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.
Christopher Rowe, apprentice to master apothecary Benedict Blackthorn, is learning all his master's secrets - like how to decipher complex codes and puzzles and how to transform simple ingredients into powerful medicines, potions, and weapons.
Christopher's beloved master guides him with a firm, steady hand - a confidence even more vital as Christopher learns of a mysterious cult preying on London's apothecaries. The murders grow closer and closer to Blackthorn's shop - until Christopher is torn from his home with only a cryptic message and a warning from his master: "Tell no one what I've given you".
Aided by his best friend, Tom, Christopher must race to decipher his master's message - and follow a trail of deceit toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.
©2015 Kevin Sands. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
This story has excellent character development , flow , and intrigue. It is my hope that the author plans to do a second story in which Christopher, Tom and even some of the secondary characters like Tom's sisters and Sally would be seen growing up. The historic pieces, the fundamental chemistry segments and puzzles described as the story develops add an element of participation to the overall story which helps the reader to see things from the perspective of a 12 year old of the 17th century. The performance by the reader was outstanding! I highly recommend this story for any age.
I didn't read the printed version of it but I love the British narrator!
Spoiler Alert! I loved the ending where they throw the twist of when Christopher gets a new master.
This book had a lot of good jokes like when Tom was fighting the stuffed bear!
This book is dramatic, exciting, interesting, funny, sad, and gross. Everything a book needs!
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