- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Story Warren Books
- Audible.com Release Date: September 20, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZTGD9V
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Ember Falls: The Green Ember Series, Book 2 Audible – Unabridged
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If you’d told me I would be enjoying a children’s book series about rabbits, I might have laughed out loud. But I am enjoying one, and I’m not laughing – I’m smiling.
“Ember Falls” is the second installment of “The Green Ember” series by S.D. Smith and illustrated by Zach Franzen (there’s also a prequel – “The Black Star of Kingston”). And what rabbits can do is rather amazing.
Following the great victory over the wolves at Jupiter’s Crossing (where we left our rabbit friends in “The Green Ember”), brother and sister Picket and Heather Longtreader have settled into a kind of normal daily living. Heather is learning the arts of medicine from Dr. Emma, who will turn out to be something more than a doctor. Picket is training with the elite military unit called the Fowlers, while mourning the taking of his parents and little brother by the wolves. He’s in training because the rabbits know war is coming.
Trouble lurks at every corner – wolves attacking in unexpected forays into the rabbit compound of Halfwind, eagles screaming and pouncing, the arrival of a new and suspect rabbit army, and traitors lurking in their midst. Heather and Picket have much to learn, and much to be wary about.
It’s a delightful story, and it can be read aloud to a children’s audience (or an adult one, for that matter). It’s action-packed, full of near misses and near hits, acts of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, and riveting scenes of anguish and confrontation. An additional story is being developed as well – the plight of a girl rabbit enslaved by the wolves and forced to serve them.
“Ember Falls” is the second of at least three in the rabbit series. It’s a self-contained one but not a completed one.
Yes, I’m glad the rabbits are back.
Ember Falls chronicles the continued arc of the cause of the Mended Wood. Heather and Picket both must bear greater responsibility and face graver trials as the grim denouement looms close. Their dedication to the cause at times conflicts with personal struggles and meets confusion in the form of a surprise newcomer, potentially their best ally or worst enemy. All comes to resolution in a climactic battle with morbins army and a cliffhanger ending. Without revealing too much, I admit I was disappointed by a certain turn of events (death of a character) but will admit this propelled the narrative to a well constructed conclusion. And who knows? Perhaps in the third book we will find this character did not really die after all...
Anyone who enjoys fantasy will like this series. Anyone who likes the idea of sword wielding rabbits grounded in a code of honour and sacrifice against terrible raptor slave lords will enjoy the series. I believe children beginning from age ten to twelve will especially appreciate the spectacle. Yes, there is violence, but it is not gratuitous or gory. Behind the exciting action is a strong moral heart of service to a greater ideal which this reader personally finds refreshing in a world increasingly lacking in firm belief standards.
The second book in the Green Ember series this story develops Characters and an overarching powerful story. A true Middle Story of development and hopes, much like our lives. Amazing conversations and ideas flow from the experiences of rabbits.
SD Smith has developed wonderfully as an author with a crisper voice in this sequel. We can't wait to see what comes next, as these will surely be classics!