The Blackthorn Key
Books | Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).“Tell no one what I’ve given you.” Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn—with maybe an explosion or two along the way. But when a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart. In his stunning debut novel, Kevin Sands brings readers on a heart-stopping adventure rich with suspense, mystery, and unforgettable characters.
Simon and Schuster
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"Love this series! With nonstop action and absolutely hilarious characters, this book is perfect for readers who enjoyed Percy Jackson or Harry Potter! Who doesn’t want a little magic, a lot of humour, and an incredible plot all set in a historical time period? Perfect read, I highly recommend this. 5 stars for sure 🥺"
"Its simplistic yet intriguing style"
"I’ve just started it but I understand why my coworker says it’s her favorite! It’s a nice easy middle grade that actually keeps you hooked and interested!"
"This series does not get the recognition it deserves! It's so fun and entertaining with lots of mystery, action and humor. I feel like the reading level and writing style is very similar to Harry Potter or even the Percy Jackson series. While it's written for a younger audience I feel like adults could enjoy it just as much, I'm in my 20s and it's one of my favorite series!"