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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 children's books set in the fantasy 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 a trilogy of books in the main series which were released in chronological order, and three 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 and Potter's War, containing happenings during and shortly after the events of The Green Ember.

According to S. D. Smith, "hundreds of thousands" of copies of the series have sold since 2015.[1]


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.[3]

Smith says that he wrote The Green Ember to "delight [his] children", 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", presumably to implicate that his "new" stories retain the morality that most of the books known as "classics" do.

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


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 seriesEdit

  1. The Green Ember
  2. Ember Falls
  3. Ember Rising

Anthology booksEdit


  • The Green Ember was the first book S. D. Smith had ever written.[7]
  • 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 and Picket, on his oldest children, Anne and Josiah, respectively.[8]



  1. S. D. Smith's Email to a fan
  2. [1]
  3. YouTube | The Green Ember Video
  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. Rabbit Room | Isn't The Green Ember Like Watership Down
  8. S.D. Smith Local author works to foster imagination in young readers | Michelle James, The Register Herald in Beckley, WV

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