Their search for the grail sets into motion a series of disturbing, sometimes dangerous events that, at their climax, bring forth a gift that, for a time at least, will keep the Dark from rising.
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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I love Susan Cooper's books, have read this series many times over the years since I first discovered it - it's excellently crafted! Such a delight to find it in audio, and narrated by Alex Jennings: a TERRIFIC voice, exactly right for The Dark Is Rising tales. ... I know I'll get just as much enjoyment every time I listen to these stories in future. Many thanks to all involved!
I can't say enough good about this series. It's a piece of my childhood. And this book was my favorite of the series. Each story has a slightly different tone. I think this may have been the most personal of the stories that Susan Cooper wrote, since she said she identified with Jane, which this story follows more closely than the others.
Loved it, brought me back to my childhood. I found it very amusing to hear the narrator dabble with varying accents... Impressed with his American/British hybrid accent! They should totally contract a studio ghibli project for this entire series!
I read this series as a child and loved it. Returning to it as an adult but read to like a child has been thrilling.
The narrator is very talented. He is able to embody both male and female characters as well as giving the sensing of young and old.
I will be listening to them over and over again. I am so happy to have found them. Give them a chance and you will be glad you did.
This series is highly underrated as a place holder between C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter, but in many ways it's every bit as good as both. Where those series rely heavily on fantasy this series uses actual history to flesh out the narrative.
Although originally aimed at young adults these books are a must read for anyone interested in Arthuriana or anyone who just enjoys well written fantasy.
I continue to enjoy these characters some 35 years later. A quick jaunt back to the familiar comfort of childhood. Susan Cooper is a master storyteller and Alex Jennings is simply the best at bringing these stories to life.
This isn't the strongest of the Cooper books but it is fun to see the team up of Merriman and Will with the Drew children from the first book.
Meine Freude war riesengroß, als ich hier bei Audible die englische Fassung vom 'Wintersonnenwenden-Zyklus' ergattern konnte.
Die an die Gralslegende angelehnte Geschichte um die Geschwister Barney, Simon und Jane Drew, den geheimnisvollen Merriman Lyon und natürlich den 'Uralten' Will Stanton hat mich schon als Kind fasziniert.
Auch heute noch kann ich mich dem Sog der Geschichte, der Spannung und der Sprache kaum entziehen.
Im vorliegenden dritten Band begegnen sich die Drew - Kinder und Will Stanton zum ersten Mal. Der heilige Gral, den Jane, Barney und Simon Drew im ersten Teil dieser Pentralogie gefunden haben, wurde aus dem Museum gestohlen. Die Schriftzeichen, die sich auf dem Gral befinden, könnten mit einem Metallzylinder entschlüsselt werden. Aber dieser ging bei der Suche nach dem Gral verloren; er versank im Meer. Welche Rolle spielt die Greenwitch dabei? Warum kann sich Jane der Macht der Greenwitch nicht entziehen? Wie kann sich Barney aus den Fängen der Finsternis befreien? Ist der Gral für immer verloren?
Die Antworten gibt es in diesem hervorragenden Hörbuch.
Der Vortrag von Alex Jennings ist fantastisch. Er fühlt sich in die Geschichte ein, steigert die Spannung und nimmt den Hörer gekonnt mit auf die abenteuerliche Reise nach Cornwall.
Die einzelnen Bände dieser Reihe heißen übrigens
01) Over Sea, Under Stone ('Bevor die Flut kommt')
02) The Dark Is Rising ('Wintersonnenwende')
03) Greenwitch ('Greenwitch')
04) The Grey King ('Der Graue König')
05) Silver On The Tree ('Die Mächte des Lichts')
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