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Greenwitch

(The Dark Is Rising #3)

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Simon, Jane and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to help recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil, the 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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 131 pages
Published November 30th 1986 by Simon Pulse (first published 1974)
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Heather I've read it the way Kris says and the other way (with The Dark is Rising second) and... there are passing mentions of Over Sea, Under Stone in The…moreI've read it the way Kris says and the other way (with The Dark is Rising second) and... there are passing mentions of Over Sea, Under Stone in The Dark is Rising that make more sense if you read them in order of publication (also in order by numbering in the sequence). Each book leads into the next, so they make more sense when read in proper order. If you just want to read one and not the others, though... you probably could do that.(less)

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mark monday
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Synopsis: Children shouldn't play with dead things, wild things, or green things; but if they do, they shouldn't stint on the compliments. A little empathy goes a long way!

This middle volume of Cooper's wonderful series is the second and last to center on the Drew siblings, "the three from the track". Three cheerful, curious, and often very excitable kids who never wore out their welcome. Yay for the Drews! See you all again in book five.

I really liked watching eerie series protagonist Will
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Lightreads
Dec 28, 2008 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
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Nikki
Dec 12, 2015 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
Cassandra
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
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Nikki
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
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Moonlight Reader
I needed a book to fill a hideous cover bingo square. This one fit the bill. Good book, ugly ass cover.
Karen Witzler
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nikki
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
Nikki
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,
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J.M. Hushour
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The middle volume of probably the best kids series is just as superlative as the rest. Throwing all the kids from the first two books together for a crazy adventure in Cornwall is fun and you can start to see all the various threads coming together.
"Greenwitch" is about the, you guessed it, Greenwitch, a cobbled-together effigy the women of a Cornish village make and then throw into the sea. Except it is actually a living creature, imbued with the Wild Magic that could give few fucks about the
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Joyce
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, reread, fantasy, youth
This turned out to be far more interesting than I remembered. For some reason I had classed this with the first, Over Sea Under Stone, as lesser. I guess you just need to be in the right mood for re-reading. This is another chapter in the war between the Light and the Dark, and it brings together characters established in the first 2 volumes: Simon, Barney, and Jane from the first book and Will Stanton from the second. And of course, the siblings' Uncle Merry is involved as well. The Greenwitch ...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 ...more
Lara Thompson
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The evocation of Roger Toms was a last minute addition and felt forced. Otherwise, a nice little story that ties the first two books together nicely. I can't wait for the next book in Wales!
Mathew
Far shorter than I thought it was yet no worse for it, the third in the Dark is Rising sequence sees Cooper balance a fine line between the narrative of Over Sea Under Stone and The Dark is Rising which, I had claimed, felt like they had been written by two different people. I think she does a good job here and actually enjoyed the fact that it was mainly still down to the children, especially Jane, to guide us through the story.

I found the connection between the Greenwitch, Jane and the women
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Joan
"Power from the Greenwitch lost beneath the sea"...I stand by my opinion that this series has better writing than the Harry Potter series. What Rowling did better was adding the Cinderella trope to the series. Will comes from a perfectly normal affectionate family and is well adjusted to begin with, before learning to cope with his newly developed abilities. Harry, of course, is coping with never having known his parents and having abusive guardians. But the quality of writing is higher in the ...more
Kristina
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Greenwitch by Susan Cooper is the second in the Dark is Rising series. I disagree with making Over Sea, Under Stone the first in the series. It's really more of a standalone. I'd call it a prequel except it was written before the other four. The events of OSUS relate to this book so it's helpful to read it, but not necessary.

Like the others in the series, I've read this book many times before. It's a slim book with a smaller plot, but I've always found it to be a bit creepier than the others. I
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Nikki
Dec 22, 2012 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
Meira (readingbooksinisrael)
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nikki
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

Greenwitch is the shortest book in the sequence — in my collected edition it is, anyway — but I find that there’s a lot more to chew on than in the first book, Over Sea, Under Stone. Here the world of the first book and the world of Will Stanton collide, and we glimpse both the high purpose and the kids at play. There’s more moral complexity here, a little more maturity… and then there’s also those very human kids getting jealous because Will’s friends with their
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Stephen Polidore
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The shortest book on the series, it manages to pack in some excitement and a good story while being a quick read.
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,
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Andres
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young_adult
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
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LPG
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oooh. This one I did not enjoy. The original kids are back which was lovely, but they're largely relegated to unimportant background stuff. You get the distinct feeling that Merry and Will could have handled this one without them (convenient wish and that lil bit of scrying aside).

I don't know. This book is 99% what I don't like about Coopers writing. She tells and doesn't show. Or she uses a passive narrator. She did the same thing at the end of the previous book, which I thought was a bit of a
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Nicole
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the midpoint of the series and the shortest book. Greenwitch brings together the Drew children from the first book and Will from The Dark is Rising in Trewissick after the grail the Drew children found is stolen. My husband said this was the book he liked the least as a child, and I can see how it might be a bit "over the head" for some. This is one of those books where, even as short as it is, it would have been nice to have a little character sheet with some background for the more ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
More aptly 3.5 stars. I liked Greenwitch much more upon rereading. When I first read this as a kid, it really scared me - something creepy about the building and drowning of the Greenwitch itself. (There's something about the brevity and simplicity and broad implications of these books that really lets a kid's imagination go wild and fill in the unspoken bits.) But now I like it more, and Jane's more active role.
Ben De Bono
At least it was shorter than the first two
Mary
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Greenwitch" is the middle book in the Dark Is Rising Sequence. It is the shortest, and the slightest in story, but is an essential link in the series. The first book, "Over Sea, Under Stone", featured the three Drew siblings in Cornwall and their search for a mysterious grail. The second book, "The Dark Is Rising", is a midwinter tale in which Will Stanton, just turned eleven, discovers that he is an Old One in the struggle between the Dark and the Light. "Greenwitch" brings the two strands ...more
Grace
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last sort of chill, small-scale book in the series, before things start to really ramp up to the final confrontation. The gang goes on holiday to Tresswick for a week to mop up a minor problem with the grail, and confront a rogue agent of the Dark. In doing so, they uncover the FINAL FORM of the PROPHECY POEM. I love the prophecy poem. It gives me chills.

I also SURE DO LOVE THAT OUTSIDER POV when the Drews meet Will.
Simon: How annoying. A dumb normie who knows nothing about our
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Nick Swarbrick
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Some genuinely creepy moments, and interestingly ambiguous set of relationships between the children from the previous two stories, Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark is Rising. It is (perhaps) marred slightly by an ending that points to further into the sequence rather than reaching a resolution, but again Cooper manages landscape, family, folklore and danger and quite a difficult set of questions around how children identify whose side this adult or that might be on with her customary ...more
Lynn
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I really enjoyed this book. Greenwitch is the third of five books in the Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. Her series begins with a hint of the Arthurian legends and King Mark's story set in a village on the coast of Cornwall. The series features the struggle of the Light against the Dark, or Good vs. Evil. As I read more into the series I find myself becoming more attached to the characters. This book is meant for children 8 to 12 years old and has a Lexile level of exactly 800. The ...more
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