The Black Star of Kingston


I am going to venture to guess that G.K. Chesterton would have liked this book.

Not because it is the most sophisticated book. Not because it is the most elegantly written book. Not even that it is the best book of S.D. Smith’s Green Ember books. I think that Chesterton and his wife Frances would have loved how much this book loves children and the fiction that feeds their souls. And Chesterton, MacDonald, Lewis and Tolkien would have loved Story Warren and how S.D. Smith really is on our side.


S.D. Smith is remarkable, he has to be one of the most humble and honest storytellers I have let into my heart. His writing style is beautiful and compelling and I see much CS Lewis in it. His tender and moral stories come from a deeply held love of his audience and a skill honed by the classic authors who nourished his soul. His classics loving style and tender care for those who will engage with the story work magic on the reader’s heart.


Black Star is smaller/shorter than The Green Ember and has a different feel. It is the ancient history of the rabbit kind and the story arc is really engaging and very powerful and the characters are equally likable. This origin story has a lot of action and a call to arms that resonates with even my four year old.


This is, without a doubt, the kind of book which will support the good we are trying to do in our homes. It is the kind of story which lives in the imagination and continues to whisper truth to the readers long after the book has been returned to the shelf.

Bravo, Mr. Smith. Bravo and many thanks.


You can learn more about S. D. Smith and find more of our reviews of his books here. You can purchase this book directly from Sam’s store, Story Warren, here or from Amazon, here. You can learn more about the book at Biblioguides, here. Sara has done some Green Ember bookclubs, you can find more here.