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The Blackthorn Key

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The Blackthorn Key

The Blackthorn Key

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by Kevin Sands - Children's, Fantasy, Mystery

 

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.

by Kevin Sands - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Mystery, Youth Fiction

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…

by Kevin Sands - Adventure, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

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.

by Kevin Sands - Adventure, Children's 10-14, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery
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.