Book Review: The Butterfly in Amber

The Butterfly in Amber by Kate Forsyth

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the sixth and final book in the series.

Luca and Emilia need the final charm to complete the set. But they only have a day or so to find it and get back to the prison where their families are being held captive.

Throughout the six books, the magic of the charms featured strongly and there was an extensive effort to gain support from long lost family members. I expected the climax to be exciting and full on, but it fizzled out for me. Yes, the two children saved the day but the ending was somewhat disappointing because the gathering of people was pointless and I didn’t feel the charm bracelet actually had much to do with the resolution.

Overall, the series was an adventure touched with magic. Other than the climax, I felt the presence of the larger animals hindered the children so they were disposed off early on so obviously that didn’t work that well. And, at times, the historical content came across as purely being there to enlighten, not to entertain, which means it was a bit distracting.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the series. It was fun and easy to read. I was, however, disappointed that the reason for the children’s adventure didn’t really materialise into a fantastic ending that left me breathless.