Happy Birthday to The Black Star of Kingston!

Happy Birthday to The Black Star of Kingston! We’re celebrating with a GIVEAWAY so read on!

The Black Star of Kingston with a ship.

“I am afraid…But I keep on loving what’s on the other side of this fight, and that will have to make me brave.”

The Black Star of Kingston

And that is how a hero rises.

But what hero? Who was the founder of Natalia? What led to the inception of the oath we know and love?

The Black Star of Kingston has the answers:

A century before Heather and Picket’s adventures in The Green Ember, a displaced community fights for hope on the ragged edge of survival. Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar face old fears and new enemies, forging a legend that will echo through the ages.
Old wars haunt. New enemies threaten. An oath is born.”

Watch the video to see what S.D. Smith has to say about this legendary oath!

Fun fact: The Black Star of Kingston shares a birthday month with World Emoji Day. Show us your favorite #rabbitswithswords emojis in the comments! Here’s ours: rabbit facecrossed swordsgreen heart

A short sail down memory lane reveals that The Blackstar of Kingston has been loved since the beginning. Take a look in the video!

Have you had a chance to review this book? Let us know what you think on Goodreads, Amazon, or Audible.

Black Star Patch

Now it’s time to join the ranks of Fleck Blackstar and his crew by creating your very own black star patch.

Grab a FREE printable guide with instructions and template for this patch here.

*While you’re at it, pick up some FREE coloring pages when you Gimme 5!*

For the black star patch you will need:

  • Felt, black and white
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive (glue, thread, tape, etc.)


Cut a rectangle from white felt.
Cut a star from black felt.
Attach the black star to the white felt using an adhesive.

Ta-da! I hereby dub thee part of the Blackstar Company. 

My place beside you
My blood for yours
Till the Green Ember rises
Or the end of the world.

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We’d love to see your creations! Use #rabbitswithswords and tag @sdsmithereens on Instagram or Facebook. Here are some we’ve received:

New to The Green Ember? Get started with the first audiobook for FREE.

If you want your very own copy, The Black Star of Kingston is available at the S. D. Smith Family Store (where you get the best deal & CURRENTLY ON SALE!) and is also available on audiobook and eBook (and print) at Amazon and your favorite bookshops.

Did you know: if your library partners with Hoopla, you can listen to ALL the audiobooks for free?! Make sure to check with your local library & follow the recommended reading order.

Now it is time for the GIVEAWAY!!

giveaway for the black star of kingston

To celebrate The Black Star of Kingston’s birthday, we’re giving away:

  • (1) Complete Signed Set of The Green Ember Series
  • (8) Signed The Black Star of Kingston Books
  • (8) The Black Star of Kingston Audiobooks

for a total of 17 winners!

How to Enter:

  1. Follow @sdsmithereens on Instagram AND Facebook.
  2. Comment (here / Instagram / Facebook) with your favorite #rabbitswithswords inspired emoji for a chance to win one of these prizes!

Rules: Must have a U.S. mailing address. Must be 18 or older. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram. Void where prohibited.

Thank you for celebrating The Black Star of Kingston‘s birthday with us!


  1. Awesome!! I don’t have Instagram so I can’t enter (??) but it’s still awesome! My Rabbits With Swords emojis: ?⚔️?

    1. Could y’all at some point do a giveaway that doesn’t require having an Instagram account please? Thanks for doing givaways!!

    1. I Love all the books!!! Please Could we Maybe have a Book or Books about Terralane????? I (as others) Think it’s a good idea…. maybe about Bleston or Gult cause in Ember’s End Tammeth Seer calls him Father Gult…. did he Find Terralane????
      #RabbitsWithSwords ??⚔???

      1. I think he definitely did! I noticed that too?And I think a book about Terralain would be great!

  2. Are the Green Ember series books going to be hardcover or soft? Could you do a giveaway to someone who makes the best Green Ember art? That would be awesome. Thanks for your books! They are a blessing, and so are you, Mr. Smith!
    My fav emojis:
    ❤️?? ????⚔️?
    (These are bad: ??)
    In French:
    “Ma place à côté de vous, mon sang pour vous, Jusqu’à ce que le vert Ember se lève, ou la fin du monde!”
    In English:
    “My Place beside you, My blood for yours, Till the Green Ember rises, or the End of the World!”

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