My November challenge to catch up with posting my reviews has now started, and here is the first of many (well, quite a few) to come this month…
Publisher: The Folio Society
The Greenwitch is the third book in the Dark is Rising sequence, and sees the welcome return of Simon, Jane and Barney who originally featured in the first book Over Sea Under Stone. In this story the children are joined by their Uncle Merry again, along with Will Stanton from the second book ‘The Dark is Rising’. Will appears to have grown into his role as an Old One, and it’s good to see all our heroes allied in the continuing battle between Light and Dark.
The Greenwitch of the title is a large humanoid sculpture woven in wood, built by the women of the village, to take part in an ancient local tradition. It was built to be thrown into the sea as an offering to ensure the safety of the fisherman of the village. It represents the oldest of magic, a neutral magic not concerned with either light or dark. The story is at last a chance for the women of the town, and particularly Jane, to shine.
It feels like a continuation of the first story, with Will Stanton as an added extra, and it picks up where the last left off. In the first book during the search for the grail an important piece was lost to the sea, and this story concerns itself with the recovery of the lost piece of the puzzle. The piece is being guarded by the Greenwitch who does not want to lose her prize.
For me this was the weakest of the books so far. It was still well written, there was some sense of threat at times, but I felt that it didn’t have the thrill of the first book, or the depth of the second. Well worth reading nonetheless! I have heard really good things about the rest of the series, and they are on the shelf ready to go.