyone of any age would enjoy the tale entwined with legend and myths.

The book blur
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
Murray Ewing
In Greenwitch, Susan Cooper returns the series to the Cornish village of Trewissick, and brings together the Drew children (from Over Sea, Under Stone) with Will Stanton (of The Dark is Rising) to regain the grail, stolen from the British Museum by a servant of the Dark with ideas above his station.

It’s an odd book, bringing together, as it does, the light, Blyton-esque kids' adventure of Over Sea, Under Stone with the much darker, old English shamanism of The Dark is Rising. This bringing-toget
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Rating : 3.6 out of 5 stars

Age Recommended : 10 and up

Personally, I think that Greenwitch was my least favorite book in the series. The story line was amazing but the way the story unraveled, at least to me was boring and unappealing.

There were some parts of the book that were very interesting, but the majority of the book was very ordinary.

The Gree
Glad to see the Drew children again. Another fun read.
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
Much better than the previous book, although I'm beginning to realize that the books in this series are short and shallow, and I shouldn't expect deep characters or meaning. There are occasional flashes of brilliance, and I rather like some of the British mythology mishmash, so I'll just read the books for what they are.
Nathan Marchand
It is short which unfortunately I found was a good thing. It returns to the narrative style of the first book in the series, which I prefer and joins the characters from the two previous books. The kids personality are different and what I imagine kids are like. A lot of it was entertaining during the read but reflecting back doesn't hold much substance.
Other then the begging setup it didn't draw me in, no great sense of urgency, mystery, plot twist or sense of wounder. Might be too formulaic, s
Jess Candela
I remember being rather frightened by one part of this book when I read it the first time. And overall the whole book had a more sinister-feeling tone that disturbed me. I don't feel that way as an adult (thankfully!) and think I actually appreciate it more with age.
This book had more Jane, the Drew children and Will Stanton finally meet, and the Drew boys don't really like Will. All in all this was an okay read. I probably would have devoured it faster if I was 11 or 12, but I'm 21.
Love this series! I am listening to it this time and I enjoy the narrator immensely. Wonderful British accent that makes the books come alive!
Anna Mari
Will Stanton and the Drew's will need to work together to recover that which was lost the summer before. They four young people are brought together by Meriman Lyons, uncle to the Drew's and mentor to Will.
The four are brought back to Truisic where the grail was found last summer by the Drew's. It is the spring festival time when the locals put together a green witch from hawthorn branches and toss to the see. Jane is asked to participate and even make a wish. Hers is simple, that the Green Witc
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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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The Dark is Rising (5 books)
  • Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark is Rising, #1)
  • The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising, #2)
  • The Grey King (The Dark is Rising, #4)
  • Silver on the Tree (The Dark is Rising, #5)
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