The Black Star of Kingston
by S. D. Smith, illustrated by Zach Franzen
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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.
A hero rises.
“For readers who loved The Green Ember, well- you’re in luck. S. D. Smith has done it again. The Black Star of Kingston is a book I’ll be shouting about from the rooftops for a long time coming. Jam-packed with harrowing adventure, startling courage, and the luscious vocabulary we all love in Smith’s stories, Black Star will not disappoint!”
–Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Revival
Black Star serves as a prequel to The Green Ember, expanding on the origin of the oath that was featured in Ember‘s prologue and throughout.
Black Star also opens a new series of books, the Tales of Old Natalia, which will feature stories of Whitson Mariner and the other heroes who first came to the shores of Natalia around a century before The Green Ember.