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Greenwitch (1974)

by Susan Cooper

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Series: The Dark is Rising Sequence (3)

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Born to the sea, it rises in anger.

The grail is gone, taken by the Dark. Now the Drews must reclaim it, before the Dark can complete their plan. Aided by their great uncle Merry, and a young boy named Will, the Drews will face the Greenwitch, an ancient power bound to neither the Light nor the Dark, though both will seek it out, in an attempt to secure the secret it guards. For without that secret, the Light cannot prevail.

The story opens in a flurry of abrupt scenes. Brief expositions serve as both conflict and characterization. As always, the Light and the Dark struggle to gain an advantage, but this time the heart of their conflict is in appealing to an outsider, the Greenwitch. From the beginning the Greenwitch becomes the focus of the story. Evocative prose create a rich sense of otherness, both fearsome and pitiful. Regrettably this makes other scenes pale in comparison. The characters make a valiant effort, but gradually the main conflict is subsumed by one character’s personal struggle. Once that resolves the rest becomes a formality. Still, the story does manage to finish on a high note, a brief moment of bittersweet beauty.

+Strong Descriptions
+Strong ideas
*Multiple perspectives both enhance and undercut the story
*Young story
-Very lean plot

3.5/5 ( )
  adamg211 | Jan 7, 2017 |
I needed a book to fill a hideous cover bingo square. This one fit the bill. Good book, ugly ass cover. ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
Will and the Drew’s meet for another clash of Light and Dark. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This was not long, but it was pretty good. The family from Book 1 gets to meet the boy from book 2, and we're back in the familiar coastal town. ( )
  adamwolf | Oct 2, 2016 |
My kids and I are loving listening to these books on audio. I like how the story builds and unfolds and how Cooper's characters tread that murky zone between childhood and adulthood. Cooper is wonderful at evoking the fear and confusion of that transition. ( )
1 vote ImperfectCJ | Jul 21, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Susan Cooperprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dillon, JulieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, PanuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westrup, Jadwiga P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Kate
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Only one newspaper carried the story in detail, under the headline: Treasures Stolen From Museum.
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When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.
On the day of the dead, when the year too dies,
Must the youngest open the oldest hills
Through the door of the birds, where the breeze breaks.
There fire shall fly from the raven boy,
And the silver eyes that see the wind,
And the light shall have the harp of gold.

By the pleasant lake the Sleepers lie,
On Cadfan’s Way where the kestrels call;
Though grim from the Grey King shadows fall,
Yet singing the golden harp shall guide
To break their sleep and bid them ride.

When light from the lost land shall return,
Six Sleepers shall ride, six Signs shall burn,
And where the midsummer tree grows tall
By Pendragon’s sword the Dark shall fall.

Y maent yr mynyddoedd yn canu,
ac y mae’r arglwyddes yn dod.
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This LT work, Greenwitch, is Book 3 (of 5 Books) in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising Sequence. Please distinguish it from other single titles in the series, and from any combination(s) of part or all of the series. Thank you.
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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 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.
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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.

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