Greenwitch by Susan Cooper

Published: 1974

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 131 pages

Setting: Trewissick, England, just after the events in The Dark is Rising.

Interest: It’s the third book in The Dark is Rising sequence I’m reading to Miss Adventure as her bedtime story.

Summary: The Grail has been stolen. Simon, Jane and Barney head back to Trewissick with Merriman to look for it. They are joined by Will, who isn’t really welcomed by the other kids. Jane is invited to the local ceremony where the Greenwitch is constructed by the women of the town. Simon and Barney find an agent of the Dark who uses Barney to see in the Grail. The Greenwitch finds the iron tube holding the manuscript to decode the writing on the Grail. The agent of the Dark tries to compel the Greenwitch to give him the manuscript, but the Greenwitch refuses. Instead, it chooses to give the manuscript to Jane.

Final thoughts: It was nice to have Will finally meet Simon, Jane, and Barney. I questioned Merriman’s decision not to provide any background on Will to the other kids. They had no idea Will was an Old One and had just as much stake in recovering the Grail as they did. It’s a short, succinct story, but move the plot to the series along nicely. The Light recovers the Grail and is finally able to interpret the writing on it. They are that much closer to defeating the Dark once and for all. It was interesting that the Greenwitch was created from Wild Magic, which is a different and neutral entity in the fight of the Light against the Dark. I also appreciated the return to Trewissick. The book works well as a read aloud. The chapters are just a bit on the long side, but doable in a single night, and Cooper doesn’t pad her writing with anything extra, so the story moves right along.

Title comes from: The Greenwitch is made every year by the women of Trewissick and sent into the sea. This time, it finds the manuscript for the Grail where it had been lost the previous year.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 8/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a G in my Title Alphabet Challenge

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7 responses to “Greenwitch by Susan Cooper

  1. I loved the Dark is Rising books when I was a kid ^^

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