Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 14
- Grade: 5 to 9
- Reading age: 10 to 14
Christopher’s homecoming takes a sinister turn when a murderous conspiracy is uncovered in this fifth novel of the award-winning Blackthorn Key series.
Christopher, Tom, and Sally are back in London at last. Everyone is relieved at their return—the plague has ended, and the king, pleased with their service, offers a surprising reward. But trouble has followed them home...
First, an old friend is ambushed and left for dead. Then an anonymous letter arrives at Blackthorn—a mysterious warning hidden inside a riddle and secret code. As Christopher and his friends begin to investigate, they soon discover they’ve stumbled upon a plot to kill the king...and anyone else who dares stand in the traitors’ way.
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: The Traitor's Blade (by (author) Kevin Sands)
Other titles by Kevin Sands
Seekers of the Fox
Thieves of Shadow, Book Two
Children of the Fox
Thieves of Shadow, Book One
The Raven's Revenge
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
Mark of the Plague
The Blackthorn Key
Find Your Hero Chapter Sampler
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