Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising Sequence Series #3)

Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising Sequence Series #3)

by Susan Cooper


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ISBN-13: 9781416949664
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 05/08/2007
Series: Dark Is Rising Sequence Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

About the Author

Susan Cooper is one of our foremost children’s authors; her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising has sold millions of copies worldwide. Her many books have won the Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal. She combines fantasy with history in Victory (a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel), King of Shadows and Ghost Hawk, and her magical The Boggart and the Monster, second in a trilogy, won the Scottish Arts Council’s Children’s Book Award. Susan Cooper lives on a saltmarsh island in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at

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Simon, Jane and Barney struggled out of St. Austell station beneath a clutter of suitcases, paper bags, raincoats and paperbacks. The crowd from the London train was dwindling about them, swallowed by cars, buses, taxis.

"He did say he'd meet us here, didn't he?"

"'Course be did."

"I can't see him."

"He's a bit late, that's all."

"Great-Uncle Merry is never late."

"We ought to find out where the Trewissick bus goes from, just in case."

"No, there he is, I see him. I told you he was never late.' Barney jumped up and down, waving. Then he paused. "But he's not on his own. There's a man with him." A faint note of outrage crept into his voice. "And a boy."

A car hooted peremptorily once, twice, three times outside the Stantons' house.

"Here we go," said Uncle Bill, seizing his holdall and Will's knapsack.

Will hastily kissed his parents good-by, staggering under the enormous bag of sandwiches, thermos flasks and cold drinks that his mother dumped into his arms.

"Behave yourself," she said.

"I don't suppose Merry will get out of the car," said Bill to her as they trooped down the drive.

"Very shy character, pay no attention. But be's a good friend. You'll like him, Will."

Will said, "I'm sure I shall."

At the end of the drive, an enormous elderly Daimler stood waiting.

"Well, well," said Will's father respectfully.

"And I was worrying about space!" said Bill. "I might have known he'd drive something like this. Well, good-by, people. Here, Will, you can get in front."

In a flurry of farewells they climbed into the dignified car; a large muffler-wrapped figure sat hunched at the wheel, topped by a terrible hairy brown cap.

"Merry," said Uncle Bill asthey moved off, "this is my nephew and godson. Will Stanton, Merriman Lyon."

The driver tossed aside his dreadful cap, and a mop of white hair sprang into shaggy freedom. Shadowed dark eyes glanced sideways at Will out of an arrogant, hawk-nosed profile.

"Greetings, Old One," said a familiar voice into Will's mind.

"It's marvellous to see you," Will said silently, happily.

"Good morning, Will Stanton," Merriman said.

"How do you do, sir," said Will.

There was considerable conversation on the drive from Buckinghamshire to Comwall, particularly after the picnic lunch, when Will's uncle fell asleep and slumbered peacefully all the rest of the way.

Will said at last, "And Simon and Jane and Barney have no idea at all that the Dark timed its theft of the grail to match the making of the Greenwitch?"

"They have never heard of the Greenwitch," Merriman said. "You will have the privilege of telling them. Casually, of course."

"Hmm," Will said. He was thinking of something else. "I'd feel a lot happier if only we knew what shape the Dark will take."

"An old problem. With no solution." Merriman glanced sideways at him, with one bristly white eyebrow raised. "We have only to wait and see. And I think we shall not wait for long...."

Fairly late in the afternoon, the Daimler hummed its noble way into the forecourt of the railway station at St. Austell, in Cornwall. Standing in a small pool of luggage Will saw a boy a little older than himself, wearing a school blazer and an air of self-conscious authority; a girl about the same height, with long hair tied in a pony-tail, and a worried expression; and a small boy with a mass of blond, almost white hair, sitting placidly on a suitcase watching their approach.

"If they are to know nothing about me," he said to Merriman in the Old Ones' speech of the mind, "they will dislike me extremely, I think."

"That may very well be true," said Merriman. "But not one of us has any feelings that are of the least consequence, compared to the urgency of this quest."

Will sighed, "Watch for the Greenwitch," he said.

