Blackthorn Key

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 363 ratings

Blackthorn Key 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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  • Book 1

    • Blackthorn Key

    • By: Kevin Sands
    • Narrated by: Ray Panthaki
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent for any age

    • By Kindle Customer on 09-23-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Blackthorn Key

    • By: Kevin Sands
    • Narrated by: Ray Panthaki
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    London, 1665. Fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe is apprenticed to master apothecary Benedict Blackthorn. In Blackthorn's shop, Christopher learns the delicate secrets of transforming simple ingredients into powerful medicines, potions and weapons. His beloved master guides him with a firm, steady hand - instilling him with confidence and independence that prove increasingly vital as Christopher learns of a mysterious cult preying on the most learned men in London.

    Regular price: $20.66

  • Book 2

    • Mark of the Plague

    • Blackthorn Key, Book 2
    • By: Kevin Sands
    • Narrated by: Ray Panthaki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 62

    The Black Death has returned to London, spreading disease and fear through town. A mysterious prophet predicts the city's ultimate doom - until an unknown apothecary arrives with a cure that actually works. Christopher's Blackthorn shop is chosen to prepare the remedy. But when an assassin threatens the apothecary's life, Christopher and his faithful friend, Tom, are back to hunting down the truth, risking their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this narrator

    • By crackinggood on 01-13-18

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Mark of the Plague

    • A Blackthorn Key adventure
    • By: Kevin Sands
    • Narrated by: Ray Panthaki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Boils, blood and a burning fever - the black death has returned to London.... As the dreaded sickness spreads through the city, striking down rich and poor alike, an unknown man arrives with a miracle cure. But when an assassin threatens the life of the city's new saviour, young apothecary Christopher Rowe and his faithful friend Tom must risk their lives to untangle another dark conspiracy.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 3

    • The Assassin's Curse

    • Blackthorn Key, Book 3
    • By: Kevin Sands
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Wherever Christopher Rowe goes, adventure - and murder - follows. Even a chance to meet King Charles ends in a brush with an assassin. All that's recovered from the killer is a coded message with an ominous sign-off: more attempts are coming. So when Christopher's code-breaking discovers the attack's true target, he and his friends are ordered to Paris to investigate a centuries-old curse on the French throne. And when they learn an ancient treasure is promised to any assassin who succeeds, they realize the entire royal family is at stake - as well as their own lives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Voices

    • By Kindle Customer on 06-08-18

    Regular price: $22.67

  • Book 4

    • Call of the Wraith

    • The Blackthorn Key, Book 4
    • By: Kevin Sands
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    Christopher Rowe has no idea who he is. After being shipwrecked in Devonshire, he wakes up alone, his memories gone. Villagers tell him he was possessed by an unseen evil, and only became conscious after being visited by the local witch. As Christopher tries to get his bearings, he realizes his current state may be far from coincidence. Dark events have been happening in this corner of Britain - village children are disappearing without a trace. There are whispers that the malevolent ghost of the White Lady has returned to steal the children away, one by one, and consume their souls.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome book

    • By Roy Ouellette on 10-30-18

    Regular price: $22.67