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The Blackthorn Key
The Blackthorn Key | Kevin Sands
In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.
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Lina.jam
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The Blackthorn key is about a boy named Christopher who‘s master (teacher) comes home late at night with burns on his back. After a few short days Christoper comes home to his master tied with rope and dead. Heartbroken him and his best friend Tom search to solve the mystery behind his death. While uncovering the true meaning behind his work. If you like books that are about mysteries and adventures you will love this book! The genre is fiction.

MissYaremcio I'm glad you are liking the book so far Lina! Remember, genre isn't just fiction but another specifier. 4d
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Cameron_Gibbons
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The Blackthorn Key was a very good book with suspense and mystery. The wording was good and something that I liked about the book was that the recipes used by the apothecaries were used by real ones in the setting and timeframes of the book. Some parts of the book were a little dragging but once you got past them it got very flowing.

MissYaremcio Great review Cameron! The summary left me wanting more! Keep up the great work! 1mo
Jeran_Lynnes So beautiful Cam, I love it 👌 2w
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carmina.perez
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Summary: It's the year 1665 and Christopher Rowe is an orphan apprenticed to the great apothecary master Benedict Blackthorn.Except for a fewexplosions here and there,his life is great.His master is kind and intelligent,andChristopher has what it takes to become a great apothecary himself.The book did not appeal to me as much as I thought it would,so it was hard to read.I think this book is also targeted to a younger audience, judging by the theme

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carmina.perez
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Genre : Paranormal fiction
Date started : 10/1/19
Date completed : 10/16/19
How did you choose this book : It interested me in the library
Who was the protagonist; what was his/her problem and how was the problem resolved ? (next post)

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HaydenTheGreat
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When a cult of murderers go around London a boy named Christopher Rowe and his master find themselves in a dangerous place. And when Christopher finds something that could end the world he doesn‘t know who his allies are... I would say that the tone is dark but your friends are always there. If you like magic and suspense this is for you.

DrexEdit I like magic, suspense, AND London. Stacked! 😊 2mo
MissYaremcio Very nice Hayden! You captured this novel well! I‘ll be to sure to add it to my need to read pile! 2mo
MrsBabki Well done! 2mo
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LibrarianRyan
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I think for the first time ever I am disappointed in #Bookoutlet. I ordered some GN for my swaps. One came in as vol 2 instead of vol 1, and the other came in in the movie tie in edition which was NOT what I ordered.

Then there is this. This is clearly a used book. I do NOT buy used books for swaps (I give books used by me, but I don‘t buy them). I knew it was scratch and dent but as you can see from the library markings...👇🏻

LibrarianRyan Their customer service is normally great so hopefully I will have no problems. 2mo
BethM That‘s frustrating. 2mo
silentrequiem Their CS should fix this. I had similar issues before and they made it right. 2mo
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LibrarianRyan @silentrequiem I hope so. I once received a moldy book and they were great. They couldn‘t replace it as they no longer had it but they refunded it and gave me a $5 gift card. Super nice. Hopefully I can just exchange this. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Wow , I have never gotten a clearly used and/or ex library book from them . 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Leftcoastzen yeah. Except for all the markings it seems like a brand new paperback. No folds, no bends. It‘s almost as if the library changed their mind about the purchase. But it should still NOT be marked Scratch and dent. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Totally agree 2mo
LeahBergen What the?? 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai So frustrating. 2mo
Avanders Wow .. I wonder.. how this happened? Maybe they didn‘t realize they were receiving library books? I‘m always trying to give people the benefit of the doubt... 😬🙃 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Avanders my guess is that the library jobber barcodes and stamps the books for the library and then the library canceled the order. Or that‘s my thought. 2mo
Avanders Oooh that would make sense. Doesn‘t change things for you, the bookoutlet customer, but at least there‘s some sense 😁 2mo
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jdsutter
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Starting this one this week. A recommendation by a friend.

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Wildeanise
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It was a good book I read it at the start of the year and it was done just like that I loved it.

