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The Green Ember is a series of books authored by S. D. Smith, illustrated by Zach Franzen, and published by Story Warren, LLC.

The series is a succession of middle-grade noblebright fantasy books set in the land of Natalia, where rabbits with swords battle for their freedom against evil characters such as Lord of Prey Morbin Blackhawk and wolf Redeye Garlackson.

As of 2019, the series is composed of four books in the main series which were released in chronological order, and five anthology books that differ from the main storyline, The Black Star of Kingston and The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner being prequels to the main Green Ember series, and the others, The Last Archer, The First Fowler (to be published prior to December 9, 2019), and the not-yet-released Potter's War, containing happenings during and shortly after the events of The Green Ember.

Ember's End, the fourth and final book in The Green Ember main series, was announced on September 16, 2019, and is scheduled for publication sometime in Spring 2020.

AboutEdit

I feel like I’m not sharing Sam Smith’s book. I feel like I’m sharing our family’s story and we’re sharing it with other families.
 
The Green Ember series really began a long while before the publication of the initial book, The Green Ember, when Smith and his children watched rabbits hop around in their front yard in West Virginia. Smith, would, for the amusement of his children, make up stories about how these rabbits had become caught up in these great adventures; and that is how the series was born. Smith decided to turn those stories into books by publishing them via Story Warren, LLC.[2]

Smith says that he wrote The Green Ember to "delight [his] children",[3] who believe it can be summarized in three words: "Rabbits with Swords".[4] He calls the stories he writes "New Stories with an Old Soul", in order to implicate that his "new" stories retain the morality that most of the books known as "classics" do.[3]

Smith recommends the books for middle-grade readers, although he believes the books to be readable by anyone of any age.[5]

Series overviewEdit

GeneralEdit

The main series (The Green Ember, Ember Falls, Ember Rising, and Ember's End) follows the adventures of rabbit siblings Heather and Picket Longtreader as they find that their world is at war and join the fight for good against overwhelming odds.

The prequel series Tales of Old Natalia is set a century before the happenings of the main series, and accounts the tales of characters such as King Whitson Mariner, Lord Fleck Blackstar, and Prince Lander, as they battle struggle, betrayal, dragons, and evil from on high in their newly discovered land of Natalia.

The A Green Ember Story anthology books (The Last Archer , Potter's War, and The First Fowler) tell of the lives and backstories of various side characters of the main series such as archer Jo Shanks and Eefaw Potter, and are written from their perspectives.

BooksEdit

Main seriesEdit

  1. The Green Ember (December 15, 2014)
  2. Ember Falls: The Green Ember Book II (September 13, 2016)
  3. Ember Rising: The Green Ember Book III (March 8, 2018)
  4. Ember's End: The Green Ember Book IV (Spring 2020)

Prequel seriesEdit

  1. The Black Star of Kingston: Tales of Old Natalia 1 (July 13, 2015)
  2. The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner: Tales of Old Natalia 2 (December 3, 2018)

Anthology booksEdit

SynopsesEdit

Main article: The Green Ember (book)

The Green Ember:

"Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.

Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?"[6]


Main article: Ember Falls: The Green Ember Book II

Ember Falls:

"The stage is set. It's war. Morbin Blackhawk, slaver and tyrant, threatens to destroy the rabbit resistance forever. Heather and Picket are two young rabbits improbably thrust into pivotal roles. The fragile alliance forged around the young heir seems certain to fail. Can Heather and Picket help rescue the cause from a certain, sudden defeat?

My Place Beside You

My Blood For Yours

Till The Green... Ember Falls[6]


Main article: Ember Rising: The Green Ember Book III

Ember Rising:

"A harrowing adventure inside enemy territory. Heather and Picket are plunged into the darkness of Morbin’s shadow, fighting to bear the flame of the cause and light the way for rabbitkind’s upright insurrection.

