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Greenwitch: Book 3 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence | [Susan Cooper]

Greenwitch: Book 3 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence

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: 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 centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest.
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Publisher's Summary

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: 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 centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest.

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.

Listen to more in the Dark Is Rising Sequence.

©2007 Susan Cooper; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 11-30-08
    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 11-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"

    Subtle, intriguing, suspensful. I couldn't ask for more. Great for kids and adults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 06-27-12
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 06-27-12 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Power from the Greenwitch..."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Milkweed Fairy 06-23-15
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    "High quality Arthurian fantasy oriented to young people"

    A well-imagined, serious fantasy rooted in Britain's Arthurian legends that I would recommend for ages 10 and up. Children are the protagonists and are never in danger. No profanity or sexuality. Very nicely read.

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    "Amazing series"

    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.

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    Aaron 01-07-15
    Aaron 01-07-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun team up of characters"

    This isn't the strongest of the Cooper books but it is fun to see the team up of Merriman and Will with the Drew children from the first book.

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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 02-05-14
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 02-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like the first book you'll be happy"

    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.

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