Q: What happens when you combine the style of classic fantasy series like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings with a group of adventuresome sword-bearing rabbits?
A: You get The Green Ember series by S. D. Smith, of course!
The Green Ember is a middle-grade adventure fantasy series filled with intense battles, selfless acts of courage and bravery, and a bold quest for truth. The protagonists—a pair of young rabbits named Heather and Picket—must face the injustice of betrayal as they struggle to solve the mystery of a missing prince and unknown heir. These sword-fighting rabbits search for answers and hope as they take on an army of villainous wolves and birds.
If your children love epic adventures—and stories in which characters use their individual gifts and strengths to defeat evil forces—then The Green Ember series will make a memorable choice for both independent reading and family read-aloud time.
Sarah Mackenzie, host of The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast, shared a hearty endorsement of The Green Ember. “This is the story we’ve been waiting for. When my audience wants to know our family’s favorite read-aloud, I answer without hesitation: The Green Ember.”
Although The Green Ember series has become a popular read-aloud option, you will want to be aware that the books contain action and danger that might be too intense for young or sensitive readers.
Take our free The Green Ember Series Checklist to your local library!
S.D. Smith‘s goal is to tell “new stories with an old soul.” If you glance through the hundreds of positive reviews his books have accumulated on Amazon and Goodreads, you’ll find that he has accomplished just that. While Smith crafts stories that are stylistically reminiscent of the masters of the genre, the concept of rabbits with swords is a new and undeniably endearing approach.
The story of The Green Ember was initially inspired by the stories Smith told his children out on the front porch of the family’s West Virginia home. Fans will be pleased to learn that in addition to the three books that have already been released, Smith is currently working on at least one more volume in The Green Ember series.
In The Green Ember, we first meet Heather and Picket who find themselves in the midst of an unexpected—and highly dangerous—adventure. A devastating separation from their family sends Heather on a search for answers and Picket on a quest for bravery and acceptance, but an unwelcome revelation causes Heather to question everything she knows about her family and her past. The identity of the unknown heir and the significance of the missing green ember lead the young rabbits on an epic journey of discovery.
Ember Falls, the much-anticipated sequel to The Green Ember, continues the tale of Heather and Picket and the newly identified Prince Jupiter. As evil forces threaten the safety of the prince and the green ember, danger lurks at every turn. And Heather and Picket still need to be reunited with their family—if they can.
The Black Star of Kingston is the prequel to The Green Ember and the first book in a new series, Tales of Old Natalia. The Black Star of Kingston steps back in time to explain the legends and backstory that led to the tumultuous series of events related in The Green Ember. Following the adventures of swashbuckling heroes Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar, The Black Star of Kingston is jam-packed with the action and heroism you will come to expect from an S.D. Smith epic adventure!
Author: S.D. Smith
Genre: adventure, animals, quests, legends
Interests: family life, friendship, childhood, growing up
Suggested age range: 10 and up
Gender preference: boys and girls
In the series: 3 books (with more to come!), ranging from 160 to 368 pages each
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