Greenwitch Turtleback – 1 Dec 1986
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The third haunting, magical book in the classic The Dark is Rising sequence. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
SUSAN COOPER is the Newbery Award-winning author of dozens of books, including "The Boggart "and the acclaimed The Dark Is Rising series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
- 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.Read more ›
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This is a book you can read time and time again, no matter what age you are. It is timeless.Published 5 months ago by Dee
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Can highly recommend one of a series I find I always return to
Grandchildren now reading it has stood the test of time
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This is really a book aimed at a younger reader, but I enjoyed it. Working my way through the series.Published on 28 July 2013 by S. M. Howard