FAQ: Green Ember & S. D. Smith

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Yes! The TENTH Green Ember world book is Prince Lander and the Dragon War. There are four “main series” books, plus the Green Ember Archer Trilogy and the Old Natalia Trilogy. Best enjoyed in publication order. (See below.)

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They are all available on Audible and many other retailers!

There are several ways to experience The Green Ember Series Books:

Sam recommends publication order: 

  1. The Green Ember
  2. The Black Star of Kingston
  3. Ember Falls
  4. The Last Archer
  5. Ember Rising
  6. The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner
  7. The First Fowler
  8. Ember’s End
  9. The Archer’s Cup
  10. Prince Lander and the Dragon War

Main 4 Green Ember Series Books, Green Ember: Old Natalia, then Green Ember: Archer

  1. The Green Ember
  2. Ember Falls
  3. Ember Rising
  4. Ember’s End
  5. The Black Star of Kingston
  6. The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner
  7. Prince Lander and the Dragon War
  8. The Last Archer
  9. The First Fowler
  10. The Archer’s Cup

Green Ember: Old Natalia, Main 4 Green Ember Series Books, then Green Ember: Archer

  1. The Black Star of Kingston
  2. The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner
  3. Prince Lander and the Dragon War
  4. The Green Ember
  5. Ember Falls
  6. Ember Rising
  7. Ember’s End
  8. The Last Archer
  9. The First Fowler
  10. The Archer’s Cup

Parents, of course, must decide if the books are appropriate for kids with special sensitivities. For read-alouds, many families have found a wide age of kids (even as young as four and as old as older teens) can stay engaged. For independent reading, the sweet spot might begin around seven or eight, and go into the teens, depending on the child. Parents are always advised to read the book first if you are concerned.

Yes. It concludes what began with The Green Ember, and continued with Ember Falls, and Ember Rising.

Yes! More adventures are out there. There have been two books post-Ember’s End.

The Green Ember Archer adventures (Last Archer, First Fowler, Archer’s Cup) follow a supporting character, Jo Shanks, from the main four Green Ember books. They occur during the same rough timeline as the main four books, but feature different scenes and adventures not explored in the books that focus on Picket and Heather.

This video sums it up. It is specifically unconnected to modern political or social media movements. It’s connected to a deeper, older battle. It’s aimed at daily facing up to darkness and despair with the defiance of light. It is an exercise in modesty, hospitality, love, self-sacrifice, and faith. It’s specifically aimed to inspire and encourage those who take responsibility to love and serve vulnerable children—particularly in the arena of Imagination.

For now, future in-person events are the only places this story will be shared. We wish we could bring Sam everywhere he gets requests, but it takes an organized event with some planning and investment to take Sam away from what all his readers want him to be doing: writing more books!

For very limited times during a new release or for a special occasion, we are able to offer signed books through our store.

See this. You can write to S. D. Smith at…
PO Box 2267
Beaver, WV 25813
*Note: Portions of fan letters and art may be shared unless requested otherwise. 

Sam would love to be able to engage all such requests, but he is almost always unable. At sdsmith.com/writers you’ll find his writing course and a link to a writing program he contributes to.

We wish we could answer questions for each person individually, but maybe this will help…

Name: Samuel D. Smith
Goes By: Sam, Daddy
Family Born Into: Two Parents, Three Brothers, and One Sister (Sam is the middle child.)
Present Family: One Wife, Four Kids (Two Boys, Two Girls)
Born: Huntington, West Virginia on February 11, 1977
Raised: In West Virginia…and Ohio (USA), KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng (South Africa), briefly Puerto Rico and Zimbabwe
Lives: Grandview, West Virginia

Books Loved As A Child: (Read to) The Chronicles of Narnia, The Boxcar Children, Lassie, Little Women
Sports Played As Child: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Football, Cricket, Rugby, etc.
Favorite Foods: Tacos (mild!), Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie (no peas!), Fried Chicken, Chicken Tenders, Broccoli Casserole, Good Sandwiches, Hamburgers, etc.
Favorite Fast Food: Chic-fil-A (are there others?)
Favorite Fruit: Bananas, Apples
Favorite Veggies: Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower
Favorite Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Favorite Teams: West Virginia (anything college), Liverpool FC, USWNT/USMNT
Handed: Right
Footed: Right
Hand To Be Used Most If Right Hand Is Ever Cut Off (Jedi Situation): Left
Favorite Color: Green (especially forest green)
Favorite Places Visited Abroad: Durban, Paris, Rio, Zimbabwe, UK
Politics: A Little Left of King Arthur (not original with me)
Hobbies: Reading, Playing With His Children, Walks, Soccer, Campfires and S’mores
Favorite Authors: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, P. G. Wodehouse, Patrick O’Brian, G. K. Chesterton, Wendell Berry, Jane Austen, Jerome K. Jerome, Clair S. Smith (SDS’s Grandfather, a poet), N. D. Wilson, etc.
Religion: Christianity

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