The Green Ember is animal fantasy at its best, filled with gripping action and heartwarming rabbits, all deeply informed by the Christian worldview of its author.
*The Green Ember by S. D. Smith, illustrated by Zach Franzen. Story Warren Books, 2014. 368 pages.
Recommended for: ages 9 and up
The Green Ember is the story of two young rabbits, Heather and Picket, on the cusp of adulthood. When their home is destroyed by evil wolves and the rest of their family taken hostage, Heather and Picket are pulled into an age-old war between peace-loving rabbits and power-hungry animals of prey (wolves and raptors especially). To rescue their family, they will have to make new alliances in the Mended Wood, learn new skills from mentors, and most of all, find an inner courage they’ve never known before.
The Green Ember is described on Smith’s website, Story Warren, as “a new story with an old soul.” With medieval elements like swords, strongholds, and storytellers, the book recalls classics of the genre like The Hobbit. But with more overt Christian themes, cute bunnies, and less stressful scenes of conflict, this book will likely appeal to wider audiences (girls, younger kids) than fantasy series like Brian Jacques’s Redwall.
Cautions: Violence (battles, kidnapping, death), Dark/Depressing (feelings of despair)
Overall Value: 4 (out of 5)
Categories: Read-Aloud, Discussion Points, Fantasy, Animal Fantasy, Character Values, Starred Review
Cover image from TheGreenEmber. A free copy of this book received from the publisher for a fair review.
*indicates starred review