Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 18
- Grade: 5 to 12
A dying friend, a terrible bargain, an underwater quest, and dangerous magic . . . this thrilling adventure picks up right where Children of the Fox leaves off. Fans of twisty, clever stories like The False Prince and Ocean's Eleven will love this newest middle-grade series from Kevin Sands, author of the bestselling Blackthorn Key.
Rule number one: Never mess with magic. Even so, a life-or-death situation calls for Callan and his criminal friends to make a deal with the Eye—the sinister, sentient artifact they stole from a sorcerer. It's Lachlan's life in exchange for a future task, and the gang has no choice but to agree.
But even as Lachlan is resurrected, it's not without cost. Through the Eye, Callan can see a tiny purple stain inside Lachlan's soul, which will eventually consume him. The cure—and their part of the deal—lies with the Dragon's Teeth, a pair of swords with extraordinary powers, and the search for them leads the thieves on a quest that will unravel the mystery of the Eye. Old friends, new betrayals, and an even more daring break-in than the last culminate in a confrontation that will take all the gang's skill and power to resist—or they'll die trying.
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.
"Written in a direct style, the plot is totally compelling with its tension, drama and myriad of tense situations and evil personalities out to thwart the children at every turn." —CM Reviews
Other titles by Kevin Sands
The Raven's Revenge
Champions of the Fox
The Blackthorn Key Complete Collection (Boxed Set)
The Blackthorn Key; Mark of the Plague; The Assassin's Curse; Call of the Wraith; The Traitor's Blade; The Raven's Revenge
Children of the Fox
Thieves of Shadow, Book One
The Traitor's Blade
The Blackthorn Key Cryptic Collection Books 1-4 (Boxed Set)
The Blackthorn Key; Mark of the Plague; The Assassin's Curse; Call of the Wraith