Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Kevin Sands
Christopher Rowe is an apprentice to the apothecary, Master Blackthorn. Christopher enjoys helping in the shop, learning new medicines, and cracking codes Master Blackthorn uses to keep his potion recipes a secret. But Christopher’s happy life is suddenly uprooted when a cult seeking a recipe for a powerful explosion murders Blackthorn, and the authorities think Christopher killed him! It is up to Christopher and his friend, Tom, to crack Blackthorn’s last code and find the dangerous weapon. Christopher traps the murderers, taking them down and clearing his name in one move.
Fans of historical fiction will love Christopher Rowe and his adventures in The Blackthorn Key. Christopher is a fun-loving child that is somewhat of a rascal, but he uses his great wit and creativity to solve the problems he faces. This story is packed with adventure, antics, explosions, and secrets. There is also a great murder mystery element that (although not every aspect of the mystery is foreshadowed to the same extent) readers can enjoy deducting the correct conclusion before the characters. In addition to being an entertaining adventure and chilling mystery, The Blackthorn Key emphasizes the importance of loyalty between friends and trusting each other.
*Contains mild violence.