Review: Saffron Wilds (San Amaro Investigations Book 6) by Kai Butler

Rating: 5🌈

Well , Saffron Wilds is one wild, heart-stoppingly complicated, beautifully crafted, absolutely slam dunk of a tale! Especially , especially (yes 2 especially’s) that ending! One part of me want to say, screw you, Kai Butler. The other wants to give major finger snaps for shock value.

It’s a close call. And I read this twice.

I believe this is the series penultimate book. Not sure because with everything that’s happening here, all the revelations, all the characters involved, all the players and places that are mentioned and visited, we are talking a very grand and labyrinthine scale here.

And it’s starts so simply with a case of a missing familiar and the emotional wobbling about an engagement.

And from that seemingly easy launch Butler builds a intricate narrative that is so gorgeously complex and yet so delicate constructed that the story never feels dense. Much like the lacy constructs of the larger orb spiders, those webs can appear light , big designs. Yet on closer inspection, it’s full of smaller strands, different webbing, almost invisible to the eye. Darkness and light. And lethal.

Such an incredible interplay. What a fabulous piece of storytelling. I’ll definitely reread it again to see what I missed.

And to pass the time until Cypress Ashes is released.

I’m highly recommending the series and definitely this story. But the books must be read in the order they are written in order for the relationships, characters, and events to make sense.

San Amara Investigations Series:

◦ A Haunting at Midnight #0.5

◦ A Debt Unpaid #0.75

✓ Wormwood Summer #1

✓ A Belated Burial #1.5

✓ The Oak Wood Throne #2

✓ A Gilded Iron Blade #3

✓ A Shattered Silver Crown #4

✓ The Heart’s Blood Arrow #5

✓ Saffron Wilds #6

◦ Cypress Ashes #7 – June 19,2023 (series finale)

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Saffron Wilds (San Amaro Investigations Book 6)

Description:

Someone’s cat is missing and Parker Ferro, San Amaro’s best paranormal PI can’t find it.

Parker Ferro has cracked some tough cases, so he didn’t think a missing cat would be the investigation to ruin his five star rating. But months in, he still can’t find the feline and the only lead he can track points straight to a dead body. With Paranormal Crimes now involved, Nick joins Parker when they head straight into the illegal world of familiar theft.

As the body count rises, Parker and Nick are drawn deeper into a darker game than they’ve ever played before, and drag the people around them in with them.

When shadows begin to move, fae politics gets bloody, and the Dark Realm prepares for war, Parker and Nick are faced with a threat to the lives of all of the thousand realms. To win, they’ll need to decide how much they can bear to sacrifice.

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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