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Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
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Jan 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-and-ya, fantasy, based-on-myth-saga-etc
Read on January 28, 2012

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, you do start to get a sense of oppressiveness and fear. And I like that Cooper doesn't explain everything: the drowned man remains mysterious, the old hauntings of Cornwall/Trewissick aren't fully explained.

There's also some marvellous prose, like in the section where Will and Merriman dive down to speak to Tethys.
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