The Blackthorn Key
The Blackthorn Key
The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
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 suspenseful debut novel.“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.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Mystery

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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The Blackthorn Key, by Kevin Sands, is a thrilling adventure that takes place in the 1600’s in a little shop with Master Benedict Blackthorn and his Apprentice Christopher Rowe. Times were happy, with Christopher learning new things and making new messes, with of course, trouble along the way (like when Christopher learned how to sew up a bear because of a certain cannon). After the sudden death of Master Benedict Blackthorn, Christopher finds that he’s chosen to solve codes and puzzles left by his Master.

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