Hope for a Healing

Work for the Mending

Fight for the Rising"[6]


Main article: Ember's End: The Green Ember Book IV

Ember's End:

""The end is here. Heather and Picket face off for the last time with their tyrannical foes in this final installment of the main Green Ember Series. The Mended Wood flickers dimly in the vision of the rabbits of Natalia, as they battle bravely for their survival and a hopeful future beyond.

My place beside you,

my blood for yours,

till the Green Ember...ends."[7]

Recommended reading orderEdit

S. D. Smith recommends that the series be read in the following order:[8]

  1. The Green Ember
  2. The Black Star of Kingston
  3. Ember Falls
  4. The Last Archer: A Green Ember Story
  5. Ember Rising
  6. The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner

Reception and popularityEdit

The Green Ember series was positively received by readers, and has enjoyed particular popularity with Christians and homeschooling families. The series features prominently in many of Amazon's Bestsellers Lists, including Christian Fantasy,[9] Children's Christian Action & Adventure Fiction,[10] Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy,[11] and Children's American Folk Tales & Myths.[12] The Green Ember has been nominated for multiple awards, including World Magazine's Children's Book of the Year 2015,[13] Audible's Kid's Book of the Year, and the West Virginia Fiction Award.

As of June 2019, the series (including the prequels and anthology books) has an average rating of 4.46/5 on the book review website Goodreads, based on 10,419 total user ratings and reviews, and a 4.87/5 average rating on Amazon based on 2,855 user reviews.

According to S. D. Smith, "hundreds of thousands" of copies of the series have sold since 2015.[14]

TriviaEdit

  • The series is named after an emerald gem which was passed down from each king to his successor to signify the successor's future kingship. After the defeat of King Jupiter and Morbin Blackhawk's rise to power, The Green Ember became to The Resistance a symbol of the freedom they fought for, as they rested in the hope that King Jupiter's heir would someday arise to defeat Morbin and bring to being the Mended Wood.
  • The Green Ember was the first book S. D. Smith had ever written.[15]
  • S. D. Smith told his children the stories that became The Green Ember series eight to ten years before the publication of The Green Ember. The stories were inspired by the rabbits in their own yard. Smith also based the main characters, Heather Longtreader and Picket Longtreader, on his oldest children, Anne and Josiah, respectively.[16]
  • The Green Ember series resides in physical form on all seven continents, even Antarctica, which received the series via a donation made by a friend of Story Warren, LLC, to a library which is used by researchers.[17]
  • In late 2016, Carrie Hodousek of West Virginia MetroNews reported how S. D. Smith had related that he had spoken with Hollywood filmmakers about a possible "movie version" of The Green Ember: “[i]t’s a little bit surreal, but it’s also what people do every day. Meeting all these people, I’m hopeful that at some point down the line we’ll have a movie[.]”[18]

GalleryEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. YouTube | The Green Ember Video
  3. 3.0 3.1 What Do I Mean By “A New Story With An Old Soul?” | SDSmith.net
  4. YouTube | The Green Ember Video
  5. Rabbit Room | Top Eleventy Reasons You Should Back The Green Ember
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 [2]
  7. [3]
  8. SDSmith.net | FAQ: Green Ember & S. D. Smith
  9. Bestsellers in Christian Fantasy | Amazon.com
  10. Best Sellers in Children's Christian Action & Adventure Fiction | Amazon.com
  11. Best Sellers in Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy | Amazon.com
  12. Best Sellers in Children's American Folk Tales & Myths | Amazon.com
  13. Children's Books of the Year | World News Group
  14. S. D. Smith's Email to a fan
  15. Rabbit Room | Isn't The Green Ember Like Watership Down
  16. S.D. Smith Local author works to foster imagination in young readers | Michelle James, The Register Herald in Beckley, WV
  17. The Green Ember is Spreading Worldwide! (Canada and Australia Now Stocking The Green Ember...UK Next?) | SDSmith.net
  18. WV MetroNews | Best selling author has roots to West Virginia



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