Cfischbuch You have time to pick up the second book before school lets out. The third is my favourite. Happy reading. 5mo
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julesG
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Read to my son. This is pretty interesting.

#raisingreaders

#booksandtea

Mommamanzi I loved this book!! So did my 12 year old! 11mo
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Natemiller
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I really liked this book at first it was a little slow but it got really good after the slow part. The covers are very appealing. It was not confusing at all it was very easy to follow.And it also created a good picture in my mind.I would recommend this book to most people that just like a good long read

Cfischbuch I enjoyed figuring out the codes / ciphers, and really liked the characters. Book Three - The Assassin‘s Curse is well worth reading. 13mo
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aprilpohren
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Really enjoyed this one and already grabbed the second in the series.

julesG Just bought this for my kids the other day. We loved the first line so much. 1y
aprilpohren @julesG It's a great read! A little on the graphic/gory side but not overly so. Very engrossing and I fell in love with the characters! 1y
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Abby2
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This is middle school reading at its best. Adventure, history and puzzles are combined with a great story and a comforting conclusion. I really enjoyed it

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StaceyKondla
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I was very excited to meet Kevin Sands at Word On The Street in Lethbridge today - I have a very sentimental attachment to his book, The Blackthorn Key, as it was the first book I was able to read cover to cover after having my stroke.

LeahBergen Oh, how wonderful. ❤️❤️ 2y
DebinHawaii That's awesome that you got to meet him! 💜 2y
Dragon Glad you were able to meet him! He looks like a nice person. 👍🐉 2y
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kspenmoll So happy for you!!' 2y
Jaimelire These moments of joy in our lives are so precious. Glad you got to meet him.❤️ (edited) 2y
Libby1 🌼 2y
StaceyKondla @LeahBergen @DebinHawaii @Dragon @kspenmoll @Jaimelire @Libby1 Thank you all for the nice comments 😊 It really was a great moment and he was very nice 2y
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Felixsfelicis
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Love 🌹

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BookishTrish
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I'll take three-word titles starting with The for $500, Alex #holidayreads #vacation

8leagueboot If I see the word "Irish" in any title, I immediately want to read it haha 2y
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JTRobertson
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This was an enjoyable read. Had a few good twists, and pulls you into the period. The main characters are likeable and easy to root for. I cringed a little when they were using Mercury, imagining kids reading this wanting to play with it, but the use is authentic for the time, so it makes sense.

It was a little odd in the audiobook version listening to the decoding. The reader read each letter/symbol -- lost in translation without seeing it.

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johnnie_cakes
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Heading to the beach for a week in a few days, and I think I've assembled the book pile that's coming with me. #summerreads #beachreads

BookishTrish I'm keen to get my hands on the Tasha Alexander. Let me know how it is, pleased 2y
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juliavegan
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"Tom raised his eyebrows. “Master Benedict keeps cannon fuse?” “We use it to light things from far away,” I said. “You know,” Tom said, “things you have to light from far away probably shouldn‘t be lit at all.”

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Magische_Momente
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Ein genialer Auftakt der Blackthorn Reihe, der mich auf ganzer Ebene begeistern konnte.
Ein gut durchdachte Handlung, ausdrucksstarke Charaktere und eine Spannung die sich immer mehr aufbaut.
Dazu gibt es Wendungen, die vollkommen gelungen sind und alles in den Schatten stellen.
Emotional, magisch und sehr spannend.
komplette Rezension auf dem Blog.

http://magischemomentefuermich.blogspot.de/2017/01/rezension-kevin-sands-der-bla...

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StaceyKondla
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I managed to finish this today. It is classified as a 9-12yr old novel. It is historical fiction with some good action and adventure, alchemy and intrigue. I may read book 2 if I can wrangle up a copy.

