|“||Nate Flynn: Looks like we're right back in the middle of it all, Jo.
The First Fowler: A Green Ember Story is the third installment in the A Green Ember Story series. It is written by S. D. Smith and illustrated by Zach Franzen. It was published on December 16, 2019.
"A Green Ember story set after the attack on Cloud Mountain and the battle at Jupiter’s Crossing.
In this sequel to The Last Archer, Jo Shanks is back in action against the Preylord tyrants. Alongside Helmer and Emma, this riveting adventure sees Jo on a perilous journey where survival and the cause itself are at stake.
Faced with a calamitous quandary, the loyal band of rabbits must break out of a fatal trap and survive to breath life into the fledgling resistance.
An heir in peril. An archer hunted from the skies.
Who will hunt the hunter?"
Recovered from his injuries in the Battle for Cloud Mountain, Jo Shanks is cleared for active duty by Emma, who informs him that she is being sent to Harbone Citadel to help with a blue fever outbreak. Jo pays a quick visit to the Savory Den, where he becomes acquainted with several soldiers of Chelmsford Citadel before they are called away on a mission. Going outside Cloud Mountain with Captain Frye, he observes wolves massing at the former sight of Decker's Landing, and upon volunteering for action against them is informed that another mission is planned for him.
Reuniting with the Bracers, Jo is put to the test by Nate Flynn, who informs him that rumors of his miraculous rescue of Heather Longtreader are moving through the ranks. After proving that he's recovered with no impact to his skill, Jo finds himself in a briefing with several other soldiers and leader of the Cause. The matter of discussion is Prince Smalden Joveson's intent to travel to Halfwind Citadel, before eventually holding another Citadel Congress, this time at Kingston. Having learned that some wolves have been encountered along their intended route, the prince's advisors have planned a mission involving two teams.
Jo is selected to join Lord Captain Helmer's advance unit, in company with Frye, Emma, Aubray of Vandalia Citadel, fellow Bracers Owen and Studge, and Heyward. After heading north to mislead any spies in the rabbit ranks, the group travels south ahead of Prince Smalls' larger party. However, while scouting ahead, Jo and Owen discover a much larger force of wolves than intelligence reports suggested, under the command of Preylord Solus. Unable to warn the prince's party without possibly leading Solus to them, the group decides to split up and attempt to draw the wolves in two separate directions.
Jo finds himself with Helmer, Emma, and Heyward, and they enact a plan to distract several wolves by having Jo pose as a traitor bound and left for the wolves. Unfortunately, the distraction attempted by Frye's party fails, with Solus killing Aubray and the others seemingly lost in action. Realizing that their objective remains unaccomplished, the four settle on a new target: Solus himself. After preparing an explosive device to latch onto the bird, the team-unexpectedly joined by Owen-sets a trap on a natural stone bridge.
Solus soon appears, but detects the deception; Jo is able to save Emma from his attack while Helmer attaches their bomb. The prince's party appears, but Jo is able to fire a flaming arrow that puts an end to Solus. The parties join forces and are also found by Studge and Frye. After hearing the prince refer to Jo as a "fowler", Helmer decides to include the archer in his training sessions with Picket Longtreader.
Book IV Preview
Note: A special preview of Ember's End: The Green Ember Book IV was included at the end of the book. However, an included note stated that the preview was not final, and requested that no spoilers be shared. As such, information from the preview will not be included on this article.
S. D. Smith is currently working on a direct sequel to The First Fowler, which is going to be longer than The Last Archer and The First Fowler combined.