Review Week! The Green Ember by S.D. Smith

All this week, I’ll be postings short reviews (and doing GIVEAWAYS!!) of new book releases that I think the Slugs & Bugs Blog readers will enjoy. Today’s review… The Green Ember!

My heart leaps! It LEAPS I tell you! Last week The Green Ember was the #1 Children’s Fantasy novel on That means the world is beginning to  learn about Heather and Picket Longtreader.

I am excited because author S.D. Smith (proprietor of is my friend, but even if he were my arch nemesis, I would have been swept into this finely written tale of peril and beauty, treachery and hope. The brief prologue ends with a mysterious, captivating call that echoes throughout the rest of the story.

“My place beside you, my blood for yours! Till the Green Ember rises or the end of the world!”

What ho! I read that line and cheered. And blessedly, the action pitched and careened from there with a deft storyteller’s touch. With rich character development and brisk, thoughtful dialogue, The Green Ember fully lives up to the implicit claims within that stirring start.

In case you’re still on the fence about this fantastic debut novel, here’s what my son Jonah had to say (Jonah is 11, he read  the LOTR trilogy for the first time when he was 9. He was recently spotted on the playground halfway through Tolkein’s Silmarillion, and for two years, his favorite book has been Watership Down).



“If you’ve ever liked a book, I think you’ll like The Green Ember

– Jonah Goodgame (for Jonah’s spontaneous video review, click here)

It brings me great pleasure to recommend The Green Ember to readers of every age, everywhere. Even for the illiterate, S.D. has provided through the audiobook version, delightfully voiced by Joel Clarkson (available at And if you visit their website today, you’ll see The Green Ember is FREE today in the kindle store. FREE!!

Of course, eventually you’ll want the real book. The Green Ember belongs on a shelf in your home. So leave a comment below naming a favorite family activity, and you’ll be entered to win  your own copy of The Green Ember. 

(for example, if you like hiking with your family, just leave a comment that says: hiking.) Winners revealed next week!


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