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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Sept. 2015
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B010BZ5T1S
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I'm a history nerd and the bend of history and fiction was perfect, just enough history and research to give the book an authentic feel. Although I could have done without some of the smells that where described and could practically smell wafting off the page! You can easily disappear inside the world of the book, there's no boring pages and pages of historical showing off about how much research the author has done. There's a fair bit of history in the book but like I said....it's not overly done and is there to bring the world to life and make it authentic. I found the Author's Note particularly interesting as well as I had completely forgotten about the differing calendars and so on.
The Blackthorn Key is fast paced, with a quest like vibe, a National Treasure for kids kinda thing. I enjoyed the different clues and trying to work them out along with the characters in the book, as well as work out who the main enemy is. I was completely wrong! The book was full of adventure and humour. I definitely chuckled a fair bit as I was reading, mostly at Christopher and Tom's antics.
It's got to be said, the book had a lot of heart to it with Christopher's relationship with his Master and then his friendship with Tom. It was also kind of sad and heartbreaking in one or two places, but this was balanced out with the humour. Christopher was a likeable character, his sarcasm was spot on and you liked him from the beginning. As you got to know him more, you felt for him more and more as he was struggling in the aftermath of his Masters death. You ended up rooting for him, and your connection to the character meant that there where some pretty intense scenes of suspense. Bridget the pigeon also deserves a mention I think! Christopher's bird BFF who kept turning up all over the place! It was a sweet touch.
The book has a very nice murder mystery at it's heart. There's lots of threads to it because not everything is as it seems, so it's actually quite complex. These other threads slowly reveal themselves and the plot definitely thickens until you're trying to put all the clues together but still not quite managing to puzzle it all out. There where some surprising twists to the story and then a huge end reveal that had me shouting at the book!
All in all The Blackthorn Key was a fun read with plenty of action and adventure to keep you turning the pages, and complex undertones that gives the book an edge.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the beginning of the book showing how much mischief a 15 year old boy can get into with his best friend especially when left with the ingredients to make a "cannon". This actually made me laugh out loud, especially the outcome and unfortunately became such a contrast to the seriousness of the rest of the book.
Christopher Rowe, an apothecary's assistant to Master Apothecary Benedict Blackthorn. Christopher spent his childhood in the Cripplegate Orphanage until his skills caught the eye of the Apothacary's Guild. After winning a place as an apothecary's assistant he was chosen by Benedict Blackthorn. His life is almost idyllic, no longer is he beaten and is now blossoming under Blackthorn's tutorledge until Blackthorn is murdered, leaving Christopher a coded message.
Christopher with the aide of his best friend sets out to find out who murdered his boss and why.
This is a cleverly written book about murder, alchemy, codes, remedies, potions, conspiracies and betrayals.
This is a brilliantly written book, combining history with adventure that will keep everyone glued to their seats, turning their pages, urging Christopher on, hoping that he overcomes the obstacles in his way but keeping safe at the same time.
I loved this book, it was fast paced, well written and a real page turner. I highly recommend this book, both as a YA but also for any adult who loves a good adventure.
I hope that Kevin Sands continues to write and I am certainly looking forward to reading his next book.