Copyright © 1974 by Susan Cooper

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Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising Sequence Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember becoming completely enthralled by this series as a youngster. I only recently discovered the titles again. Rereading them some 25 years later -- they are just as magical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Greenwitch By Holden Ketchum One of my favorite parts in this story is when Jane wishes for the Greenwitch to be happy even though she could wish for anything in the world.  The Greenwitch then has a soft spot in her heat for Jane. This book takes Jane, Barney, and Simon Drew (from “Over Sea Under Stone”) and Will Stanton (from “The Dark is Rising”) and has them work together to finish the Quest for the Grail in the small fishing town of Trewissick.  This was where Simon, Jane, and Barney found the Grail the summer before; they also lost the manuscript for the grail which is required to translate the strange markings on the Grail. The Greenwitch is made of woven leaves and twigs by the local women of Trewissick once a year.  Foreigners are not allowed to watch or participate in the ceremony usually but Jane was invited to watch by one of the local towns women.  Once the Greenwitch is complete you can touch the Greenwitch and make a wish.  As I said Jane wishes happiness upon the Greenwitch.  Once everyone is done wishing the Greenwitch is thrown into the sea as an offering to the gods for good fishing and safety.  The Greenwitch is thrown into the sea and finds the lost manuscript.  It then becomes a race between the light and the dark to get the lost manuscript from the Greenwitch. The forces of the Dark steel the grail in the beginning of the book.  Then Barney meets a painter of the Dark.  The painter steels his painting of the harbor as well as Captain Toms dog Rufus.  Rufus escapes and shows Barney and Simon where the painter lives.  In his caravan Barney discovers the Grail.  The painter has Barney look into the Grail and fills it with water and oil.  Barney tells the painter some kind of prophecy, the painter then tries to makes them forget they ever saw the grail.  But Simon remembers because he didn’t drink the orange juice that Barney did.  He told his great uncle what Barney had said through the Grail.  This is the most important part of the prophecy. “…he said, ‘What spell will command it?’  And all of a sudden it wasn’t Barney any more his face went empty again and that horrible voice came out, and it said, ‘The spell of Mana and the spell of Reck and the spell of Lir…’” page 65 That night Merriman and Will went to talk to the Greenwitch to try to retrieve the manuscript, as well as the painter.  The painter is not powerful enough to control the Greenwitch so the Greenwitch does not give the Manuscript to either side.  Later the painter tries to get the Manuscript again and this angers the Greenwitch into a fury and she unleashes her wild magic on the town of Trewissick which causes everyone to have nightmares and strange hallucinations. I hope this made you want to read this book but you should read Over Sea Under Stone as well as The Dark is Rising before you read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the 2nd best in the series (after The Dark is Rising) and takes a lot less time than the others to get going. All of the others in the series were kind of boring in the beginning, but not this one! Powerful and epic, this book is part of the biggest thing in fine literature since the beginning of time.
briannad84 on LibraryThing 4 months ago
One of my favorite book series!
reannon on LibraryThing 4 months ago
3rd book in the Dark is Rising series. Goodk, but not as good as the 2nd, the Dark is Rising.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing 4 months ago
In the third book of the series, the Drew kids and Will Stanton team up (not always happily) to find the stolen grail and figure out what's going wrong with the Greenwitch.This book is in many ways Jane Drew's story. It is her participation in the Greenwitch ceremony and her wish for the Greenwitch's happiness that inform the events that transpire.A wonderful exploration of the Greenwitch mythos seamlessly woven into the story of the battle of Light and Dark that Cooper is telling. This book both builds on the other two and makes you want to know what happens next.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing 4 months ago
In this middle book of the series, the three siblings from Over Sea, Under Stone -- Simon, Jane, and Barney -- meet Will Stanton from the Dark is Rising. The plot is fairly linear; there aren't really puzzles or surprising plot twists. The strength of the story is its mood. Readers who identify with Will and Jane will be enjoy the book more; readers who identify more with Simon and Barney may ultimately feel left out.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The third book in the Dark is Rising series. In this, the two worlds of the previous novels collide. Barney, Jane and Simon finally meet Will, and it's a funny and adorable situation. Jane continues to be a tough/strong character and I love that about Susan Cooper's writing. I liked this book because it was fast-paced, but gave us a lot of tiny bits of character development. I loved Jane's interactions with the Greenwitch and her perceptiveness when it came to Will. I like that while Simon and Barney are initially annoyed by Will's presence, they end up getting along with him. I also loved the character of the Greenwitch, she's a great fantastical character. I love this series, even as an adult.
PhoebeReading on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Probably the weakest of the Dark is Rising Sequence so far. Cooper's prose remains lovely and strong, and it's nice to see some character development--and a little less focus on the boys--in Jane's storyline. However, the marriage between the Drews' story and Will's is, so far, an awkward one. The characterization of Merrimen as both lovable "Gumerry" and an Old One just feels . . . weird, and like the Drews boys, I found Will's solemn, somewhat flat presence grating, especially in contrast to the more faceted and boisterous Drews children. His strength in The Dark Is Rising was his realistic doubt and uncertainty, and here he's a cipher--frustrating! This is undoubtedly a key stepping stone in the series, but it wouldn't stand well on its own.
stubbyfingers on LibraryThing 5 months ago
While many of the young adult fantasy series out there (Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, etc.) are perfectly readable and enjoyable for adults, this series is probably not one of them. It tends to be a bit too simplistic with the problems too easily solved. This is the third book in "The Dark is Rising" sequence and brings together characters from the first two books. One of the characters is clearly in control of the situation, not needing to work it solving the problems at all and the other three are just stumbling around blindly, never understanding what's happening at all. The climax comes and goes before you know it--very simplistic. I wouldn't recommend this as a serious read for adults.
