Their search for the grail sets into motion a series of disturbing, sometimes dangerous events that, at their climax, bring forth a gift that, for a time at least, will keep the Dark from rising.
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©2007 Susan Cooper; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.
"Alec Jennings does a superb job of reading this tale....His expression and pacing suit the story well, and he is at ease with Cornish names and words." (School Library Journal)
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
Susan Cooper delivers yet another solid installment in the Dark is Rising sequence. Greenwitch opens with the thheft of the priceless golden grail recovered by the three Drew children in Over Sea, Under Stone. The culprits are the forces of the Dark, who are reeling from their midwinter defeat at the hands of Will Stanton and Meriman Lyon, but still determined to prevent the Light from achieving a final victory. Lyon enlists the Drews as well as Will to journey to Cornwall in an effort to reclaim the grail. As it happens, they arrive just in time for Jane to witness an ancient ceremony performed by the women of Cornwall every Spring, the making of the Greenwitch. This strange fashioning of leaves and branches is believed to bring good fortune when cast into the sea, but it soon becomes apparent that there may be more to this mysterious being than meets the eye. Things become complicated when Jane forms a strange bond of sympathy with the enigmatic being and even more so when the creature warily shows Jane its most prized possession, a small leaden case lost at the time of the finding of the grail. This case contains the only manuscript capable of deciphering the strange engravings on the surface of te golden grail, and the Dark are also after it. Will the Drews and Will succeed in recovering the grail? And even if they do, how will they persuade the Greenwitch to part with its treasure?
Once again Susan Cooper delivers a solid story and narrator Alex Jennings more than does it justic. I couldn't put it down for long.
This series is highly underrated as a place holder between C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter, but in many ways it's every bit as good as both. Where those series rely heavily on fantasy this series uses actual history to flesh out the narrative.
Although originally aimed at young adults these books are a must read for anyone interested in Arthuriana or anyone who just enjoys well written fantasy.
I continue to enjoy these characters some 35 years later. A quick jaunt back to the familiar comfort of childhood. Susan Cooper is a master storyteller and Alex Jennings is simply the best at bringing these stories to life.
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, simple and not perhaps what was unique when it was written has been done many times since..
Like the others two books I think it aimed at kids so it probably good for it's intended audience. If you like the first book but was put off by the second, you'll be happy with this.
Narrator did an excellent job differentiating the voices but may not have put much emotion into it.
"A good family listen."
The narration is excellent. It's written in a similar pace to the Narnia stories and my kids seem to enjoy these more than a lot of modern stories.
My kids loved Barney, but they thought he was funnier in the first book.
The boys get invited into the artists caravan - kids thought it was scary but exciting too.
It was nice that Jane had a stronger role in this one.
We couldn't find the second book in the series on audio book so we will have to buy the paperback. As soon as it was finished the kids asked me to get the Grey King so it looks like we will finish the series.
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