BethFishReads I really liked this and am looking forward to the 2nd 3y
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StaceyKondla
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I haven't been on Litsy since last weekend as I ended up in the hospital with a stroke on last Monday. Overall I am very lucky, but do have some recovering to do. The stroke has given me terrible headaches and affected my vision. It has taken me 4 days to read 200 pages of this kids book - but you know what? I'm reading and I am never going to stop

Jenni_Capps Glad to hear you are ok... sending good vibes your way ❤️ 3y
Clare-Dragonfly Oh no! I'm glad you're in recovery and not giving up! All my best wishes for speedy healing. 3y
ScorpioBookDreams Thinking of you 💕💕 3y
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DGRachel Sending positive, healing thoughts your way! 💗 3y
AnnieReads Best wishes on a speedy recovery! 3y
LeahBergen Oh, no! Thinking of you and sending hugs. 💗💗💗 3y
kspenmoll So so sorry. Rest up as much as you need to recover- sending positive energy, esp for reading. Happy you are ok. 3y
Redwritinghood Glad to hear you're doing ok. I hope you recover quickly. 3y
Dragon Glad you are reading and have such a positive attitude! Take care of yourself! 💐 3y
BekahB Oh no! I hope you start feeling better soon. 3y
NCNY Glad you're okay. Feel better and good luck with your recovery. 3y
RanaElizabeth Oh my gosh, best wishes on a quick recovery! 3y
Grrlbrarian Sending you healing thoughts and best wishes! Hang in there! 3y
NatalieR So sorry! Wishing you a speedy recovery. ❤️ 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 oh my! glad to hear you are recovering 😘. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Sending healing thoughts and hugs! Fortitude, friend! 😘 3y
Megabooks Wishing you a the best recovery possible and sending many positive thoughts!!! 💜💜 3y
Bookzombie I'm so sorry! Sending you healing thoughts! 3y
SharonGoforth Healing thoughts for a quick recovery are headed your way! 3y
Cinfhen Best wishes for a speedy recovery ❤💐 3y
TrishB Hope you're on the mend ❤ 3y
Bookworm54 I'm so glad you are still reading! Keep up those positive vibes! Hope you have a fast recovery x 3y
irre Hoping for a speedy recovery. 💐💐 3y
Reviewsbylola Oh no!! Prayers for a fast recovery. 3y
EloisaJames I'm so sorry about the strike--I hope you get better right away! 3y
Anovelobsession Get better soon! 3y
AmandaL I'm so sorry that happened. Feel better. 3y
AlobelThee Sorry to hear. Best wishes on recovering soon! 3y
ValerieAndBooks Yikes. Hope you are feeling good again really soon! 3y
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Lorren
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I read this for book club. I never would have picked it up on my own but I did like it. The apothecary elements were interesting, it read well, and the action kept me going. I liked it-- it just didn't have that special sparkle that makes me love a book. But I am going to read the sequel.

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quirkyreader19
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"Benedict once mentioned his apprentice had a friend so loyal that no matter what ludicrous scheme the boy concocted, Thomas Bailey would be there, right beside him. Christopher is wanted for murder. His head is worth twenty pounds. And the King's men are not the only predators hunting it. Yet here you are."- If only we were all so lucky to have such a friend. I love this quote it sums up there friendship beautifully.

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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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I started this book while in line to vote, and I enjoyed it much more than the results of the election! I thought the mystery was well-paced and the characters believable. I also appreciated the historical alchemy woven throughout!

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CorLostForWords
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Seriously loving this book!

sheilamaverbuch It's one of the best middle grade I have read in a long time 3y
CorLostForWords It was awesome! I'm quite enjoying MARK OF THE PLAGUE right now as well too. 3y
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Dragon
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Opened up Soulless and found a bookmark and guess who has the book. Almost forgot I bought it at the Raise-A-Reader

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Dragon
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Opened up Soulless and found a bookmark and guess who has the book. Almost forgot I bought it at the Raise-A-Reader

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aunt_feather
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Simply put, THE NAME OF THE ROSE for teens. Great mystery, action, characters-- and some super smart moments kept me guessing.

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Msteall
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A really fun story!! Written for young readers but I enjoyed the mystery and action. I read it to see if my son should read it. I think he'll love it and it will give us something to talk about as he works out the mysteries and action. I'll be getting the next book in the series.

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Msteall
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Trying this out to see if it's appropriate for my son. Anyone have thoughts on that?

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