The book is about a boy named Christopher. He is a happy boy who loves to solves puzzles and one day he receives a cryptic code. He has to use every skill he has learned from solving puzzles and solve the mystery. This was a well thought out and well-written book. I really enjoyed reading it. I was recommended this book from one of my friends and I am really glad they recommended it to me. The characters were well thought out and interesting. The book was so unexpected and always kept me on the edge of my seat. I would totally recommend this to teenagers aged 12-17. I give this book a 4.3 out of 5 stars.
- @terrificbooklover of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Set in the 1600’s, this book is definitely going to keep you on the edge of your
seat to find out what’s going to happen next. Christopher Rowe’s life was ought to be
perfect until a mysterious cult begins to hunt on London’s apothecaries. Now it’s up to
Christopher Rowe to discover the key to a terrible secret in order to save the city. This
book is filled with captivating moments that involve suspense, secrets, recipes,
remedies, pigeons and more! The author did an amazing job writing this book as it
brings the reader on a spectacular adventure. It is the perfect read for teens and will
make them want to read the next parts to this series as well: Mark of the Plague, and
The Assassin’s Curse.
- @JustOneMorePage... of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Action packed, codes, informative, mysterious, riddles, friendship, and explosion, The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands has it all for me. Kirkus Best Book of the Year is right up my alley; it has everything it needs to make it a terrific book. First time novelist, Sands has written an impressive and self-assured story of apothecaries, alchemy, and ominous secrets set in the late 17th century in London. Sand uses riddles and puzzles with symbols to create a mysterious and alchemy atmosphere. To be honest, this book is now in my top three best books I’ve read. It’s fast paced, but sometimes it’s hard to follow. There is a cliff-hanger in every chapter, which makes the reader read the next chapter and be on their toes. Each character is written well, especially for the main character, Christopher Rowe. I admire Christopher’s love towards his master and his best friend. Sands wraps up the story very well, using a cliff-hanger (I’m not going to spoil). I give The Blackthorn Key a 4.7/5 rating. I highly recommend anyone to read this book, from kids to seniors.
- @CrimsonLightning of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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