Monday, April 25, 2016

Bibliophile's Corner

The Blackthorn Key
by Kevin Sands

Flap Copy Description:
“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.

My Thoughts:
For fans of the Artemis Fowl series, run don't walk to grab a copy of The Blackthorn Key! This debut upper middle grade novel by Kevin Sands is full of action, adventure, and alchemy, all mixed together with a measure of magic - I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plot and character development, as well as setting descriptions, are all beautifully well-written by the pen of Mr. Sands. I highly recommend this upper middle grade novel to readers aged ten and up, and anxiously await the sequel to The Blackthorn Key. Bravo, Kevin Sands!

Click here to learn more about the author Kevin Sands.