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Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising Book 3) by [Cooper, Susan]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Length: 163 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The third haunting, magical book in the classic The Dark is Rising sequence.

Synopsis

The third book in THE DARK IS RISING sequence, built around legends from the myth-haunted West Country, a story of the unpredictable Wild Magic of the earth embodied in the Greenwitch.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1329 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (31 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JKE6C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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... and how nice it is to read about children/young folk enjoying themselves without any recourse to smartphones, consoles, computers or any other electronics. Actually, that's what I noticed most on this re-reading of Susan Cooper's series: the anthropocentric nature of so much recent fiction. Hers is still full of the wonder, mystery and cruelty of Nature. It makes a very refreshing change from reading about the wonder, mystery and cruelty of human beings. Of course that features, too, but when Nature plays such a significant role, there's a kind of perspective it's very easy to lose in a culture that's positively obsessed with hip, trendy, digital urban lifestyles. I'm looking forward to re-reading the rest of the series!
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Bought to re-read using the kindle. A great series of books that I read as a child and revisit occasionally. The dialogue will probably seem a little old fashioned but the content and storyline make for a magical and exciting series. I loved this series as a child and still love it now.
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To my mind The Dark is Rising series is one of the best things ever written: I discovered them over 30 years ago and have been re-reading them every couple of years since.

The characters are entirely believable and the plots move along at a spanking pace. I am always enthralled by Cooper's range and imagination. It is a wonderful set of books for literate young teens and adults alike and I heartily recommend it for all lovers of mythic fiction.
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I read this years ago as part of the Dark Is Rising series. Enjoyed it then, and again now. Although most characters are children, the plot is sufficiently well constructed that it can also be enjoyable for adults to read
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Third in "The Dark is Rising" series, this book sees the meeting up of the three children from "Over Sea and Under Stone" with Will Stanton from "The Dark is Rising".

The grail that the children found in a cave in Trewissick, South Cornwall, has been stolen by an agent of the Dark, and Merriman enlists the help of the Drew children once again. Only this time the children are surprised and shocked when Merriman arrives with another boy - Will Stanton. That is surely going to be a problem, they think.

Susan Cooper writes this so well. The line between super human Old One and 11 year old boy is so perfectly walked. Each character develops nicely in this book, but especially Jane.

I loved this book as a child. The interactions between families and friends, and the stumbling move from antipathy to friendship between the Drew children and Will Stanton all stand out, along with flashes of humour and an exciting and mysterious tale, cunningly written.

As an adult reader this remains an important and enjoyable book in probably my all time favourite series. Definitely strongly recommended.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2005
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The middle book of the "Dark is Rising" sequence suffers a little from the middle-book syndrome, and a few items in it feel slightly strained. However, these are quickly swamped under by an unusual, well-written story and great character growth.

When a golden chalice (first found by the Drews in "Under Sea Over Stone") is stolen from its museum, the mysterious Old One Merriman enlists their help and the help of the youngest Old One, Will Stanton. At first, the kids don't really get along; things seem fairly uneventful, except for Jane participating in an ancient ritual in which the women of the village get together and weave a vaguely humanoid figure, the Greenwitch. The Greenwitch is then thrown into the sea, after people touch it and make a wish. Jane, followed by strange impressions of the Greenwitch, makes a very unusual wish.

But then her brothers and Will bump into someone else -- a strange painter who steals a picture of Barney's, and then lures the Drew boys into his home. He's a member of the Dark, and he forces Barney to scry out a message about the Grail for him. Then a strange, wild chaos strikes the town, with a ghost ship and the angry Greenwitch herself...

While this book is not the best of the series (the second takes that honor), it nevertheless is an excellent piece of work, as fantasy and as a study of the characters. The first chapter was a little weak; it felt too much like a part of "Over Sea Under Stone." However, this ceases as soon as Will comes on to the scene. The book then takes on a tone that seems, somehow, to balance out between the cheery children-on-holiday writing, and the chilling fantasy epic.

The Drews are better fleshed out and individualized in this book.
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"Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea..."

- from a prophecy outlining the quests within this series

Although GREENWITCH is the third of the five books within this series, it is more nearly a sequel to the first book than the second because in a way it is a completion of the individual quest begun in OVER SEA, UNDER STONE. GREENWITCH could be read without having read the second book, although having done so will give the reader a truer perspective on one of the characters introduced in that book.

Like each of the other books in the series, GREENWITCH manages to inject new complications into the six main characters' relationships with one another. At this point, five of the six have been introduced (the three Drews and Merriman Lyon in the first book, Will Stanton in the second), but the Drews have never met Will, and as his presence is not explained to them, they naturally resent him a great deal at first as an unwelcome intruder (unaware that he knows more about what's going on than they do, despite how matters appear on the surface). The presence of the Drews makes the story particularly enjoyable, as they provide a genuine Everyman point of view amid all the mysteries of this series of quests and battles against the Dark, in contrast to the equally interesting but different perspective of the more knowledgeable and powerful characters.

In a way, the story picks up exactly where the first book ended, but in a very different mood - the Drews are standing in the same place in the British Museum and looking at the same thing, but in dejection rather than triumph.
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