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The Lightning Bolt

(The fifth book in the Chain of Charms series)
A novel by

The final three paperbacks of the award-winning six-book series by Kate Forsyth.

Life is always hard for the gypsies, who live to their own rhythm and their own rules, but since Oliver Cromwell had seized control of England, life had been harder - and drabber - than ever. But now life for the Finch tribe has gone even more horribly wrong. They have been accused of vagrancy and murder, and thrown into gaol with only three weeks to live.

The only members of the family to escape are 13-year-old Emilia and her cousin Luka. They have been entrusted to find the six charms and bring them together again. Then, perhaps, the gypsies could once again have some luck... and the Finch tribe could walk free. What Emilia and Luka do not realise is that there is a price to be paid for each lucky charm, and that the cost may prove too high...

27th August 1685:
Sussex was the first county secured by the Roundheads because of its iron foundries. Here in the Weald, the Smith tribe are working for Parliament, making cannons and weaponry. They have prospered under Cromwell's rule, and have no interest in old gypsy charms. And it is here where Luka and Emilia must find the fifth charm, a finely-wrought lightning bolt, and amidst the smoke and noise of the Horsmonden foundry, the gypsy children run into old friends... and old enemies.

Winner of Aurealis Awards' Best Children's Long Fiction 2007

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Paperback Editions

September 2008 : UK Paperback

Title: The Lightning Bolt (Chain of Charms)
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 0-330-42436-X / 978-0-330-42436-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Australia
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Audio Editions

January 2009 : USA Audio edition

Title: The Lightning Bolt: Chain of Charms, Books 5
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon   

February 2003 : Audio CD

Title: The Lightning Bolt
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
ISBN: 5552261224 / 978-5552261222
Publisher: Pan
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Kindle Editions

November 2007 : USA, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Lightning Bolt: Chain of Charms 5 (The Chain of Charms)
Author(s): Kate Forsyth
Publisher: Macmillan Australia
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK