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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Sands Narrator: Ray Panthaki Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Blackthorn Key Stories Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781442388543
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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.

Christopher Rowe, apprentice to Master Apothecary Benedict Blackthorn, is learning all his master’s secrets—like how to decipher complex codes and puzzles, and how to transform simple ingredients into powerful medicines, potions, and weapons.

Christopher’s beloved master guides him with a firm, steady hand—a confidence even more vital as Christopher learns of a mysterious cult preying on London’s apothecaries. The murders grow closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop…until Christopher is torn from his home with only a cryptic message and a warning from his master: “Tell no one what I’ve given you.”

Aided by his best friend, Tom, Christopher must race to decipher his master’s message—and follow a trail of deceit toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Brimming with secrets, traps, friendship, intrigue, pigeons, potions, loyalty, and explosions…this thrilling adventure will keep you hooked.”

    Ingrid Law, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Whether they’re in mortal terror or mere horseplay, narrator Ray Panthaki makes the dialogue between the two heroes of this audiobook sound honest and warm…Like Harry Potter and Ron, they’re a memorable pair…Panthaki clearly defines the varying social standing of the many characters through his diction…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “In a genre where many adults are either dead, detached, or outright villainous, a caring adult with complete faith in his charge’s savvy is a nice change. The true villains of the book are cleverly concealed, resulting in a puzzle-filled, satisfyingly twisty tale.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An exciting and self-assured tale of alchemy and dark secrets…Sands adeptly balances the novel’s darker turns with moments of levity and humor and fills the book with nicely detailed characters and historical background—plus lots of explosions.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This stunning and smart mystery is made even better by well-researched historical detail, intriguing characters, and genuinely funny moments…Christopher makes a terrific protagonist, but it’s his love for his friends and master as well as his fearless intellectual curiosity that make him a true hero…A spectacular debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Kevin Sands, since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, and a teacher. He is the author of the award-winning and bestselling Blackthorn Key series.

About the Narrator

Ray Panthaki is a voice talent and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator.