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The Blackthorn Key

Staff Review: The Blackthorn Key

"The Blackthorn Key" by Kevin Sands

Cover: 'The Blackthorn Key'


An orphan, Christopher Rowe feels lucky to be chosen as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn, a great and kind apothecary. In order to keep recipes for his medicines and potions secret, his master uses complex codes and puzzles which Christopher is being taught to decipher. But when his master is brutally killed and a strange cult appears to be targeting London’s apothecaries, Christopher must also run for his life. He becomes entangled in a desperate and dangerous race to unravel codes in order to find the key that unlocks a terrible secret that could destroy the world if it falls into the wrong hands. This is an exciting, tween fantasy and mystery that will keep readers turning pages well into the night.

Audience: Children, Teens | Genre: Fiction, Fantasy