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Ember Falls (The Green Ember Series: Book 2) Paperback – September 13, 2016
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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?
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- Publisher : Story Warren Books (September 13, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0996436804
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996436809
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 730L
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heather and Picket are two young, blissfully ignorant rabbits living in Nick Hollow. In one day, the course of their lives changes forever. Picket trains to be a fighter under Helmer while Emma teaches Heather the art of healing. King Jupitur's heir leads on bravely as the grim Lords of Prey and the evil wolves threaten to abolish rabbitkind. Jo Shanks goes from an unrecognized archer to a hero.
This is my favorite seires. I love the characters. I feel the danger. I see how evil the villans are. I love how Smith expertly blends friendship and family love, fear, war, yes, and romance into an epic tale approprite for children. When I am an adult with children I will read it to them. I will probably reread the seires two times in my life, if not more. Mr. Smith is my favorite author. He has composed a story that is so beautiful. He has cast such good characters. They are both strong and sensitive, loyal and wise, torn by loss and made complete by what they find on their journey. And they are different. Picket is a warrior who most wants to free his family. Emma is a kind and quite healer. Helmer is a feirce, wounded old soldier. I admit that there may be a few people who seem very similar, but with two fighters rather than one, we can see what is going on on two fronts. It also helps us see what the scene is like for each character.
The Tales of Old Natalia is the sub-seires. It covers Whitson Mariner's time. Some might say that this was just an outlet for the author's extra world building, which it very well may be, but the Old Natalia books are very helpful when Prince Lander or Captain Blackstar is mentioned. Plus, who can deny an awesome story?
The appropriate age for reading these books will vary from child to child, but a four year old was fine with the first book. The books do get more gruesome, but such is war. And I do not think that 'the arrow found it's mark and the Preylord fell from the sky' should be too descriptive for most kids that can understand what the words mean. But in the second and third books, there is talk of eating rabbit younglings and fattening them up. Those two are the most gruesome. I myself, reading them at about ten, was fine, and probably most boys around that age would be too, but watch out for your sensitive kids and little ones.
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.