Blackthorn Key

Narrated by: Ray Panthaki
Series: Blackthorn Key, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (323 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Terrific Story of Intrigues and History

Author Sands has woven a tight mystery in 1660's London where superstition among apothecaries, ancient trade guilds and even some alchemical mystery provide the backdrop. Narrator perfectly delivers the entertainment.

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Excellent for any age

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.

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A real page turner...even the audiobook!

What made the experience of listening to Blackthorn Key the most enjoyable?

Great narrator and wonderful story that had tantalising cliffhanger after cliffhanger.

What does Ray Panthaki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brings the character to life. And his accent suits the story perfectly.

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Was really impressed by this first book in the series. And loved the historical tidbits in the background.

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Better than I expected

I started out reading this book for a school project but It turns out this is a gr8 book once you get into it.

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The description strokes a vivid picture

I fell in love with the story. The friendships & heartbreaks bring you to the brink of tears but it is fun and fantastical at the same time it is heart wrenching. I am ready to start book 2 again. It is a trilogy of stories that you can listen to more than once.

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incredible story. and I love the plot twist!!

a must read. no doubt about it this is an amazing story the plot is great the whole thing is just great. not for you if you do not like puzzles. beautiful writing. have not regretted buying.

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Wonderful!

Amazing story with the perfect narrator! I can’t wait to listen to the 2nd one! So glad the narrator stayed the same!

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Entertained and warm fuzzied.

Twisty-turny! Limited swearing, and no lewd content. Good principles of loyalty and endearment. Great read for my teen and I.

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Totally Addicted to this book! I love this kind of stuff! My favorite series EVER!👍

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I have a new favorite cast of characters!

This was great mystery, history, a story of true friendship and good vs evil at it's peak! Can't wait to read more of this series to see Christopher's path forward and who walks his path with him!