AngelaG86 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Will Stanton and the Drew children meet to continue the quest to stop the Dark from rising in the third book of the Dark is Rising Sequence. Probably my favorite of the sequence.
RebeccaAnn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
When the grail the Drew children found is stolen by the Dark, Simon, Jane, and Barney team up with their Uncle Merry and Will Stanton to get it back. But what is this mysterious Greenwitch ceremony and the magical creature, smelling of hawthorne and the sea, that begins to haunt Jane's dreams?This is by far my favorite book of the series so far. I'm not a huge fan of Will Stanton but I love the Drew children and in this book, the interaction between Will and the Drews made Will's character very bearable for me. I think he's a much better character when he's not the sole focus of the narrative. Cooper also did a marvelous job of making him both an Old One and a young boy. There were instances when he was just charming and fun to read about and of course, the sibling interactions between Simon, Jane and Barney are never dull. Cooper's ability to develop relationships between her characters is really astounding in these books.My only real beef with the series in general is that in so many scenes, there could have been much more description, and many could have been extended. However, one must remember that she was in fact writing this for the young adult audience and, though some may disagree with me, young teenagers and older tweens do tend to have shorter attention spans. I enjoy these books for what they are: good juvenile escapist fiction. Highly recommended.
seph on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I don't know how I've missed The Dark Is Rising sequence all these years, but these books are very enjoyable and suspenseful reads, especially for someone like me who likes Arthurian and mystical fantasy. Much like Jane, I felt a compassionate and loving awe for the Greenwitch. And again, as in the other books, this story is filled with nail-biting suspense and vivid imagery that is both compelling and delightfully scary.
booksandwine on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book had more Jane, the Drew children and Will Stanton finally meet, and the Drew boys don't really like Will. All in all this was an okay read. I probably would have devoured it faster if I was 11 or 12, but I'm 21.
readafew on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book brings the Drew kids and Will Stanton all together. The grail has been stolen and they need to try and get it back. This all happens at a little sea side village where they are celebrating spring and making a Greenwich to through into the sea for good luck.This is a neat set of books for young adults/Middle school kids. I read them when I was in Middle school and found them a little spooky, having reread them as an adult I found them an easy read and definitely written for younger readers. Great books to get younger readers interested in reading.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I didn't like this book quite as well as its two predecessors, but I would still give it four stars. The highlight of the story, aside from its continuing to push the main quest forward, is that it introduces a third magical force separate from the Light and the Dark, and shows that there can not truly be any neutral ground between the two. This third force also draws much of the book's plot away from the main quest, however, and ends up interfering with the events of that quest in a way that is too convenient. I complained that in "Over Sea, Under Stone," it sometimes felt like the children were figuring things out too quickly, but in this book things just seem to happen without any figuring out at all; the Old Ones already know everything that's supposed to happen, and the children don't seem to have as much to do here. Their characters suddenly appear weaker when they are brought together with Will Stanton. However, there is a slight surprise at the end of the book in regards to the Dark character in this story, which lent at least some feeling that not everything in the story was completely predictable.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In the third book in the Sequence, Simon, Jane, and Barney meet up with Will, and of course the mysterious Merry in order to recover the piece that fell from the grail as well as the grail itself. The four of them must work together with the siblings not trusting Will, and the Greenwitch playing a role. In the end it is an act of Jane's that makes the difference.
bell7 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The grail has been stolen. Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew, who found the grail in the first place, know it must have something to do with the Dark. Their Great Uncle Merry confirms this for them, and says that they will need to help, but he can't tell them much more like that. Meanwhile, Will Stanton's uncle visits from America and offers to take him with him to Cornwall. The three Drews are a little leery of sharing their vacation, and their great-uncle, with Will, but all four children are going to have to find a way to work together to keep the grail out of the hands of the Dark.It's been a few years since I read Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark is Rising, but I remembered enough about the stories and the characters to follow along in this one. Greenwitch has some interesting elements, but it's a fairly straightforward story with little surprises for a well-seasoned fantasy reader. As the middle book in the series, it doesn't stand on its own well - it brings together characters from the first two books, and sets up the next one. Perhaps because I'm coming to these books for the first time as an adult, I'm simply not falling in love with it. I will continue reading - I'm especially interested in reading the Newbery Medal winner, The Grey King - but at this point, I wouldn't plan on rereading any of the titles.
danbarrett on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Part of what is probably my favorite YA series of all time, and, in my opinion, one of the best fantasy series of all time. I can't even tell you how much I loved these books. That said, this was probably the one I enjoyed the least, simply because I was more attached to the other sets of characters than I was the siblings dealt with here. Still, better than most other books.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Not my favorite in the sequence, but notable as it focuses more on Jane, rather than Will or her brothers.
Adam_Gentry More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To lose repeatedly to such stupid, stupid, stupid children as this? We may be kids, but I doubt any of us would be as idiotic as these ones.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like these books then you should try the boggart books there by Susan Cooper and there great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago