It is completely appropriate that The Blackthorn Key is released the very same day that I go back to school. Why? Because this is the book to give to students to read. This is a book for anyone who loves a good mystery, fantasy, action, and hopefully something that will turn into a series. This book, which again was an ARC given to me by Scholastic, will be a great book to hand to those students that loved Harry Potter or The False Prince. And it will be one that I cannot wait to read aloud.
Bottom-line: 5th grade (or mature 4th graders due to the murders in it) and up.
“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”
Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn—with maybe an explosion or two along the way.
But when a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.