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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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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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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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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!

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Great book.

Great road trip book. Only thing that was annoying to us was the reading of codes.

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Fun Adventure

After the last 4 disappointments I'm happy to find another fun series with the perfect narrator matchup.

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Good story

I found this book a nice listen, not captivating but good. Interesting story line with historical references, though when the codes are read rather long and involved but does not make much sense until main character tells you what it all means.

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Mesmerizing!

Was absolutely a Wonderful listen...
Would listen again
Have recommended to many
Snuggle up and listen but be warned.. you won't want to stop

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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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VERY GOOD :)

Would you consider the audio edition of Blackthorn Key to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the printed version of it but I love the British narrator!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blackthorn Key?

Spoiler Alert! I loved the ending where they throw the twist of when Christopher gets a new master.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book had a lot of good jokes like when Tom was fighting the stuffed bear!

Any additional comments?

This book is dramatic, exciting, interesting, funny, sad, and gross. Everything a book needs!

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