Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 14
- Grade: 5 to 9
- Reading age: 10 to 14
Christopher Rowe is back and there are more puzzles, riddles, and secrets to uncover in this follow-up to the Indie Next pick The Blackthorn Key, which was called a “spectacular debut” by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.
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.
And as the sickness strikes close to home, the stakes are higher than ever before…
About the author
Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, and a teacher. He lives in Toronto, Canada. The Blackthorn Key is his first novel.
Excerpt: Mark of the Plague (by (author) Kevin Sands)
Other titles by Kevin Sands
The Blackthorn Key Complete Collection
The Blackthorn Key; Mark of the Plague; The Assassin's Curse; Call of the Wraith; The Traitor's Blade; The Raven's Revenge
The Raven's Revenge
Seekers of the Fox
Thieves of Shadow, Book Two
Children of the Fox
Thieves of Shadow, Book One
The Traitor's Blade
The Blackthorn Key Cryptic Collection Books 1-4
The Blackthorn Key; Mark of the Plague; The Assassin's Curse; Call of the Wraith
Call of the Wraith
The Assassin's Curse
The Blackthorn Key
Find Your Hero Chapter Sampler
Excerpts from six of our stellar 2015 hero-themed middle-grade titles!