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Susan Cooper delivers yet another solid installment in the Dark is Rising sequence. Greenwitch opens with the thheft of the priceless golden grail recovered by the three Drew children in Over Sea, Under Stone. The culprits are the forces of the Dark, who are reeling from their midwinter defeat at the hands of Will Stanton and Meriman Lyon, but still determined to prevent the Light from achieving a final victory. Lyon enlists the Drews as well as Will to journey to Cornwall in an effort to reclaim the grail. As it happens, they arrive just in time for Jane to witness an ancient ceremony performed by the women of Cornwall every Spring, the making of the Greenwitch. This strange fashioning of leaves and branches is believed to bring good fortune when cast into the sea, but it soon becomes apparent that there may be more to this mysterious being than meets the eye. Things become complicated when Jane forms a strange bond of sympathy with the enigmatic being and even more so when the creature warily shows Jane its most prized possession, a small leaden case lost at the time of the finding of the grail. This case contains the only manuscript capable of deciphering the strange engravings on the surface of te golden grail, and the Dark are also after it. Will the Drews and Will succeed in recovering the grail? And even if they do, how will they persuade the Greenwitch to part with its treasure?
Once again Susan Cooper delivers a solid story and narrator Alex Jennings more than does it justic. I couldn't put it down for long.
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Subtle, intriguing, suspensful. I couldn't ask for more. Great for kids and adults.
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What made the experience of listening to Greenwitch the most enjoyable?
The narration is excellent. It's written in a similar pace to the Narnia stories and my kids seem to enjoy these more than a lot of modern stories.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My kids loved Barney, but they thought he was funnier in the first book.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The boys get invited into the artists caravan - kids thought it was scary but exciting too.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It was nice that Jane had a stronger role in this one.
Any additional comments?
We couldn't find the second book in the series on audio book so we will have to buy the paperback. As soon as it was finished the kids asked me to get the Grey King so it looks like we will finish the series.